Lochbuie: A Thin Place
|Lochbuie: with Moy Castle in the distance and Loch Buie on the right
I've been wanting to share some of these photos and try to express how I felt in this magical place. I know that my words won't do it justice at all. The nearby Isle of Iona is said to be a "thin place" which is a term that's been used for Millenia to describe a place in time where the space between heaven and earth grows thin and the Sacred and secular seem to meet. Emma and I went to Iona on this trip to Scotland and it is certainly a special place, but to me Lochbuie was much more sacred, ethereal and "thin". Maybe partly because there were only a few other people in Lochbuie when we visited, whereas Iona was relatively busy with day trippers. Even the drive from the main road to Lochbuie was gorgeous. It's 8 miles and took about a half hour on the single track road (like most of the roads on Mull!) We drove along the shores of Loch Spelve and Loch Uisg enjoying fantastic scenery (while watching out for cars coming from the opposite direction so I could pull into a passing place).
Lochbuie has a special significance to me as it's the place where my Great Grandmother Emma Belle McLain's ancestors came from. My Emma was named after her as well. The family name was changed at some point, probably when they went to Northern Ireland, but was originally Maclaine of Lochbuie. Some time in the 14th century Hector Reganach Maclean broke with his brother Lachlan Lubanach Maclean, who was the head of the Clan Maclean, and moved down the coast of Mull and founded the Macleans of Lochbuie, changing the spelling at some point to Maclaine.
|Family tree displayed at Duart Castle, home of the Clan Maclean