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Keils, a Crofting Village on Jura

Picture of the ruins of a croft house

For the second entry in my loose series linking to old pictures from Islay and Jura we travel to the Isle of Jura, to what remains of the crofting village of Keils. The village is just north of Craighouse, overlooking the Bay of Small Isles. I've been to Keils twice, first in 2002 and then again for a walk around Craighouse and Keils during WalkIslay 2004. It has changed a lot over time and still is changing.

Picture of a cottage with a new green roof

Keils once was a thriving crofting community, today almost only ruins remain. A handful of homes have been restored and I remember a few more being worked on when we visited during the walk in 2004. Nevertheless these small island communities are struggling to retain older residents as well as attracting younger families, partly because of the problems to provide facilities, services and jobs on the islands. A lot of work to be done here.

Earlier entry in this loose series:

  1. 13/Feb/2007: Sanctuary Crosses Near Kilchoman, Islay



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