Am Buachaille

(The Herdsman)

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Buachaille, Booshala, or Herdsman, an islet off the S coast of Staffa, Argyllshire. It is separated from Staffa by a channel about 30 yards wide, through which a foamy- surf is constantly rushing; it has a conoidal or irregularly pyramidal form; it rests on a bed of curved horizontal columns, visible only at low water; it consists of ranges of basaltic columns, small, closely-compacted, and most of them so disposed as to look like billets of wood piled against a central nucleus; it rises to an altitude of about 30 feet above sea-level; and it presents a general outline at once exact, symmetrical, and curiously beautiful.

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