Sunday, 17 August 2014
One Good Life to Another
Gometra lies to the west of Ulva, Mull. It is only 1.6 square miles in extent, but with a highest point of 509' classifies, just, as a Marilyn. It's name derives either from the Norse for 'good man's island' - probably referring to a priest or anchorite in residence - or from the Gaelic for 'only at low tide' - once joined just by a beach, but now by a bridge. It has an agricultural tradition and was a supplier for the monastery on Iona. Its houses have been restored since the 1980s and its residents maintain a low-impact, off-grid existence - or 'good life'.
Scottish Islands Explorer - survives off some national grids