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Old road to Roisinis

Start location: Haunn, Eriskay (NF 791 119)
End location: Roisinis (NF 808 122)
Geographical area: Western Isles
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 1.9km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

This is the old route to the, now mainly deserted, township of Roisinis.  At the last survey, in 2006, there were a number of fences along the route that were difficult to cross.

OS Landranger 31 (Barra and surrounding islands)

Heritage Information

This old path is clearly shown on the first edition Ordnance Survey 6" map. Part of the island's path network at that time, it stretched from a School (Boys & Girls) at Haun to Rosinish. Its line remains to this day essentially unchanged, however OS 1" mapping (1955-61) illustrates how it was superseded by the road from Haunn to Bun a' Mhuillinn.

Werner Kissling, the German anthropologist, stayed on Eriskay in 1934 for six weeks, making a film. It has been said that the proceeds from the London premiere of "Eriskay. A poem of remote lives"  were used to build this track. However, elsewhere it is stated that the money built a road - part of which is still known as Rathad Kissling - from Haunn to Acairseid. 

 



 

 

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