Mingulay is a small island 12 miles south of Barra. There was a boat trip from Castlebay on Barra to go and visit the island. Mingulay is famed for its cliffs, sea birds and uninhabited houses. The last islanders left Mingulay in 1912.
My brother Michael recalls,
‘Trips to Mingulay were always wonderful. This is the Sgoilear Bàn’s gun bought from him by Dad. The Sgoilear Bàn was the last teacher on Mingulay. His name means Fair Haired Teacher.’
So here are the 1970 Mingulay photos, taken by my father.
My brother Michael
Dad and my brother Calum-Iain.
The last inhabitants left the island in 1912.
The wood panelled room was the church and the mark on the back was where the altar was, the priest lived downstairs I believe.
Michael, Calum-Iain and my sister Catriona.