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Saucy Mary Norwegian Princess

We have been experiencing exceptionally good weather on Skye the past few days, it makes it even more beautiful than normal. I was able to visit the village of Kyleakin on the east coast of Skye and enjoy some sun. From 1841 to October 16, 1995 a ferry service operated by Caledonian MacBrayne from Kyleakin to the mainland across the narrow strait of Loch Alsh. It was replaced by the controversial Skye Bridge, initially a toll bridge, the tolls were discontinued in December 2004 there was a lot of celebrating.

Tolls are not uncommon in these waters, way back in the 15th century legend has it that a Norwegian Princess, Saucy Mary would charge a toll to any boat using the narrow channel. She hung a chain from her home Castle Maol to the mainland to prevent anyone from passing without paying. According to folklore her remains are said to be buried a the top of the mountain Bein Na Caillich (the hill of the old lady) behind our bed and breakfast Allt a Choire. Not many people can wash their dishes with a Norwegian Princess looking over them!

skye accommodation Beinn na Caillich from torrin Road

Beinn na Caillich from torrin Road

skye accommodation Eilean Ban

Eilean Ban

skye accommodation Kyleakin red Bhoy

Kyleakin red Bhoy

skye accommodation Skye Bridge from Kylekin

Skye Bridge from Kyleakin

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