This is a well-defined and easy path but does go some distance from habitation. It starts on the forestry track at a car park which is sign posted from the main A 851 Sleat road (Grid Reference 705161) A kilometre or so along the land rover track there is a left turn (again well marked) onto a good footpath which circles round to the cleared village of Leiter Fura. The return is along the main forest track. https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/kinlochforest.shtml
Just the other day a friend posted a Facebook memory, she had been kayaking in Greenland a number of years ago and wrote of an experience. “The only time in my life I’ve ever heard complete silence. No running water, no birds, no people, no breeze: nothing. Just 40 degrees of sun, me and my kayak and total silence all around. Totally blew me away. I had to keep stopping to listen again!“.
The world is noisy, and nature is noisy, there are very few silent places, and if they are it is normally only a brief interlude. I am sure my friend in Greenland could have been at the same spot hours before or after and it would have sounded different, there would have been sounds.
I have known Hector for many years, being good friends with his family, he has a wit and an intellect which questions and illuminates. His people originated in Leitir Fura and so it was an obvious destination for his walk. We discussed the movement of people and stories of pirates, but also examined preservation and conservation and the sound of a place. We are so used to the visual world, especially when exploring landscape. We take photographs, often trying to capture a view, but how often do we stop and think about the sound a landscape makes.
Of course, it takes a musician to remind us of this.
An Tinne is a link, and the project revolved around an actual cooking pot chain that came from Greaulin, but also a song book that Anne has guardianship of. Hectors walk inspired me to think about the conservation and preservation of both manuscript and song. The reimagining of the collection of songs is really the sound of the book.