Belnahua | A Photo-Artistic Archaeology of a Former Industry

Slate Islands, The Islands That Roofed The World

 

Sometimes you come across a random island.
It seduces you and you become attracted to this seemingly unattainable, but interesting looking stranger.
You start a long-distance relationship.
And eventually, you wanna see it up close and personal.

So last year I arranged a drop-off on the uninhabited Slate Island of Belnahua (Inner Hebrides, Scotland) with Seafari Adventures, on our return from the  Corryvreckan Wildlife Tour.

 

Although it once had a population of nearly 200 people, it has been uninhabited since World War I. Famed for its slate, the island has been considerably denuded by its quarrying. Deep water-filled cuttings and the ruined slate workers cottages remain as a testament of this industry. (Wikipedia)

 

It was an exciting experience to be able to explore this private owned pocket-sized isle for an entire afternoon. Just me, my partner and the birds. Lots of birds.
Digging into the not so distant past of the local slate industry was a perfect way of ending a insightful island-hopping holiday in the Inner Hebrides.

Triggered? Want to read more about the history of the Slate islands? Want to organize your trip? Scroll down to the bottom for links.

 

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More Slate Islands pictures? Take a look at my blogpost Slate Islands | A wider perspective on Seil, Luing, Easdale & Belnahua