Ceud Mìle Fàilte
a hundred thousand welcomes
My name is Elaine Black and I live in the Scottish Highlands in an old house in a very old glen.
A close neighbour is Rob Roy MacGregor. The notorious Highland rogue lived a colourful life in the late 1600s and he ‘sleeps’ next door in the village graveyard.
Above the glen is Creag an Tuirc or ‘hill of the boar’ where Clan MacLaren raised the ‘fiery cross’ - a burning cross that rallied clansmen to war.
Nearby, is the ruined fortification of a powerful lord. You may know it best as Castle Leoch in Outlander or perhaps in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
You can guess that I LOVE Scottish history and where I live - perhaps you might be tempted to let me share it with you.
A bit about me
I have a background in journalism, archaeology and museums. I am currently Site Director of an archaeological field survey on the island of Tiree, on the west coast of Scotland. I have an interest in Celtic and Viking archaeology and particularly the peoples of the Scottish archipelago. Boats are sometimes involved.
However, I am also fascinated by the history and culture of the whole of Scotland and have even been known to venture occasionally into the 21st century.
A little bit more about me
I like dogs, an unreasonable amount of coffee and lots of dark chocolate…..
Let the journey begin…..