An Tinne musician-led walk: Scorrybreac with Daniel Cullen
July 2 @ 12:00 pm
Distance: 5km (approx)
A good trail but with some steeper rocky path sections.
Somerled Square, Portree.
Google Maps Ref: 57.43744, -5.912794
Along our walk, we’ll try to blend historical stories and songs with the present day and hopefully ask ourselves some challenging questions about how Portree moves forward and thrives.
Having been born and raised in Portree during the 1990s, largely before the internet, I spent much of my youth wandering. Usually accompanied by my friend Michael, we’d often decide to go to ‘the end of the street lights’. This meant walking to the four different entrances/exits to the village (Staffin road, Viewfield Road, Struan Road and Dunvegan Road). Other times, we’d take a walk to what we called the TP, or Thinking Place, which is situated on the corner before you descend the hill to Scorrybreac – which was probably our favourite place to wander.
One of my favourite teenage memories also takes place in Scorrybreac. It was December 2005 and it was snowing heavily. We’d got news that school had been cancelled the following day due to adverse weather so my group of friends and I took some flasks of hot chocolate along the path and sat on the benches by the shore. It was really freezing, but we stayed for a couple of hours catching snowflakes on our tongues and having a laugh together.
As we sat there enjoying the place we lived in and the bonds that we’d formed as young residents, we didn’t give much thought to the past of that stretch of shore or any stories that took place there. I’ve since gone on to learn some of the history of the area and look forward to sharing the stories and songs that tell them – but as we walk around the ‘loop’ I’d also like to talk about Portree and Skye in the present day. What lessons can we learn from the stories of the past? How can we apply them to the world we live in now? Are we repeating the mistakes of our history? Are there other parts of the world we can learn from?
General admission: £10
Child under 11: £5
Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For walk information, click HERE