|Map by S kitahashi|
|glenmorangie distillery, a photo by twicepix on Flickr.|
One of the most tragic events in this area’s history was the Highland Clearances. This was the forced removal of rural Highlanders by the government and greedy landowners during the agricultural revolution. Many people lost their livelihoods due to these clearances, and at least one aristocrat decided to assist the unemployed. Sir Hector Munro put the people to work on a kind of folly which today is a commemoration of the clearances, the Fyrish Monument.
More from Ross and Cromarty:
- The Black Isle is a lovely place to visit, even if it’s a peninsula and isn’t really black. Fishing boats can still be seen floating in the harbors, and the location offers some stunning sunrises and sunsets. Isolated from the rest of the county, the Black Isle seems to be stalled in time.
- If you’re looking for isolated, Glenuig is the place to be–with a population of about 30 it’s hard to get much smaller. This area was once densely populated, but since the Clearances the population has stayed low and the beauty of nature is probably its greatest attraction.
- Ross-shire is home to what might be the most iconic castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. This magnificent structure sits aloof on a tiny peninsula that juts out into the water, making for a truly magnificent sight, and its history is fascinating.
|Stornoway,Isle of Lewis, a photo by Donald M on Flickr.|
|Barryob [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
The Western Isles, also known as the Outer Hebrides, are a sprawling collection of about 65 substantial islands, many of which remain uninhabited. The main islands are the Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra, and St Kilda.
|North Tolsta,Isle of Lewis, a photo by Donald M on Flickr.|
More from the Western Isles:
- Many novels have been set in the Western Isles, probably because of the air of mystery and romance that pervades their landscape and history. Check out my Hebridean reading list to see if you’d be interested in picking up a book to keep for those long winter evenings coming our way.
- The Western Isles are notorious for shipwrecks, and on Flannan Isle there’s a bit of a mystery concerning the lighthouse. In 1900 there were three lighthouse keepers, and after a time of heavy mist and blustering storms all of them disappeared without a trace.
- The Hebrides have inspired all kinds of music, from Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture to Sir Granville Bantock’s Hebridean Symphony. Hear some of the latter here.
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