Bodach and Cailleach
Standing on the top a natural knoll looking out to sea are two curiously-shaped stones, which are said to represent the Bodach and the Cailleach.
The Bodach (the Old Man) is flagon-shaped, curving in to a distinctive “neck” before flaring out to the “head”.
The Cailleach (the Old Woman) is boat-shaped with a flat top.
In a practice said to have continued as late as the 19th century offerings were left at the stones in order to ensure the fertility and prosperity of the island of Gigha.
The similarities with the Tigh na Cailleach in Glen Lyon in Perthshire are striking, in particular the shape of the Bodach figure.
Alternative names for Bodach and Cailleach
Cailleach and Bodach; Cnoc a'Bhodaich; Cnoc a' Shevis; Dancing Ladies; Moinean Sitheal
Where is Bodach and Cailleach?
Bodach and Cailleach is in the parish of Gigha and Cara and the county of Argyll.
Grid reference: NR 6382 4730
Lat / long: 55.661662, -5.756488