Living Well on Luing
THE sun shone on the Living Well on Luing events at the weekend as islanders and visitors enjoyed a series of talks and walks based at the new Atlantic Islands Centre.
On Thursday night, after a seafood cookery demonstration by centre chef, Vilas Roberts, featuring locally caught lobsters, prawns, scallops and crabs, everyone tucked into a splendid seafood platter.
This was followed by a lively music and words session by Luing singers, Kirsty MacLachlan and Fiona Cruickshanks, accordionist, Rachel Cruickshanks and writer, Norman Bissell.
On Friday, there was great interest in the illustrated talk, The Rocks of Luing - A Tale of Two Oceans by Luing scientist, Alastair Fleming, which outlined the movement of the Earth’s continents over millions of years and the way that slate was formed.
After lunch, his guided walk along the Cullipool shore pointed out basalt dykes that came from the Mull volcano and the quarries where felsite and basalt intrusions could be seen in high slate cliffs.
On Saturday, botanist and conservationist, James Fenton, from nearby Seil took a large group of islanders and visitors around Cullipool to identify a huge variety of different types of sedges, rushes, grasses and wildflowers. He also pointed out how these species were changing over time and the need to manage some of the land to avoid bracken taking over.
Later that afternoon Norman Bissell explained the characteristics of short poems known as haiku using examples from Japan and Scotland, and led other writers on a walk through Cullipool village and along the shore which encouraged them to write their own
Centre manager, Laura McIntyre, commented: ‘The Living Well on Luing events at the Atlantic Islands Centre were a great success and showed that we can put on an attractive and varied programme of activities which islanders and visitors can learn from and enjoy.
‘There are lots more to come this year and everyone is welcome to join in.’