The view from the front of GB’s looks out over Bayble Bay on the Isle of Lewis. To the left is the jetty built at the end of the Nineteenth Century and to the right two small islands.
The larger island, the furthest from the shore, is called Eilean a’ Chaise which translates as Cheese Island but which is more likely to have originally been Eilean a’ Chais or Island of Sorrow.
The smaller inner ‘island’ is really a tidal stack but even when the tide is out it is inaccessible. It is known as Eilean na Mairbh (Island of the Dead). The remains of at least one stone building and a midden with animal bones, shells and pottery have been found on it suggesting an early Christian site or monk’s cell. So far no evidence of any graves has been found.
Despite having visited Lewis many times over the years I only learned the story of these small islands this week when I read ‘A Guide to Point’, edited by Liz Chaplin (2014). It is a great little book about An Rubha, The Eye Peninsula on the East side of Lewis.