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Currie Plaque at Clachan, Shiskine, Arran

This morning, we collected a  group of Clan Currie members from central Glasgow, Scotland and embarked on a trip to Isle of Arran as follows:

  • First, one hour trip south to Ardrossan for ferry connection to Brodick which sailed on time. However, the criossing was buffeted by rain and wind giving rise to a 30 minute delay due to assistance provided to a fishing vessel which was experiencing difficulties.

Ferry at Ardrossan

  • Upon arrival at Brodick at 12.30pm we visited the nearby Heritage Museum which has a wide range of exhibits dating from prehistoric times through to the 20th century, including a section on the Highland Clearances and local genealogy in which Curries feature prominently.

Blacksmith’s Workshop

Early Bronze Age Cist Burial

WW1 Curries

  • Next to a historic old church at Clachan, Shiskine in the S.W.of Arran where the group attended a dedication ceremony to a plaque recording the Curries from the local area who worshipped at the site.

Video clip of Piper at ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony

Clachan Church.

Old Burial Ground at Clachan. Final resting place of ,many Curries from local community.

  • Next, to the nearby St Molios Church at Shiskine for another service which lasted about 20 minutes.

St Molios Church, Shiskine.

Effigy of St Molios

  • Finally group were deposited at various hotels around Brodick.
  • Later in the evening the group attended a Ceilidh at Brodick Village Hall.

Crail Harbour, Fife, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on the popular fishing village of Crail which is located in the East Neuk of Fife which in turn is located in eastern Scotland.

Lobster Pots at Crail Harbour, Fife

Crail is extremely popular with tourists, artists and photographers. Summary facts and information on Crail:-

  • Population 1650.
  • Name translates as ‘rock’.
  • Has history dating back to 12th century, and probably much earlier.
  • Historically a fishing port with trading links to northern Europe. Hence European influenced architecture features such as crow-stepped gables and pantiled roofs.
  • Located 53 miles N.E. of Edinburgh and 10m S. of St Andrews.
  • Holds annual festivals for foods and arts.
  • Well endowed with tourist accommodation.
  • Home to:
    • Historic golf club, ranking as world’s 7th oldest with two links courses.
    • Well established craft pottery producing stoneware, terracotta and other products.
    • Raceway (drag strip and race car track).
    • Lobster store in harbour.
    • A small marina.

Crail Pottery, Fife

Village Houses, Crail, Fife

Lobster Store, Crail Harbour

Quiraing landslip, Trotternish, Skye

This evening, I am posting information on the spectacular Trotternish (Trondairnis in Gaelic) area of the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s West Coast.Trotternish forms the northernmost peninsula or ‘wing’ of Skye. (The island is also known as the ‘winged island’ due to its geography.)

Name Origin

Ness is a word of Germanic origin meaning point or headland.The full name means ‘Thrond’s Ness’ ( cf Trondheim in Norway.)

Gaelic Speakers

About sixty per cent of the Trotternish population claim to speak Gaelic.

Geology

Skye is predominantly volcanic in origin with lava flows covering 400 square miles which are typified by table-topped hills. The lava has a thickness of 2000 feet which extends into the Trotternish region before terminating in a stark escarpment above Mesozoic sediments. The escarpment in eastern Trotternish provides examples of land slips where great masses of heavy basalt have slipped over weaker underlying Jurassic sediments to create very irregular topography as illustrated in the Quiraing and the Storr.

Old Man of Storr, Trotternish, Skye.

The Storr, Trotternish, Skye, Scotland.

Quiraing, Skye

Settlements

The principal settlements in Trotternish are Portree (often considered the capital of Skye), Uig (a ferry port) and Staffin.

Dinosaurs

In addition to the geology and scenery, fossilised dinosaur footprints from the Jurassic period have been found at Staffin.

Visitor Sites

Skye Museum of Island Life.