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Monday, September 21, 2015

Kyleakin


Another picture of the harbor at Kyleakin, on the Skye side of the bridge. Kyle is from the Gaelic word for strait (Kyle of Lochalsh is a romantic-sounding way of saying “the strait by Loch Alsh") and  Kyleakin means the Strait of Haakon, referring to the Norwegian king Haakon IV -- the Norwegians ruled Skye for several centuries a millennium or so ago.

The ruined castle -- because of course you've got to have a ruined castle -- is called Caisteal Maol, and dates from the 15th century, though there may have been much older structures there.

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