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Ships etched in stone


were found in a nearby wall, upside down. Tey are thought to have once been part of a house or barn. Te etchings appear to be of the first schooners to enter these waters and thought to be drawn by some unknown island artist using a sharp implement such as a nail. Some people leaving this part of the island, especially around the famine time, scratched their names on a stone before departure. Te location of the stone in Cleggan is unclear and I have been told by an islander that weathering


Anchor from the Pintail 42


has unfortunately eroded the inscriptions. Te anchor propped against the wall is from wreck of the Pintail. Te McFaul brothers, Jim, John and Liam, pulled it halfway up the cliffs while years later, volunteers with Operation Raleigh man-handled it the rest of the way. Te last stretch is through Kebble Nature Reserve which


is run by the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS). Te last boundary wall at this end of the island is clearly evident as you cross the second cattle grid. Here you need to be confident around cattle as they roam freely. Tey are well used to strangers and generally show little interest in the walker. Pass the EHS warden’s cottage and Kebble Lough and follow the rough road as it winds its way up


Cattle roam freely on Rathlin


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