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TITLE
Letterfearn, Loch Duich, and the Five Sisters of Kintail
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_3966
PLACENAME
Letterfearn
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1970s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
35799
KEYWORDS
mountains
hill walking
Glen Shiel
Five Sisters of Kintail
loch
Letterfearn, Loch Duich, and the Five Sisters of Kintail

The small community of Letterfearn, from where this photograph was taken, is situated on the western shore of Loch Duich, five miles north west of Shiel Bridge and two miles south of Eilean Donan Castle across the loch. The head of Loch Duich is dominated by the hills of Kintail, known as the Five Sisters.

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 five peaks are part of a ridge some 8 km (5 miles) long which rises steeply above Glen Shiel to a maximum height of 1,067 metres (3,501 feet). The distinct peaks are a well known landmark in the area and a popular hillwalking expedition. Three of the Five Sisters are classified as full Munros, while the other two are described as subsidiary Munro tops.

The smaller peak closer to the loch is Sgurr an t-Searraich (576m).

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Letterfearn, Loch Duich, and the Five Sisters of Kintail

ROSS: Lochalsh

1970s

mountains; hill walking; Glen Shiel; Five Sisters of Kintail; loch

Highland Libraries

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The small community of Letterfearn, from where this photograph was taken, is situated on the western shore of Loch Duich, five miles north west of Shiel Bridge and two miles south of Eilean Donan Castle across the loch. The head of Loch Duich is dominated by the hills of Kintail, known as the Five Sisters.<br /> <br /> 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 five peaks are part of a ridge some 8 km (5 miles) long which rises steeply above Glen Shiel to a maximum height of 1,067 metres (3,501 feet). The distinct peaks are a well known landmark in the area and a popular hillwalking expedition. Three of the Five Sisters are classified as full Munros, while the other two are described as subsidiary Munro tops. <br /> <br /> The smaller peak closer to the loch is Sgurr an t-Searraich (576m).