sutherland bothy history at the bbc

Fri, Dec 12, 2008

The Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh (letter to learners) has some interesting articles on Strathan and Strathcailleach bothies in Sutherland. The former is rather sad in a way and I remember the kerfuffle when this 21st century clearance was performed. In fact, it led to me withdrawing from the MBA as I couldn’t reconcile my love of the outdoors with my membership funding traveling expenses for modern day clearances. I don’t know if expenses were paid to the attending MBA members but the fact they were involved was enough.

Strathan litir, part one, part two Strathcailleach litir

The articles are in Gaelic but if you’re learning the language, you can get simplified versions using the Litir Bheag (little letter), which also include full English translations:

Strathan litir bheag, part one, part two Strathcailleach litir bheag

The litir is a great example of why learning at least simple Gaelic opens up new areas of literature. I couldn’t find anything on Google about the Northways and this piece of folk history is forever tied up in this wonderful language. If anyone would like to read the articles I’d be happy to translate them.

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