|One of the Rosemarkie Pictish Stones|
In about 840 A.D. they allied with their former enemies, the Scots, who had moved into eastern Scotland, probably to fight the invading Vikings to the north and east. After that they faded from history, they and their language absorbed.
But the Pictish carving that affected me most rests in the Inverness Museum.
|Wolf Stone - carved in sandstone and found in 1903 or earlier built into an old wall. A few lines depict its powerful body.|
Seeing these Pictish stones in museums made me want to see some at their original sites. We made that opportunity when we spent our second week across the bridge from the Isle of Skye.
It was a chilly and rainy day when we drove up the the northwestern coast of Skye.
We turned off the narrow main highway onto a tract and kept our eyes open. And there is was silhouetted against a suddenly blue sky.
|Clach Ard - one of only two known engraved stones found in Skye dating from the 7th or 8th centuries. Enigmatic symbols are a crescent and V rod, a double disc and Z rod, and a mirror and comb.|
Here's a close up, but the winds of Skye wear down stone.
|Another lay nearby|
Satisfied, we drove on north to the Uig Hotel,
where we had lunch while watching a ferry boat steaming past what appeared to be a castle tower ruin but was, in reality, a large Victorian folly.
And then I had delicious Scottish dessert, the name of which now escapes me - something like sticky toffee cake.
After a few more adventures, we drove back down the peninsula in the rain. But the sights were still lovely in a melancholy Romantic way.