A Cuillin Rising Over the Sea

Nov 15, 2013 by

Cò seo, cò seo, oidhche chridhe?
Chan eil ach an nì do-ruighinn,
an samhla a chunnaic an t-anam,
Cuilitheann ag èirigh thar mara.

Who is this, who is this in the night of the heart?
It is the thing that is not reached,
the ghost seen by the soul,
a Cuillin rising over the sea.

~from An Cuilitheann/ The Cuillin, by Sorley MacLean(1911-1996)

Across Ashaig to the Cuillin, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland image: http://bit.ly/18BRlWj

Across Ashaig to the Cuillin, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
image: copyright James Brown

Ashaig (Scottish Gaelic: Aiseag, referring to a ferry) is a small hamlet, adjacent to Upper Breakish and Lower Breakish near Broadford on the beautiful island of Skye, Scotland. As you look across the fields, the mountains you see in the distance are The Cuillin, a rocky group of munros that rise from the Atlantic as jagged peaks of basalt and gabbro, a rough igneous rock that provides a superb grip for mountaineers.

The Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye

The Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye

The Battle of Coire Na Creiche (Battle of Benquhillan) was the last Scottish clan battle fought on the Isle of Skye, in 1601. It was the culmination of a year of feuding between Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan and the Clan MacDonald of Sleat, that ended with a MacDonald victory in Coire Na Creiche on the northern slopes of the Cuillin hills, below Bruach na Frìthe.

Sgurr nan Gillean (left), Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe (right), Coire Na Creiche is round the corner to the right

Sgurr nan Gillean (left), Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe (right), Coire Na Creiche is round the corner to the right

Glen Sligachan enclosed by the Black Cuillin and Marsco from South Bla Bheinn.

Glen Sligachan enclosed by the Black Cuillin and Marsco from South Bla Bheinn.

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