Sunday, April 08, 2007

Forgotten village found near Fort William

150 years ago an outbreak of Cholera wiped out a little community, high in the hills, above the town. Tollie, on th slopes of Ben Nevis, and its origins go back at least to the 1800's and possibly even further back towards the Bronze Age.

They've found the outline of the houses there amongst the trees. Funds for some archeology are being sought and ideas discussed about restoring the village.

Another old, lost village, Daingean is now a tourist attraction. It was found and restored a couple of years back, near Invergarry. In that case the residents were shipped out as part of the infamous Clearances around the 1850's.
Undoubtedly there are other lost Highland settlements to be disovered.There have been so many ups and downs in the Highlands over the centuries.
It is a beautiful country, but it can be savage.
The picture is of Stalker castle, near the cottage
Lochside cottage near Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland
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