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TITLE
Cuchullin Hills, from Portree Bay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_2451
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
34355
KEYWORDS
mountains
hills
bay
boats
Cuchullin Hills, from Portree Bay

The snow dusting the tops of the Cuillin hills adds to the grandeur of the famous mountain range in this George Washington Wilson image. The Cuillin attracted mountaineers from the very early days of the sport in Britain, with the hotel at Sligachan close to the lower slopes providing welcome accommodation. Many of these Victorian visitors would have arrived on the island by passenger steamer at Portree, which remains the island's business and tourism capital.

The hills have been referred to in a variety of names including Coolins, Cuildhean, Cuilfhionn and Culinn. Evidently the name does not derive from the Irish warrior Cuchullin who reputedly built Dunsgaich, the castle in south Skye, but more likely from the humble sea holly or cuillionn-mara, inspired by the jagged peaks of the hills perhaps

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Cuchullin Hills, from Portree Bay

INVERNESS: Portree

1900s

mountains; hills; bay; boats

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

The snow dusting the tops of the Cuillin hills adds to the grandeur of the famous mountain range in this George Washington Wilson image. The Cuillin attracted mountaineers from the very early days of the sport in Britain, with the hotel at Sligachan close to the lower slopes providing welcome accommodation. Many of these Victorian visitors would have arrived on the island by passenger steamer at Portree, which remains the island's business and tourism capital.<br /> <br /> The hills have been referred to in a variety of names including Coolins, Cuildhean, Cuilfhionn and Culinn. Evidently the name does not derive from the Irish warrior Cuchullin who reputedly built Dunsgaich, the castle in south Skye, but more likely from the humble sea holly or cuillionn-mara, inspired by the jagged peaks of the hills perhaps