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 highlands has many remote and difficult to access spots, but few capture the imagination quite like the island of St Kilda. A journey to this near-mythical outpost, 40 miles into the Atlantic, is akin to approaching the edge of the world as well as stepping back in time. What is it that captivates us about this barren and isolated outcrop of rock, barely visible from the civilisation of North Uist?
One of the most confusing and hard to decipher aspects of Scottish culture is the role of clans and tartans. Curious visitors often enquire as to what the relevance they have in the modern world. Are they merely a historical anachronism or a link to our past that needs preserving?