Expedition 10 - 22nd October 1998
The expedition to Egnaig was the biggest of all so far, both
in the number of members and in the distance covered. Thanks
to Frances and Major Lindsay, we were able to take the cars
down to the Causeway and start from there. The members were
Amy, Claire, Colin, David, Frances, Frazer, Grant, Iseobail,
Jack, John, Kirsten, Lily, Lucy, Margaret, Maxine, Robin and
We walked down the beach past the Causeway and all of the
younger members got into the old lead mine. Then we walked
to the house at Aultisgil.
From there we tried with moderate success to follow the old
path to Egnaig. At times it became quite steep and two of
the boys had minor falls.
We stopped at the old house of the MacDougall brothers for
a break before going on to the old Egnaig graveyard.
The expedition then explored old Egnaig village, going into
many of he old buildings. While we were in one of the buildings
we had a fine view of two sea eagles soaring over the ridge
above us. We also found a very large oak tree which needed
either four of the girls or three of the boys to reach around.
Finally we crossed back to the beach and walked back to the
Causeway, undertaking a tough climb up the rocks on the way.
We arrived back in Acharacle well after one o'clock to enjoy
lovely soup at Iseobail's house before going to the Day Care
Centre to draw the pictures.
The day had been a long one, but after the leisurely lunch,
many of the members found it difficult to decide on a single
feature to illustrate the expedition.
I gave them copies of pictures of the MacDougall's house and
many of them based their pictures on these: Jack (J. J.F.A.),
Claire, Lucy and Lily made fairly straightforward pictures,
Lily included the two eagles at the top. Margaret was more
ambitious, showing the croft as it was in the picture in 1935
and as it is now, broken and deserted. Maxine made a more
colourful interpretation, including the brown chickens I had
told them about during the visit.
The boys concentrated on the ruined crofts, Grant's picture
showing a ruined house on a hill with broken stumps was very
effective and captured the feel of the place, Frazer's picture,
showing a two-storey structure, was clearly Aultisgil, as,
probably, was Colin's since it was the only house with a chimney
on an end wall.
Colin also pictured his sore thumb, a souvenir of the steep
climb. Finally Robin showed the ruined houses below the hills
with the eagles soaring above.