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Suisinish abandoned village, Isle of Skye. Scotland. | by R Jones
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Suisinish abandoned village, Isle of Skye. Scotland.

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Suisinish is an abandoned village reached after a rough hour- long walk from Kilbride, near Torrin.

This old cottage is too modern to have been one of the dwellings where the folk were evicted to make way for the sheep, which were more profitable to the greedy landowners of the time. Many of the families were separated, and forced to emigrate to America, Canada, and Australia.

I cannot begin to feel their anguish.

There are many ruins scattered around the Brae (hillside), evidence of a thriving, close-knit community torn apart by human greed. Maybe this bulding was built early in the twentieth century, I have no idea and can find no information.

Back to the present.....

There was quite a wait for some usable light, a chilly fierce wind was blowing, rain was brewing, nothing new ! We sat in the shelter of one of those deserted ruins, eating a cheese piece, and a cheering cup of hot coffee from the thermos, reflecting on how 'they' lived then, compared to us nowadays, and watching the sheep that are now the only inhabitants of this beautiful place.

Rowan trees were planted in the belief they kept evil spirits away, and it is considered very bad luck to cut one down, even today ! This cottage is surrounded by them, I guess the magic didn't work.


I chose to shoot for HDR, a three RAW effort, and tinkered about in PS until I achieved the mood I wanted.

You can see the Island of Rum in the background.

This was the only light of the day, it fairly poured down just as we finished our walk !

Lucy ( my pup) slept contentedly by the fire that evening !!


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Taken on September 20, 2009