Small Isles – Isle of Rum | Kilmory Bay

On a sunny day, one might mistake Kilmory’s wide and blond sandy strip for a beach in the Bahamas.  Some rightfully claim that this is the most beautiful beach in Scotland. British monarch, Queen Elisabeth II, wouldn’t have agreed more. She elected the beach as her favourite picnic spot  when holidaying aboard Britannia. The view of the Skye Cuillin across the water certainly is breath-taking. The idyllic Kilmory Bay certainly got this photographer inspired.

 

 

A bit of history: the Laundry Days

One early flaw that Lady Monica Bullough spotted in her husbands (Sir George Bullough, Baronet of Rum) bachelor pad was the lack of adequate laundry facilities. Not wishing to have her washing aired within sight of either Kinloch Castle of the community, so it is said, Lady Bullough had a dedicated laundry built six miles away at Kilmory. A corrugated iron shack was erected and equipped with coal-fired coppers, mangles, a stove and flat irons. Crude accomodation was included and washing lines were strung out in what soon became known as Kilmory Greens. Here two laundry maids lived and worked up to four month each year in an isolation that must have tested companionship to the utmost and ranks as one of the strangest and severest hardship postings in the British Isles.

For company they had one shepherd and his family, and the weekly man who arrived by pony and cart to exchange wicker baskets of dirty laundry for their neatly pressed and starched replacements. He was their only link to the world and its news. How slowly time must have passed with only the sounds of curlew and oystercatchers wheeling round the nearby graveyard in which so many of the Matheson’s children were burried. Their only consolation was the magnificent beach of Samhnan Insir a short walk away, and perhaps the drier climate. This possibly was the main reason for siting the laundry here. (excerpt from Eccentric Wealth. The Bulloughs of Rum by Alastair Scott)

 

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www.walkhighlands.co.uk/islands/kilmory-bay

http://writesofway.com/2011/02/16/a-rum-circumperambulation