Not such splendid isolation
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)