25 WALKS ON THE ISLE OF SKYE & LOCHALSH
Thursday 21 September – Cùl nan Cnoc to Rubha nam Bràithrean with the Staffin Community Trust
Rosie Somerville, Atlas Arts and Angus Murray, Ecomuseum Programme Manager at Staffin Community Trust and other participants shared valuable local knowledge at the start of the walk to set the scene before heading down through the old village and crofts to the shore.
Walkers were encouraged to write down their observations in notebooks, with particular emphasis on minimalist forms, that of haiku especially. Rody read poems of his own relating to Trotternish, places in Skye generally, sound, memory and history in Gaelic and English.
Participants were encouraged to read what they had written and the collected writings are given below.
The last resting place of a shore-based giant, in a coffin-shaped rock, alone in the rising tide.
na sheasamh air eìginn
o chionn linn crochaidh nan con,
taigh Ruairidh Dhòmhnaill a’ Chùirn
air feadh an àite mun fhaoilinn
fo thaigh Dhòmhnaill Ruairidh a’ Chùirn,
samh den fheamainn
ri taobh a’ chuain
fo thaigh Ruairidh Dhòmhnaill a’ Chùirn,
caoraich ag ionaltradh mun fheamainn
air a’ Chuan Sgìth gu h-obann,
a’ togail ceann ‘s leumadairean
caoraich mu na feannagan-taomaidh
bho Chreag an Fhèilidh
gu Rubha nam Bràithrean sa chamhanaich
an Cuan Sgìth,
caoraich, crodh, sgairbh
The Neuk of Applecross: a view from Rubha nam Brathairean
Sorely missed Maclean
Dark sobs still skulk your sound’s depths
Sour marine’s peace core
Stones shifting smokes green
Past possibilities present
Lies in the landscape
from jagged skyline
matchstick fence posts march
singing water, clacking stone
Perfect walking day
Punctuating Autumn wings
Sea stone crystal day
Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for you
A partnership project with Aros Centre, Portree
Published on 10 December 2017
ATLAS Arts has collaborated with local walking groups and artists to curate a series of walks around the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh. This programme connects community, art and the environment through a series of walks designed to highlight different areas of Skye and Lochalsh and introduce participants to the work of local artists and how the environment inspires their creativity.