Thanks for the kind comments guys..and Im glad you appear to agree that “ Its Better an empty house ..than a bad tenant” with regards to dumping.
I do follow the access code..and ensure its left below high water mark. .that way its flushed to sea..twice a day.. which is far more that the public convenience at Crianlarich is flushed..that happens once a year.
As today is heavy rain all day..I have postponed my proposed adventure until the weekend.. so can add a little more to this mini one.
Dump Cave..as I now like to call it.. is not nearly as amazing as Skye’s best know cave .. Spar Cave.. which is only around the corner from this cave. I didn’t visit it as my smartass phone beam is not powerful enough to illuminate that huge grotto. It requires a powerful torch to see it safely.. but as long as you can see the pools of water..it is a safe cave. However ... if walking.. beware.. it can only be accessed at low tide. These photos are not mine..I have borrowed them from the net to illustrate this one.
After my extra cool power shower .. I headed to the point off Elgol peninsula for some fish dinner.. to fill the now vacant void in my stomach
Within moments..I had a full house of three mackerel on my feather lures. I only had room in my small void for two..so the third mackerel was returned.
No point in killing it needlessly ..as I like my fish lunch to be as fresh as possible. I landed and cooked the other two before they stopped twitching. Fresh mackerel taste completely different from the crap sold in fish shops. The salty taste of fish gives me a thirst..so I like to have lashings of black vinegar with it..I don’t mind that coming from a can.. assuming there is no fresh stuff close at hand.
Stomach suitably refilled .. I then went about my business of exploring the old ruins along this part of the coastline.
Dun Scaich castle being a particularly good example..it was once a house for Clan MacDonald of Sleet.
The ancient dun on top of this cliff is not so well known..but was home to some wild living folks around stone age man time ?
There is another stone age fortification on the central pillar of Eilean Ruairidch ..which has lovely views over the Cuillin mountains.
If fact..there are several ruined villages dotted along this coastline. The villages were burned to the ground by the Lord MacDonald of that era .. to make way for their sheep. This was only a hundred years so so ago.. during the clearances ..not in stone age times. This photo is part of Boreraig village where 120 villagers were cleared to make way for sheep..in 1853. Many emigrated to America as they had little left to live for in Scotland.
Wandering among the ruins ..I heard in my head .. children's voices laughing as they played outside these homes.. I thought of cooking pots being stirred in hot hearths by mothers .. and I heard fishermen hauling nets ashore to fill the pots. I always find it a poignant time when I wonder what life was like for people of old.
Then I noticed a couple of pounds in coins ..that someone recently had left in a small pocket in a wall of one of the ruins.
I confess ..my initial reaction was to take the money. I spend little on my solitary sojourns into the wilderness .. living off free fish ..berries and herbs. ..even the odd bit of road kill if it looks ok.
Then I thought.. what do I need it for ? I gave up a life of wanting many possessions ... a long time ago.. and Im a lot happier for it. I left the money and village far behind as I made my way back to my car home.
I slept soundly that night ..without a care or worry in the world.