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.
OS Map for Bodach and Cailleach
Alternative names for Bodach and Cailleach
Cailleach and Bodach; Cnoc a'Bhodaich; Cnoc a' Shevis; Dancing Ladies; Moinean Sitheal