Once Upon a Time…

Once again, the Isle of Skye and Kyleakin is featured on my blog.

Daily Prompts – Notorious

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Once upon a time, in the Scottish village of Kyleakin, there lived a Norwegian princess.

This Norwegian princess one day decided she would start charging ships a toll to cross the narrow channel that led into the Strait of Kyle Akin. A great heavy chain was laid out from her castle on the hill across the strait, and no shipping vessel could pass safely without first paying the princess a toll. Once the toll was paid, the princess would let the ship pass. And then reward the sailors with flashing her boobs.

This is the tale of “Saucy Mary,” a local legend on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This a perfect example of the types of stories the Scots seem to like best — based in fact (there WAS at one point a Norwegian princess on the Isle of Skye, and the ruins of Castle Moil are still there in Kyleakin) but peppered with bawdy humor. This tale was told to me by the proprietor of the Saucy Mary Lodge where I stopped to have dinner that night.

It’s one of the things I like best about Scotland.

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Castle Moil and the Notorious Strait for which Saucy Mary charged the toll.

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