Article ‘Inspired by Tiree’ by Mavis Gulliver revealing how her children’s novel ‘Cry at Midnight‘ evolved. Scottish Islands Explorer magazine, Sept/Oct, 2014.
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Homemade iron anchor, weighted with a sandstone block, used for flounder fishing. Found at Milton. There would have been three anchors/weights to hold the net on the seabed: one at either end and one in the middle. There is no sandstone on Tiree, suggesting that the weight was made elsewhere.
Two flakes of worked quartzite from a dune blow-out at Traigh nan Gilean, Kennavara (NL 94668 41595). Collected by John Wombell during a North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) field trip in June 2017.
Iron Age strike-a-light.
Palm-sized round brown pebble with deep straight grooves on both sides. An Iron Age multifunctional tool: the grooves were used as a ‘strike-a-light’, the edges for hammering, and the flat surfaces for rubbing hide. Found near the top of Dun Mor, Vaul, on 27th July 2005 by holiday-maker Kenny Nelson. It may also have been used by sail-makers for sharpening their needles.
Paperback book `The Ross of Mull Granite Quarries` by Joan Faithfull.
The story of the once thriving granite quarries on the Ross of Mull. Includes information about Skerryvore pages 39-42, and a photo of Tiree’s Hynish Pier page 31.