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TITLE
The Five Sisters, Loch Duich and Mam Rattachan
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0737
PLACENAME
Dornie
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32657
KEYWORDS
postcards
legends
folklore
hills
lochs
place names
passes
roads
The Five Sisters, Loch Duich and Mam Rattachan

This postcard shows the mountain peaks known as 'The Five Sisters' at Loch Duich in Wester Ross. Legend relates that two Irish Princes, washed ashore during a storm, fell in love with two of the seven daughters of the King of Kintail. Having promised to send their five brothers for the remaining sisters, the Princes married the two youngest Princesses and returned to Ireland. The five sisters waited in vain, and eventually asked the Grey Magician of Coire Dhunnaid to extend their vigil beyond life itself, whereupon he turned them into mountains.

The mountains rise above Glen Shiel at the head of Loch Duich. They are called Sgurr na Mòraich (876m), Sgurr nan Saighead (929m), Sgurr Fhuaran (1068m), Sgurr na Carnach (1002m) and Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (1027m).

The Mam Rattigan Pass can be seen in the foreground of the postcard. The Pass leads to Kyle of Lochalsh and rises from sea level to 350 metres

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The Five Sisters, Loch Duich and Mam Rattachan

ROSS: Lochalsh

1940s

postcards; legends; folklore; hills; lochs; place names; passes; roads

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the mountain peaks known as 'The Five Sisters' at Loch Duich in Wester Ross. Legend relates that two Irish Princes, washed ashore during a storm, fell in love with two of the seven daughters of the King of Kintail. Having promised to send their five brothers for the remaining sisters, the Princes married the two youngest Princesses and returned to Ireland. The five sisters waited in vain, and eventually asked the Grey Magician of Coire Dhunnaid to extend their vigil beyond life itself, whereupon he turned them into mountains.<br /> <br /> The mountains rise above Glen Shiel at the head of Loch Duich. They are called Sgurr na Mòraich (876m), Sgurr nan Saighead (929m), Sgurr Fhuaran (1068m), Sgurr na Carnach (1002m) and Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (1027m).<br /> <br /> The Mam Rattigan Pass can be seen in the foreground of the postcard. The Pass leads to Kyle of Lochalsh and rises from sea level to 350 metres