The Road to Tobha Mòr

Professor Hugh Cheape, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, shares an experience from ‘The Edge’ which sharpened perceptions and shaped a view of the relevance and vitality of the ‘heritage’ of the Highlands and Islands going forward.

One day I met a man on the road to Howmore who told me that I was on the site of an ancient ‘university’ and that folk came from all over the world to it. If I doubted this at first, I came to understand how essentially right he must have been. The year was 1984 and I was in South Uist during the Edinburgh ‘Fair Fortnight’ holiday, staying at Stilligarry (Stadhlaigearraidh), a short way “down” the island to the north.

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