January 10, 2013

The Pinning Stones: Culture and community in Aberdeenshire

Here’s our second guest post, from Robert Livingston, Director of HI~Arts, and someone who has spent many years criss-crossing northern Scotland in his work supporting artists and communities in their creative lives. 

Where is the most remote community in Scotland? Surely the island of Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, must be a strong contender—Unst that is, that has a primary school, a swimming pool, a campus of Shetland College, a festival, and good broadband coverage.  Plus a very regular ferry link to the rest of Shetland.  Doesn’t sound very remote to me.

Unst_Bus_Shelter

OK then, what about Durness on the far north coast of the Scottish Mainland, one of the few remaining communities in Scotland only accessible by single track road, sixty miles from the nearest rail station?  It describes itself, on the durness.org website, as ‘the most remote area in Great Britain’, and ‘the most…

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