Thursday, 10 May 2012
Low Impact; Relatively High
Gometra is at the end of the tracks, beyond but bridged to Ulva which, in turn, is linked by ferry to Mull. Here is its bridge enabling the current five residents to come and go. They are living what has been described as a 'low impact' life which, in this case, means 'doing without electricity'. The derivation of the name has two possible roots. One is from the Norse name of a 'warrior priest' which suggests somebody more robust than an ancient army chaplain; the other is from a Gaelic phrase translated as 'only at low tide'. Its summit, at 509', gives it 'Marilyn' status by nine feet, and consequently attracts followers of these classified, relatively high hills of the UK, some 1542 in number. For more details of the various classifications of high places, including those by Alan Dawson who devised the concept named after the Hollywood actress, take the easy route, by clicking here. For those whose interests advance, not as steeply as the Munros, but to the Marilyns, take a look at this relevant publication by Cicerone.
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