After over 40 years it’s finally gone. For decades you could see the wreck of the Wyre Majestic, which ran aground at Rubha a’ Mhill near Bunnahabhain in 1974 (here’s an older view of it from a similar angle). But the strong currents and exposed position at the Sound of Islay have finally taken their toll and now it is pretty much gone. At low tide it’s sometimes possible to see some last bits from the shore, but that’s about it.
Time is finally taking its toll. While in 1998 the wreck of the Wyre Majestic (who ran aground in 1974) was still largely complete the strong currents in the Sound of Islay have finally managed to wear down the once proud ship and only a small section of the stern remains.
One of my oldest Islay pictures, taken during my very first visit to Islay in July 1998 (before digital cameras, scanned from a print). The Wyre Majestic ran aground at Rubha a’ Mhail near Bunnahabhain in October 1974, opposite the Paps of Jura on the other side of the Sound of Islay.