Macleod's Maidens

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Macleod's Maidens, three insulated basaltic pillars of Duirinish parish, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, a few hundred yards W of Idrigill Point. Rising vertically from the sea, one of them to a height of 200, and the other two to a height of 100, feet, they are called, by the country people,' the mother and her two daughters,' and by Sir Walter Scott were compared to the Norwegian riders of the storm. Indeed, from a distance they are not unlike gigantic women clad in cloaks and hoods; and they have been described as' three spires of rock rising sheer out of the sea, shaped like women, around whose feet the foaming wreaths are continually forming, floating, and disappearing.' A fourth pillar once stood adjacent to them, but was overwhelmed by the storms and waves. See Dunvegan.

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