The path to Hallaig

Hallaig sign

Footpath to Hallaig © David Gill

There can be few signs that can stir the emotions like this one marking the path along the east side of Raasay to the clearance village of Hallaig. The poem by Sorley MacLean (and translated here by Seamus Heaney) evokes the ruined houses nestling under the cliffs on a small plateau. But the walk along the carefully constructed turfy path makes a connection with the communities that lived and worked here. 

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