The Oa Trail explores stunning coast. Approaching the quartzite promontory of Sgeirean Buidhe there’s a close encounter with Highland cattle who create chough habitat, their dung a source of the insects chough thrive on. They are a key RSPB management tool.
At Sgeirean Buidhe, and the bronze age fort of Dun Athad, sills reach out to the Atlantic Ocean, and sunlight illuminates and shadows headland and cliffs.
Moorland at the Mull of Oa: ling is budding, magenta bell heather is in bloom with the cross-leaved heath, cotton grass and bog pimpernel. Wild goats graze on the cliff- tops, amongst the white flowers of grass of Parnassus. Sea-stacks along the west coast as we head north and a buzzard comes down on the cliff top. Meadow browns mate in the grass. Across moorland and back to Upper Killeyan.
Driving back to Kilchoman we spy another ringtail flying over moorland. And a brown hare lopes before us.
Legends of selkies originate from Scotland and Norway, from fishing communities. They are sad and tragic tales. Look upon a selkie at moonlight the enchantment is upon you. Selkie or silkie. There’s a Scottish ballad ‘ silkie’ so selkie or silkie, the choice is yours.