The Gaelic Society’s annual outing took place on Saturday May 16th and this year was to Strathnaver. Our first stop was at the Altnaharra Hotel where we were joined by Jim Johnston, former Head of Farr High School in Bettyhill, who was our entertaining and highly informative guide for the rest of the day.
On the journey through Strathnaver we passed various Clearances and prehistoric sites, stopping off at the Memorial to Donald MacLeod of ‘Gloomy Memories’ fame and Syre, the site of ‘Patrick Sellar’s cottage’, where we visited the old church. Our next stop at the Srathnaver Museum in Bettyhill coincided with their Open Day and a local VE Day parade.
We finished off our tour with an excellent lunch (prepared by Catriona Mackay) in Strathy Hall, followed by a presentation on the history of Strathnaver by Jim Johnston, before returning to Inverness via Tongue.