The Cave of Death

Date walked: 08/09/2011

Time taken: 0.6 hour

Distance: 0.03km

Ascent: 5m

OK, so it's not much of a walk, but you may find it interesting... I was out in my wee boat, tootling around the sea-lochs and channels around Skye. I motored along the north side of the Isle of Scalpay, and, seeing a cave in the cliff by the rocky shore with a sort of tumble-down wall of stones across the front, my curiosity was aroused. I landed between two big slabs, tied the boat to a rock and clambered up to have a look. As I entered, I noted bones strewn on the floor. Taking them to be of a stray sheep, I went farther in, but noticed the floor was worn and indented as though by an animal making its den there. There were paw-prints, I am not sure what of. Not fox or dog, maybe otter or cat, though bigger than a domestic cat. Lynx maybe? On closer inspection the bones seem to be of a deer. There are no sheep on Scalpay at the moment, and the leg bones seem to be longer than a sheep's. It was a creepy place, and , deciding that discretion was the better part of valour, and not actually being there was the better part of discretion, I discretely and valiantly scarpered.
Once out on the open water, in the daylight, I realised how very relieved I was to be out of there!
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