A growing number of tourists are making their way to a remote Scottish island to catch a glimpse of a piece of driftwood shaped like a naked woman.
The large piece of wood — affectionately named The Lady of Balnahard — washed ashore at the northern tip of Colonsay, Inner Hebrides before being discovered.
The peculiar timber near the island’s Balnahard Beach was dragged from the shoreline by locals last summer and bears a striking resemblance to the human form.
The bizarrely shaped piece of wood — dubbed The Lady of Balnahard — tourists are hiking to see on the northern tip of Colonsay, Inner Hebrides. Picture: Mega AgencySource:Mega
Local tour guide and bookshop owner Kevin Byrne, 71, said: “It’s exactly as it was when it washed up, apart from a strategic piece of seaweed.
“We don’t actually know what type of wood it is, but we presume it’s European. It’s quite heavy and took a couple of people to drag it to where it is.
“Most people wouldn’t know it’s there, but it’s popped up neatly on the rocks.
The piece of driftwood was found at the remote island of the Colonsay, Inner Hebrides, in Scotland.Source:Supplied
“It is in a fairly remote part of Isle of Colonsay, a 5km walk each way but through lovely terrain with magnificent views.”
Mr Byrne posted it on his local Facebook page, and it soon attracted attention from amused locals and tourists.
One person who saw the funny side said: “Is this what happens if you sunbathe for too long on a Hebridean beach?”
Another commented: “An incredible piece of natural art.”
It’s not the first time an unusual object has uncovered in Scotland — especially when it comes to archaeological discoveries and mysterious ruins.
The stone age village of Skara Brae on Orkney, ScotlandSource:istock
In 1831, several chess pieces were discovered in a sand dune on the Isle of Lewis. They were carved from walrus ivory and whale teeth into small statues resembling royalty, bishops, mounted knights, warders, and pawns.
In 1850, a storm which ripped through the coastline of Scotland’s Orkney Island moved enough sand to reveal a hidden prehistoric village known as Skara Brae.
When discovered, the village had about 10 houses connected by alleyways and sheltered passages that made neighbourly visits easy.
The chess pieces were discovered in a sand dune on the Isle of Lewis.Source:istock
Stone was used for nearly everything in the village, including walls, beds, shelves and tools.
In 2013, researchers discovered the world’s oldest known lunar calendar in a Scottish field. The calendar was first spotted from the air at Warren Field near Crathes Castle. The calendar reportedly followed the Moon’s phases, tracked lunar months, and lined up with the midwinter sunrise.
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