Come with us by boat through the stunning Loch Bracadale to Idrigill Point, where lies three magnificent basaltic rocks in the sea named the MacLeod’s Maidens.
This breath-taking, natural phenomenon is steeped in history and legend and make for an impressive sight when roaming the seas off the north west of Skye.
The distinctive stone stacks are said to have been named to commemorate the death of the wife and two daughters of a 14thCentury MacLeod chief. The chief himself was mortally wounded in a clan battle on the Isle of Harris. His wife and daughters sadly drowned after a shipwreck at the Maidens, when returning to their ancestral home in Dunvegan. The largest stack is the Mother, who is said to be weaving and the two contrasting stacks are known as the daughters, one of which is said to be preparing the yarn for her mother.
The MacLeod’s Maiden’s connection is with Clan MacLeod, which is one of Scotland’s most celebrated Highland clans. The MacLeod Clan has close historical links with the Isle of Skye with Dunvegan Castle being the ancestral stronghold for the clan for over 800 years.
There is an old Gaelic prophecy, that says that if the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan should no longer be displayed, and a fox be seen to whelp in the turret of the castle, and the Macleod’s Maidens come into the possession of a Campbell, then the glory of the MacLeod family should depart.
You can find out more about the Clan MacLeod by visiting Dunvegan Castle. Or have a look at their website here: Dunvegan Castle website.
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Our two hour trip will take you through Loch Bracadale, past the island of Wiay and on to the beautiful Maidens where cormorants, fulmars and often sea eagles can be spotted. If you would like to visit this fascinating natural sight then book your voyage to the MacLeod’s Maidens here.