Monday, 16 March 2015
No Road, But Some Services
The distinctive colours of sea, shore and sky indicate an idyllic approach to Rhenigidale in North Harris. It was not connected to the road system until the late 1980s by which time the school population had dropped to one pupil. However, the school had served two other purposes for a number of years - as a suitable place for services when the Church of Scotland minister or missionary called and as an outpost of the Stornoway Library. Boxes of books containing over a hundred titles on a wide range of topics - from information to fiction - would be brought in, undoubtedly by boat. Incidentally there was a telephone service ... with just one phone, the iconic Rhenigidale 1.
Scottish Islands Explorer - aware of the settlement before vehicles arrived