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UKC Articles - on 07 Mar 2018
Alan pictured with Buchaille Etive Mhor in background., 2 kbAlan Heason looks back on and shares an essay that he wrote about a trip to Skye at age sixteen and a quarter...

I'd been sorting through wodges of old papers, as one does at a certain point in life, preparatory to shredding most of them as irrelevant, uninteresting or un-needed, when I came across a clip of hand-written pages of old school papers. I don't recollect reading through this one before. (I probably had, but there you go, memory…) It was an English essay on the subject 'what we did on our holidays', it was dated 1954; I would have been sixteen and a quarter years old.



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wee jamie on 07 Mar 2018
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Bravo Alan.  That was lovely to read. 

colinthrelfall - on 07 Mar 2018
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Great story I really enjoyed it. Interesting to think that if you arrive in Mallaig this day having never been to the Cuillin, or Skye, without a guidebook or internet, you would probably have a similar experience. 

Wyn - on 07 Mar 2018
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A great tale there Alan. Made more remarkable by the fact that it was penned by the hand of a sixteen year old.

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Will Hunt - on 07 Mar 2018
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Brilliant. There's something about Skye that makes it forge the strongest memories.

Wee Davie - on 08 Mar 2018
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Brilliant article. Very talented writing. 

 

Mick Ward - on 08 Mar 2018
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Indeed. Remarkable for a 16-year-old.

Mick

Iain Thow - on 12 Mar 2018
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At least it was Glen Brittle by mistake for Coruisg and not the other way round!

The recent pic is below Sron Scourst on Harris. The abseiling gully looks suspiciously like limestone to me.

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mrjamesdawson on 12 Mar 2018
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Loved this, made for a fantastic read on the train back from Dovre this weekend. Strangely drew many parallels to our winter trip last year to Skye (save for the currency)! Didn't see a single other 'tourist' the whole week, the whole island felt just as mysterious and remote now as it sounded 60 years ago.


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