The view from Lageorna in the morning, over the Sound of Rum to the Rum Cuillin was very encouraging; the weather seemed to be set fine.
We tucked into a cracking breakfast featuring local produce (and Eigg Eggs!) and then got ready to walk back to Galmisdale. It's a 5 kilometre walk over the spine of the island; Sue kindly offered us a lift but we wanted to explore a little on foot. The opportunity to explore on land as well as from the water was really enjoyable and added greatly to the trip.
Leaving Cleadale we passed this letter box. The letters "GR" indicate that it was put in place during the reign of King George VI. He died in 1952, making the letter box at least sixty years old. Unusually, the collection times don't state actual times, rather that collection will be made "one hour prior to departure of the ferry".
After a steady climb out of Cleadale we followed the road as it traversed the higher ground in the centre of the island. It was a beautiful morning and we were in no rush. Our distinctive luggage (one IKEA bag each) was nice and light too!
The names of the two main settlements (Galmisale and Cleadale) hint at part of Eigg's Viking history. There is a strong Norse influence and 8th century artefacts including a sword handle and parts of a longboat have been uncovered locally. Certainly the two shelterd beaches near Galmisdale would have been perfect to operate longships, and had good agricultural ground nearby.
At the top of the old slipway is the Pier Centre, a community centre with a shop, restaurant, toilets, information centre and bike hire facilities.There is a tap at the far side of the building for replenishing water too.
We'd very much enjoyed our visit to Eigg, a dramatic, beautiful and friendly place. As we didn't manage to paddle the east coast of the island on this trip, we have a perfect reason to return soon! For now, our eyes were set to the southwest; to the Isle of Muck which would be the final island to visit on our journey.