Hallaig: National Poetry Day

Hallaig © David Gill

Hallaig © David Gill

Today is National Poetry Day (with excellent material from the BBC). So Heritage Futures turns to Scotland and Sorley Maclean’s “Hallaig” (see Scottish Poetry Library).

The wood at Hallaig © David Gill

The wood at Hallaig © David Gill

The opening line, ‘Tha tìm, am fiadh, an coille Hallaig’, takes me to the wood through which you walk to reach the clearance village of Hallaig on the eastern side of Raasay facing the Applecross peninsula.

The monument to Sorley MacLean at Hallaig © David Gill

The monument to Sorley MacLean at Hallaig © David Gill

And on the old trackway leading from the jetty is a monument reminding us of the village and the poem that keeps the memory of the village and community alive.

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