True Highlands Blog
The Highland Clearances are undoubtedly one of the defining moments in Scottish history, no other event has had the long lasting impact both psychologically and geographically as they have done. Collectively, even among those without specialist knowledge we have a shared sense of outrage that binds us together as a nation. So what can we learn from the past? Is it time to move on or should we instead try to right one of the most powerful historical wrongs.
The North Coast 500 route finally reaches the north east corner of mainland Scotland at John O’Groats. Be sure to take the obligatory photo at the famous sign, then head a whisker further east along the single track road to Duncansby Head. From the lighthouse it’s a three kilometre walk across the grassy cliff tops to the Stacks of Duncansby, two stunning sea-stacks with dramatic cliffs as their backdrop.
Often tourist attractions announce themselves to the world, “look at me” they proclaim in a grandiose way. Seldom will they live up to the hype and often what is fashionable in one era soon finds itself out of favour in another. Much has changed over the years but one understated gem of an attraction in the North East of Scotland still retains a sense of timelessness.