As well as being a wonderful holiday destination, the Scottish Highlands are home to a quarter of a million people, from the vibrant city of Inverness to remote crofting
communities and sparsely populated islands.
Southwards, down the coast at the tiny Gearrannan cove, a group of blackhouses in a former crofting
village has been imaginatively updated for self-catering holidays.
The archaeology chapters report: an extensive field survey, categorising sites and monuments by type; sample excavations within these types; and excavations within the crofting
township of Balnabodach.
Among their topics are historical sites, a crofting
township, pottery usage, the kelping industry, collapse and clearance, and emigration to North America.
A remote crofting
community in the north west of Scotland yesterday became the hottest place in the country on the warmest October 27 since records began.
Under the 1976 Crofting
Reform Act, crofters are entitled to 50 per cent of the development potential of the land.
It is "a small, fertile crofting
island, currently inhabited by around 130 people," says The National Trust for Scotland.
lRichard Fox will have his first ride in the royal colours when he partners Maroon's stablemate Crofting
in the ten-furlong heat at Newcastle tomorrow.
Probably the best and most cohesive chapter deals with emigration from the Highlands, mainly from the Hebrides, the scene of many of the nastiest clearances of the nineteenth century and subsequently the centre of crofting
agitation and reform.
We are lucky in that our income is so low it is supplemented by the state-- crofting
is subsidized--and we don't have to pay for health care.
The former clan members were reformed into a crofting
community -- a population of only partly subsistence farmers who would pay a cash rent for land allotted to them by their landowner.
FROM PAGE 12 NEXT year, it will be the 40th anniversary of James Hunter's book The Making of the Crofting