Monday, 25 April 2011

Tockmal on the Oa

The old abandoned village of Tockmal on the Oa is about half a mile inland from Soldier's Rock and a couple of miles from Kintra Farm.

Like all of the abandoned villages on Islay it is a bleak place and it is difficult to imagine lives led among these rude piles of stones.

The quality of land round about is very poor - some of the houses are now sitting in bogs, presumably they were artificially drained when people lived in them.

They are now left to the Scottish Black-face sheep - hardy animals.  This lamb can only have been a few hours old.

There are a lot of buildings at Tockmal, many can be seen still standing but there is evidence of many more that have all but disappeared.

In addition to the buildings there are a lot of substantial earthworks such as these parallel walls enclosing a sort of road.  I have no idea what they were used for - but a great deal of labour was involved in building them.


  1. The parallel walls formed the banks of a channel bringing water from the burn to a mill.

  2. I'm planning on walking out this way in September to see Soldier Rock. How tough or dangerous of a trek would you say it is after the road ends at Frachdale?