From Derryck Morton:
There is great satisfaction in having the opportunity to test an hypothesis, especially when it was one’s own in the first place.
On 18 December 2016, the Diary’s photograph of a blackhouse ruin at Eilagadale - link here - prompted me to suppose that an aperture centrally placed in the end wall may have facilitated a mill-wheel shaft. One possible construction sketch shown on 30th December - link here - depicts a long reach shaft allowing the wheel to be placed some distance downhill from the building, thus negating the need for a mill wheel pit, which the site does not possess. The proof would be in plotting the course of the mill leat, or lade as it is called in Scotland. I packed a surveyors tape, tripod and digital clinometer and we enjoyed the late May sunshine on a perfect day, following the track from Ockle eastward for about a mile....
At the salmon fisher’s house in Ockle Bay, we met a party of holidaymakers who agreed we would not know what to do with our morning cuppa when the Diary moves away. It seems we all begin our daily routine with the Kilchoan Blog.
Many thanks to Derryck for story & pictures.