True Highlands Blog
It’s brilliant to see Game of Thrones back on TV this month. It’s over the top narrative of warring monarchs, torture, slaughter and treachery makes for compulsive viewing. If you thought the series a tad excessive then read on. You may be surprised to find that, (dragons aside), Scottish history was a huge influence on the series and tales of medieval clan shenanigans are often way more theatrical than anything fictional portrayed on screen.
The history embedded in the stones that surround us has a refreshing permanence to it. Like signposts or a blog from the past, rocks can still carry meaning and lessons from history in our age of transient media. Tales that hark back to an era where superstition took precedence over science. These stories are old and have, no doubt, weathered over time - but the stones remain. Here are a few to entice you.
The current dispute over access to the now privately owned Rubha Reidh lighthouse, near Gairloch on the west coast of Scotland, has served to highlight the ongoing fascination that visitors have with these strange and incongruous towers, that leap up from our tallest cliffs and remotest of islands. Mostly from the Victorian era, these marvels of engineering are a reminder of a time of industry, increased prosperity and a ‘can do’ attitude that has stood the test of time.