Swordale and Kilbride visitor attractions
After a morning of housework, I thought an afternoon out and about locally with my camera would be a good idea. First stop Cill Chroisd Church, (Christ’s Church) it was used up until 1843 by the people of Strath. Before the construction of what is now the present ruin, legend has it that in the 7th century St. Maelrubha preached and held mass on the small knoll between the present churchyard and Loch Cill Chriosd. This knoll is still known as Cnoc na-Aifhreann (‘the hill of the mass’) I came across a crop of Snowdrops growing around one of the graves. I continued on my journey to the pebble beach at Kilbride, there is a path here that leads you to two cleared villages, Borreraig and Suishnish, they were cleared in 1852-3. Looking over from the beach at Kilbride is the mountain Blaven, a Black Cuillin, it the only Cuillin that is not part of the main ridge. It is 928 meters high, for those of you who still work in feet like me it is 3044 feet high. I am pleased to say that I have climbed it, many years ago now, the only black Cuillin I have climbed. If you want to find out more about the mountain and the surrounding area look up the very informative Blaven website. When you holiday on Skye all these places are only a few miles from Allt a Choire B&B. We love the area so much, we named two of our guest bedrooms after Swordale and Kilbride.