NG5846 : Warning sign on Calum's Road, Raasay

taken 8 years ago, near to Brochel, Highland, Great Britain

Warning sign on Calum's Road, Raasay
Warning sign on Calum's Road, Raasay
Is this a joke? Are there flying pigs in Arnish? (Yes, the road surface was uneven, but not that bad!)

The Chief Executive’s Office of 'Transport Scotland' provided the answer, with a quote from one of Raasay's local farmers: The Raasay pig signs - "As you may have gathered, we keep free-range pigs - not just a bit free- range but seriously free-range: our pigs can roam over a good few square miles. They have in fact been spotted almost as far south as the beginning of ‘Calum’s Road', at Brochel, where our common grazing ends. With the increasing popularity of this part of the Island, I felt it only fair that people should be warned, for it’s not every day that you come across a pig on the road!

This particular sign seemed to attract a lot of attention, with comment appearing on ‘You Tube’ and other Internet sites. It also got a mention in the ‘Times’, the ‘Glasgow Herald’ and several other newspapers. Such was the interest that one day the ‘Sunday Mail’ telephoned asking about it and, three days later, published a full page article. As the many comments had all been positive - and I had a sticker or two left - I placed one a mile further down the road (just in case people forgot).

However, someone was not amused and sent a letter of complaint, with photos, to the local Council. So they came over and pulled off the stickers. (If they’d phoned me, I would have saved them the ferry fare to Raasay, and done it myself.)"
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OSGB36: geotagged! NG 584 465 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:26.6758N 6:1.6687W
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