IMAGINE yourself back in the 19th century. Boats are landing here to unload their cargo. The square stone building – ‘the storehouse’ – and the path date from this period. They were constructed by government funds to alleviate the hardships that followed the potato famine of the 1840s. At that time the path was the main access to the harbour for the townships. IMAGINE an elderly woman with a 30-kilogram sack of meal on her back as she headed for a distant township.
LOOK out for the circular foundations of Iron Age huts close to the path. The photograph here shows youngsters from Staffin school standing on the perimeter of one of the hut circles. Can you find its entrance? We believe that it faced East towards the rising sun. Would you have settled here two thousand years ago if you were a Celtic farmer?
TRAVEL back even further – to five thousand years ago. Your hunter-gatherer forefathers have by now adopted a more settled way of life with arable cultivation of this land. Close to the highest point of the path is a Neolithic chambered cairn - the barely visible remains of the burial site of your people. In the ‘New Stone Age’, the dead were buried in a stone mound on higher ground, within a stone-lined burial chamber.