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!