Silent Sunday…. So off to Church


A Very Silent Church

On the Isle of Skye in Strath Suardal you can find the skeleton of this old Scottish Kirk.  Know as Cill Chriosd (Christ’s Church).  Dating back to some time before 1505 when the first written reference to the church was found,Cill Chriosd replaces a 7th century church for the Parish of Ashaig which was founded by St. Maol Ruadh.

Open roofed,and whilst some preservation has occurred,it is today a ruin. Nor is this unusual in the Scottish Highlands. The ruins of old churches are testament to a time when the Highlands prior to the clearances were more heavily populated with Parishes scattered across what is now bare landscapes.  It does help paint a picture of those days when crofting, whilst hard, was a tradition.

There is a reason why so many of these ruined, and often roofless, churches are still standing…often in a walled or fenced surround is important.

These surrounds are more often than not graveyards, still with marker stones, these themselves showing there age. Important Graveyards are one of the Clan Traditions requiring the provision of Clan Burial Grounds.  Here at Cill Chriosd it is for the Mackinnon’s of Strath.

As you travel across the Highlands, however remote you are sure to come across similar ruins.  Far too many to stop and examine each and everyone but well worth the time spent on those that really catch your eye.


Cill Chriosd was replaced in 1804 by a new Church at Broadford.  So the Congregation moved….but Cill Chriosd like many other old churches across the Highlands still take care of there long gone Parishioners.

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2018



Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place

A Soft Day at Corpach, Fort William

Location:-  A Soft Day at Corpach, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland

18th April

(C) David Oakes 2018

A Tight Fit……

Ship Repairs

Mallaig, West Highland Coast of Scotland

Many a small harbour round our coastline finds room for a local ship repair yard…often it is a tight squeeze between high water level, workshops and fish merchants, all vying for space.  Equally amazing it the skill and initiative used to accomplish the most challenging of tasks….not just a paint job but maybe even a new side piece and whilst that is all going on they tackle an engine refit.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday…….. A Gift from the Gods


Letterewe above Poolewe

I had climbed to the top of this pass the previous day.  It looks east towards Meall Mheinndh and Slioch part of a mountain range that looks down upon what is called the Letterewe Forest.  We had enjoyed a string of red early morning sunrises and this look like the perfect location to capture just such a sunrise.

So it was up very early the following morning and off up to the top of the pass again.  The signs were all promising, it was cool, the sky and horizon all clear. But as I trudged up the glen a wispy high level cloud started to appear from behind me from the west.

Was the early morning rise going to come to nothing, would the rising sun beat the cloud. Well it turned out to be a dead heat.  No red sun….but once it had cleared the distant mountain a diffused glow was the reward, and a few of ‘Gods Fingers’ to add to the joy of the morning.

Not the image I had planned (or should I say visualised) but a very different look…..

A Gift from the Gods

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2018

Rain Again…


The Five Sisters of Kintail….

Rain again today and with it low cloud and a grey sky that seems to get darker by the minute. Sometimes rain doesn’t quite seems so bad….It was indeed wet when we were by Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands last year.  Looking towards Morvich and the mountains know as the Five Sisters of Kintail…it was pouring down but somehow, possibly because we were in such fantastic scenery, it didn’t seem so bad.

12th January

(C) david Oakes 2018