ULBHA Ulbha is a small island just of the coast of the Isle of Mull, Scotland. It is accepted that Ulva derives from two Old Norse words, ulfr meaning “wolf”, and ey meaning “island”. Ulva is rendered as ULBHA ( pronounced as OOL-a VA ) in Gaelic. It has a long and fascinating history. It bears witness to the one of the most tragic episodes of Scotlands story, the clearances. Today, Ulbha is tame enough. The Isle of Wolves has no claws this May afternoon. This land is sleeping now, wrapped in gorse-calm air, safe beneath a blue bounty of sky. We rest on the road to Gometra, watching Loch-a-tuath unfold to release a memory of gulls. We have escaped for a while, letting this place share it’s blanket of time and history. But yet, we are not fooled. The soil beneath us is as hard as any and bears it’s scars. We are all wounded, in our own way. Today Ulbha hides nothing. Before us, the bare bones of Abos, Culinish, Bearnus… Derek Ross Gometra = Godman’s Isle Loch-a tuath = North Loch Abos / Culinish / Bearnus = remains of cleared settlements.