Gallanach – what’s behind our name?
08 May 19
Gallanach is a name steeped in Scottish history, landscape and storytelling.
Gallanach Bay nestles on the northern shores of the Isle of Muck. The sandy bay looks out to the neighbouring and equally beautiful small Isles of Eigg and Rum. Moreover, breathtaking views north to the spiky peaks of the Cuillin mountains on Skye greet beachcombers on clear days.
The 18th century Gallanach Castle sits on the mainland, a few miles south of Oban . The castle is built on land owned by the MacDougall clan since 1641. Their ancestry dates back to 1164 when Dugall, the eldest son of King Somerled of the Hebrides, founded the clan.
Further south and just inland from the shores of Loch Crinan rises Dunadd. This iron age hill fort ruled as capital of the ancient Scottish Kingdom of Dal Riada. On its summit are unique stone carvings, including a footprint believed to be part of the coronation ritual of the Kings of Dal Rida. Nearby stand numerous stone monuments, remains of dwellings and other signs of Pictish life.
The fictional town of Gallanach, created by the late Iain Banks in his 1992 novel, The Crow Road, covers the flat land west of Dunadd . It is one of the great modern Scottish novels with themes of life, death, love, family, religion and growing up in the McHoan family.
In all these places the weather changes in an instant. At one moment the dark clouds bring wind and rain. Next they lift to give views of distant mountain tops. Likewise, the colours change just as readily. From deep red to watery blue to foreboding dark grey.
This combination of history, landscape, colour and storytelling is the inspiration for Gallanach Consulting. We aim to use our knowledge of the past, understanding of people and experience of continual change to shape a great future for our clients.
Artist credits: Andy Peutherer; John Lowrie Morrison; Ann Thomas.