Storab

Legend has it that Storab, son of a Viking king, was shipwrecked and sought refuge on Raasay – or was part of a raiding party. The islanders chased him to what is now Loch Storab where he swam to the island in the middle. The islanders, who couldn’t swim, drained the loch and chased him down what is now the Storab Burn, killing him at the place now called Storab’s Grave where there is a large cairn.

When Harrison Birtwistle lived on Raasay the last piece he completed was called Duets for Storab, a piece for two flutes, based on this tale.

I have a couple of issues with this story – there is no island in Loch Storab and Storab’s Grave is on the right bank of the Allt a Bhràghad, which flows into Storab’s Burn after meandering downhill for about 1 km.

Alternatively, Big Storab, son of the King of Denmark, visited a house which stood close by what is now Storab’s Grave when he and the occupants had a dispute. On his departure he was followed and stabbed with a dirk, and buried where he fell.

But hey, Loch Storab is home to the Nationally Scarce Deschampsia setacea (Bog Hair-grass) and whilst it is not yet flowering, it was easy to spot today if you know where to look:

Deschampsia setacea

Deschampsia setacea

Not the prettiest picture I have ever put on the blog, so here are a couple of things that are in flower:

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and a couple that were not:

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Further down the Storab Burn than I went today, beyond Loch Eadar dà Bhaile, there is said to be a stone circle.

Finally some insects:

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Thanks to Nigel and Seth for probable caddisfly identification. Interestingly, the caddisfly Philopotamus montanus was recorded from the small loch south west of Loch na Meilich in 1934 by J. W and G. Heslop Harrison, which is in the adjacent monad (same tetrad).

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