Dreaming Stones: The Church and the Stone

A wonderful guided tour of a cemetery on the Isle of Skye, rich in the history of the island but also Clan MacLeod. The church of St Mary, in spite of its appearance, is not all that old, being built only in 1694, according to the date over the north door. Like most Scottish cemeteries, it is situated on the edge of the village, away from the lands of the living, echoing what we believe to be an ancient tradition. Outlander fans will enjoy the history behind the Fraser name too. A fascinating look at Scottish history and well worth heading over to read and to enjoy the photographs.

France & Vincent

We had spotted the ruined church as we drove down through Kilmuir and into Dunvegan, earmarking the place for a visit on the way back. Not only was there a church, but a standing stone behind it too… and a pair of very big birds of prey circling the hill.

Granted, these, at least, could have been buzzards… but the information board at the foot of the hill had pictures and descriptions of the local wildlife and included both sea eagles and their golden cousins. We had already seen eagles on the journey and these, if eagles they were, would not be the last… but each time was a thrill, especially now that England has no golden eagles of her own. And anyway, we know from experience that where the great birds of prey lead us, we will always find something extraordinary.

The church of St Mary, in spite of…

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