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TITLE
Lighthouse on Eilean Ban, Kyleakin
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_2288
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
34188
KEYWORDS
lighthouse
cottages
island
author
otters
Lighthouse on Eilean Ban, Kyleakin

The smartly painted lighthouse helps guide vessels through Kyle Akin and past Eilean Ban, the "Fair or White Island", just off Kyle of Lochalsh. The lighthouse was constructed on the island in 1857 and not automated until 1960. The island now supports part of the structure of the Skye Bridge. The island is also well known as the home of Gavin Maxwell, author of "Ring of Bright Water", after his house at Sandaig further down the coast was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. His ambition to turn the island into a nature sanctuary and home for his beloved otters was not fulfilled due to ill health, and he died in Broadford Hospital in 1969.

This card was produced by Jerome Limited, a chain of photographers with shops in various parts of Britain. One of their branches was in Leith Street in Edinburgh, from about 1934 to the early 1970s. Although specialising in Portrait photography, they also processed film and printed images as postcards

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Lighthouse on Eilean Ban, Kyleakin

INVERNESS: Strath

lighthouse; cottages; island; author; otters

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

The smartly painted lighthouse helps guide vessels through Kyle Akin and past Eilean Ban, the "Fair or White Island", just off Kyle of Lochalsh. The lighthouse was constructed on the island in 1857 and not automated until 1960. The island now supports part of the structure of the Skye Bridge. The island is also well known as the home of Gavin Maxwell, author of "Ring of Bright Water", after his house at Sandaig further down the coast was destroyed by fire in the 1960s. His ambition to turn the island into a nature sanctuary and home for his beloved otters was not fulfilled due to ill health, and he died in Broadford Hospital in 1969.<br /> <br /> This card was produced by Jerome Limited, a chain of photographers with shops in various parts of Britain. One of their branches was in Leith Street in Edinburgh, from about 1934 to the early 1970s. Although specialising in Portrait photography, they also processed film and printed images as postcards