Ceannabeinne On Visit To The North Coast Of The Highlands Of Scotland

Tour Scotland travel video, with Scottish music, on ancestry visit to Ceannabeinne, gaelic for the end of the mountains, a ruined village within the parish of Durness, in the county of Sutherland, on the far North of the Highlands. Ceannabeinne is said to have been a thriving " township " until the Highland Clearances of 1842, which resulted in rioting. There were once fourteen houses in the village of Ceanabeinne, all of which are now ruined. Amongst the ruins of Ceannabeinne there are the remains of what is thought to be a Monastic settlement, possibly dating from early medieval times. The beach at Ceannabeinne was once known as Traigh Alt Chailgeag, " The beach of the burn of bereavement and death " which tells the story of a lady who died after falling in the burn and was found on the beach. The beach has spectacular views of the island of Eilean Hoan, the burial island, which is now a nature reserve. Sir Walter Scot, the famous novelist visited Ceannabeine in 1814. Highland Clearances was the forced eviction of inhabitants of the Highlands and western islands of Scotland, beginning in the middle to late 18th century and continuing intermittently into the middle of the 19th century. The removals cleared the land of people primarily to allow for the introduction of sheep pastoralism. The Highland Clearances resulted in the destruction of the traditional clan society and began a pattern of rural depopulation and emigration from Scotland. All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.

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