True Highlands Blog
Today is Beltane, one of the most important days in the Scottish pre-Christian calendar. It is a day steeped in mystery, when fires were built, offerings made and rituals enacted. There has been a rekindling of interest in Beltane in the last decade with a resurgence of contemporary festivals celebrating the occasion with reinterpretations of tradition instead of recreations of past rites.
Trace your finger over a map of the Hebrides and the old Gaelic names will tell you a story. They are but one reminder of our rich and bloody maritime past. For example, the original name for Longay Island off Skye is Long Spùinnidh - Pirate Ship, while the hidden natural harbour on the west coast of Rona is known as Port nan Robaireann or Harbour of the Thieves. The swashbuckling tales from these islands could rival any Hollywood movie for colourful villains, robbery, betrayal and buried treasure.