It’s gie dreich oot there today

But I don’t care. I’m dancing around the house with a great big grin on my face as I’ve just got tickets to see my favourite band. Earlier this week Runrig announced the date for their only outdoor gig in 2012 (and, to date, their only UK gig) and as soon as the booking office opened this morning I was online to buy two tickets. Inverness is THE place to be on Saturday 25th August 2012.

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Empty glens – a brief look at Highland Clearance history

Driving north west along the Strath of Kildonan from the small village of Helmsdale on the Sutherland coast you pass through mile after mile of almost empty glen. The houses are few and scattered sparsely along the wide, fertile strath. But it wasn’t always empty like this. In fact, two hundred years ago it was very different with a relatively large population living in many small scattered communities throughout the glen. If you stop and look at the lower slopes of the hills, all about are remains and ruins of numerous pre-clearance crofting townships.
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Valley High, Valley Low

(or glens in this case).

I want to share some wonderful aerial footage of Scotland with some great music from a relatively new Celtic rock band, Coast. Although based on the south coast of England, Coast was initially inspired by bands such as Runrig, Big Country and Dire Straits. Although I called them a Celtic rock band, they really are a fusion of all the above styles.

This tune is one of the quieter numbers but it fits the video perfectly.

I love all the songs on their debut album and am currently awaiting delivery of the second album. I’m a little miffed I missed their gig in Inverness last Saturday; one of the downsides of my ranger job is working every weekend in the summer.

Some of you may recognise many of the hills, glens, lochs and castles in the video.

For my favourite tune (and a lively number to dance to) from the band listen to Oceanos. Turn up your speakers and gie it laldy!