Sunday, August 27, 2006

Barra (pt. 2)

There isn't really much else for me to say about Barra in "part two," but here is a picture of Castlebay, far in the distance, from the road to Vatersay.

I visited Kisimul Castle Thursday morning. It is situated on a rock in the middle of Castlebay (hence the name). It was rebuilt in the 60's by one of those "back to roots" Americans, but it is a really neat place to visit. Unlike Duart castle, the family (they're MacNeils on Barra, hence the family singing group "The Barra MacNeils," how original) only lived in one building within the castle walls. The rest has been rebuilt, but left empty, leaving the entire castle open to the interpretations of imagination (or historical fact, whichever you see fit to employ). I liked it a lot.

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