Not such splen­did iso­la­tion

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

Iso­lated? Pshaw! (“UK’s worst sell­ing map: the empty land­scape that is charted by OS440”, Fo­cus, last week.) I’ll have you know that Glen Cass­ley calmly watches over sev­eral hun­dred mo­torists hurtling east to west, north and south and vice versa be­tween the de­lights of Tain and the Led­more Junc­tion and Lairg and Tongue, most tak­ing a short­cut on the North Coast 500 to avoid Thurso. No doubt traf­fic will in­crease when Tongue gets its very own Tracy Is­land rocket launch space sta­tion on the A’Mhoine penin­sula.

The rea­son for the lack of any pop­u­la­tion is of course en­tirely man­made: the ad­verse im­pact of the clear­ances some cen­turies ago. The es­tates cleared fam­i­lies from Loch Shin to all points east and west, with Gol­spie car­ry­ing the brunt. Ghost set­tle­ments abound. Murdo (on­line con­tri­bu­tion)

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