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The Monachs

Western Isles of Scotland

Camas Ruadh (Red Bay) Monachs


Lighthouse - Shillay.

In the 13th century, a religious order, associated with Iona, maintained a presence on Cearn Ear, and they kept a light as a guide to mariners on the western most island of Shillay.  This more recent and unused lighthouse marks the spot of the original monastery.

 

Village - Monachs

 

 

 

The more modern, but now abandoned settlement is on the east island or Ceann Ear

 

 

 

 

Village Cearn Iar

 

 

 

 

Amongst the 20th century ruins are those of previous times

 

 

 

Beachj Cearn Ear

 

 

 

However one of the most amazing things about the Monachs is the beaches.

 

 

      

anchorage - Monachs

 

 

The beautiful rock formations, the blue sky and green islands combine with the white shell sand to make wonderful scenery.

 

 

 

 

Machair - Monachs

 

 

Cearn Ear has a wide expanse of machair plain covered in buttercups and daisies.

 

 

 

Oystercatchers - Monachs

 

 

On these same grasslands nest any species of birds.

 

 

 

But above all it is the peaceful solitude of the islands that are their best feature.


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