Isle of Eigg

beautiful island is part of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively undeveloped. Roads are narrow, and cars frequently need to pull  over to let others pass. People raise sheep and crops here, and there is commonly owned land where cattle graze. We stayed on an organic farm at the base of volcanic cliffs. The people of Eigg raised money to buy the Island from a bankrupt absentee landlord. They now participate in Eigg Community Trust, and decide together on issues like energy, roads, and many other policies… I plan to research this and write an article. They cooperate with the Scottish Wildlife Trust to develop the island sustainably, and work hard to reduce waste. This movement replaced a basically the Island’s basically feudal system with a democratic and sustainable one. May it thrive and spread!

The first shot shows our cabin on the farm. Notice the waterfall on the cliff. The second is a dog who adopted us one day and insisted that we toss rocks for him/ her to fetch; this went on for several hours. We named this friend Rocky. The third shows the Isle of Rhum from a beach on Eigg. This island is run as a wildlife refuge, we hope to visit it on another trip. The fourth is the volcanic highlands in Eigg’s interior, and the fifth shows the everpresent sheep. I was struck by how different their voices sound when they “BAAAAA”!DSCN1379

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About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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