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It's a shame this anchorage is right in the face of the prevailing wind, with quite a lot of swell too. Not only is there a fabulous beach, albeit quite touristy, and an ancient walled burial ground — Cladh Mhuire — behind it, but there is something else worth a detour just up the hill, the combination of café, an always interesting art gallery, and a short woodland walk with outdoors sculptures started in 1999. These seem to vary from time to time, and are mostly made with dead wood from the local trees. Here and there are all sorts of little artistic touches, charming and interesting. From the northeast corner of the bay walk up the track past some of the sculptures (definitely do not take the road) to the Calgary Farmhouse (ph 01688 400 256). It is a lovely place to wander around, look at their art gallery, and have lunch in the café.
Although some migrants no doubt left from here for the New World, the modern city of Calgary in Canada was not directly named after Calgary Bay. A Colonel Macleod from Skye, Commissioner of the Northwest Mounted Police, once stayed here on holiday. In 1876 he named one of his forts Calgary, a name which was retained as the city arose in the same place.
The remains of ruined cottages can be seen on the north side of the bay, yet another reminder of the Highland Clearances.
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Traditional beach activity
The sculpture woodland, with stag
A stag at bay, Calgary Farmhouse