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The Vanishing Isle

(I) An oral tradition

Stories of an island or isle which appears at infrequent intervals have been a feature of conversation in Angarth for many years. In order to consider these in more detail, the Museum has undertaken a survey of small islands in the Western Borderlands, while also recording accounts of the so-called Vanishing Isle.

Eileen McGregor: “I went there I think when I was about eleven or twelve. Thing was, it was an awful hot day, and my father had forgotten to bring any drinks. I stood there on the beach with my sister as my mother told him what an idiot he was, I mean he said something far worse which I didn't understand.”

Harold Durie: “It'll take you around twenty minutes to walk around the shore. You'll see a house which is still used believe it or not. There were some folks who got stranded there a few years back, you should look it up in the newspapers. There's a wee hill on the western side where you'll get a good view of the mainland.”

Martin Wrexley: “There's a small summer house on the island. My cousins all used to go there in June each year with my uncle John. You could often find lots of strange shells along one of the beaches, that's what they said.”

(II) Recent Geophysical Surveys

Any attempt to better understand the Vanishing Isle may be helped by some recent geographical and botanical surveys. While the nature of the island presents some difficulties in any kind of quantitative assessment, there are a variety of studies conducted by the Scottish Geophysical Society which are reproduced here.