Gigha is a beautiful little island lying about 25 miles NNE of the Mull of Kintyre. It covers an area of about 5 square miles and has a population of approximately 160 people. In 2002 it was placed on the market and with the assistance of various organisations was purchased by the small community. As with so many of the Hebridean Islands, there is abundant wildlife, peace and tranquillity. Its convenient location is ideal as a stopping point after the passage up the north Irish Sea and North Channel and is usually my first and last port of call in Scotland. (That’s where I am in my blog’s banner photo.)
Not far from the main village is Achamore House, the sale of which provided the bulk of the funds the islanders were required to pay back as part of a loan for the purchase of the island. Surrounding the house are Achamore Gardens, now owned and maintained by the community. We missed the peak flowering time of May/June to walk the 2 acre gardens but nevertheless it was worth a visit.
A small lake in the gardens gave a brief glimpse of a beautiful azure blue dragonfly, unfortunately too brief to photograph!
A haiku – The Dragonfly
Dragonfly, kissing water, still;
silent, gossamer wings shining.
Sun-dappled leaves sparkling bright
But here’s the lake;
In the same vicinity we came across this lovely sculpture;
Poem – The Otter
A pond, placid in summer sun
warming the earth, bringing life.
A guardian spirit standing tall.
Through unseeing eyes facing
day and night, snow, wind, rain,
scorching sun and passers-by.
Never yielding; carved in stone
in likeness of an otter.
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