Scotland 2017 - Day 8

Isle of Skye - Trumpan


The weather was threatening rain but we headed out northwest of Portree to the tip of the Waternish Peninsula and the location of Trumpan and St Conan's Church. From there we returned to Fairy Bridge and continued west to Dunvegan then south through Bracadale to Carbost and the Talisker Distillery (again - it was open this time but the next tour was in an hour so we decided against it) before returning to Portree.

Trumpan and St Conan's Church

The Waternish Peninsula is one of many fingers of land that stick out from the central part of Skye. Most of these fingers are remote, windswept, sparsely populated and served by narrow, winding one track roads. It is not clear why the roads were ever built there, let alone why anybody wold want to live there. But live there they do and have done for hundreds of years. Near the top of Waternish lies the locality of Trumpan - a few scattered houses, boggy soil, a few sheep and a few highland cattle. And the ruin of St Conan's Church. This church was the site of one of many massacres that the Scots history is full of. They massacred a few English armies (and were killed in their hundreds in return) but most of the time they killed each other.

The road at the end of the Waternish Peninsula, heading for St Conan's Church.
The ruin of St Conan's Church.
The story of Trumpan
And the story of the MacLeods and macDonalds....
The windows look more like arrow or gun slots....
No shortage of macLeods here.
Looking across to Ardmore Point
The village of Trumpan.

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