Hielan' History Boys Dinner
6 October, 2014, No.14 Rhynie
A gathering of local heritage enthusiasts from Glenlivet, Glenbuchat, the Cabrach, Rhynie, Tarland who have a specific knowledge or interest in the Hielan' Ways area.
Gill Russell has been working with us on our Hielan' Ways project - seeking to explore the remote area once covered in drovers routes between Huntly and the Cairngorms - spending many hours out in the landscape walking and mapping. As part of this she organised a special evening dinner; a gathering of local heritage enthusiasts from Glenlivet, Glenbuchat, the Cabrach, Rhynie, Tarland who have a specific knowledge or interest in the Hielan' Ways area.
Hosted by Gill - with the wonderful Rhynie Woman collective providing locally sourced and foraged food - the evening took the form of a structured three course dinner; with the conversation being guided by a set of predetermined topics and a few visual and anecdotal prompts during the event. Participants discussed the evolution of land use in the area (from shielings to shooting butts), local myths and mythology, long lost traditions and unusual rituals, the makeup of the landscape and its effect on those who inhabit it, walking and transport, unexplainable occurrences, deed bodies, and the communities who used to live there. Alec Finlay and poet David Wheatley came along too, providing some interesting insights into local Gaelic names, with some of their poems about the area.