Thursday, 13 July 2006

Vatersay east beach (again)

Same beach as on a previous posting, but from a different angle. Thanks again to Ejbaurdo for the picture:


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Vatersay is the most southerly of the occupied Outer Hebrides islands, though there are several more (uninhabited) to the south. It was only recently connected to the larger island of Barra by a causeway. Before then, cattle would have to swim in the narrow channel between the two islands. According to local story, a well-known cow drowned on one of these swims, creating the impetus and a stronger case for the causeway to be built.

Barra and Vatersay have a good community website with lots of local information.

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  1. For pedantry's sake I'd like to point out that it was the bull rather than a cow that drowned. As you can imagine the bull would be of far greater economic loss as I think it served at least both Barra and Vatersay. And yes, I think this incident was the major catalyst that lead to the causeway's construction.

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