National Geographic : 1961 Apr
ment gave its stamp of approval by an award of 9,000 pounds. By June of 1959 the work had so far ad vanced that The Macneil and his wife could move in. His flag was raised, and it blew proudly in the breeze as we landed by the ancient gates (pages 516-7). The Macneil himself, kilted and bonneted, wel comed us. His castle is a splendid example of the stronghold type. Kisimul is a low, old, gray stockade with a five-story tower, rapidly approaching the state it was in two centuries ago. Not even a freshly painted sign indicating a telephone-cable crossing could give it a modern look. Barra is a fascinating island, with its beach of cockleshells that is its airport at low tide. We had been told of this unique airport where the manageress put up a wind sock on a broom handle to guide the airplanes in. But we found that Katherine Mac pherson had been provided with a permanent wind ANSCOCHROME (BELOW) BY ROBERT F. SISSON; KODACHROMEBY ALAN VILLIERS © N.G .S. Cool drink on a hot day re freshes a bonnie participant in Highland Games on Mull. She hails from Glasgow. Piper's skirl sets feet a-reel in Highland Games at Inveraray. Judges rate contestants on grace and exactitude in follow ing traditional movements. Purists frown on the wearing of the kilt and sporran, or tasseled purse, by women and children. Kilts, thought to have evolved from garb of the early Celts, have been worn by Highland warriors for centu ries. The traditional full kilt was a 15-foot length of tartan that the owner spread on the ground and tucked into pleats; then he lay upon it and belted it around himself, pinning the upper part at the left shoulder. Today's feile beag, or little kilt, extends only from waist to kneecap.