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Re: Tigh na Cailleach under threat
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BigSweetie wrote:
Many of you will be familiar with Tigh na Cailleach or Tigh nam Bodach in Gleann Cailliche near Glenlyon, said to be the site of the "oldest uninterrupted pagan ritual in Britain". A planning application for a hydro-electric scheme in Gleann Cailliche has been submitted.

More details can be found on the Glen Lyon History Society's website:

"Planning permission was recently lodged for four hydro electric schemes that will forever transform the Gleann Cailliche and the surrounding landscape. Existing tracks will be upgraded to take heavy traffic. Power houses will be constructed, borrow pits dug and fresh tracks will be carved into the steeply sided slopes to weirs. An overhead power line will be run past the Tigh nam Bodach and down the side of Loch Lyon."

You can view the application details here (if that link doesn't work, go here and search for application reference 11/00061). Comments on the application will only be accepted until the 18th of March.

I would urge anyone who has an interest in this fantastic glen to submit a comment. As someone who doesn't generally get particularly misty-eyed or blown-away by sites, Tigh na Cailleach really does it for me.

While I'm in favour of renewable energy, I think any changes to this particular glen would spoil it and detract from it's uniqueness. I know that argument can be used for pretty much any place, but I do feel this is somewhere special.

There's an account of my walk through from Bridge of Orchy to the Tigh na Cailleach on my website here - it gives a sense of the remoteness you can experience in this glen, despite not being too far away from civilisation.

I thought Tigh na Cailleach was listed on here once, maybe I'm mistaken....


I've been reading this post and re-reading it for the past couple of days now; there is something deeply unsettling about it. At first I thought I've never been there so therefore unqualified to comment. I took on board this sentence in your post ..."I would urge anyone who has an interest in this fantastic glen to submit a comment. As someone who doesn't generally get particularly misty-eyed or blown-away by sites, Tigh na Cailleach really does it for me." ...and didn't want to jump on the band wagon.

I do recall the discussion about Tigh na Cailleach a few years back and remember that people thought it so unique and precious it was better not to publicise it. Its ironic it now needs to be publicised to protect it. I've just read the Glen Lyon History Society link in detail (only had time to glance through it earlier) it had quite an effect. So although I'm a southerner who, though maybe back in Scotland later in the year, am unlikely to get the opportunity to visit Gleann Cailliche, I will email developmentmanagement@pkc.gov.uk with a comment.

Just when it feels as though we're all going to hell in a handcart and what's the point - you realise the point is that hopefully there will still be some wild and ancient places without the very large footprint of modern civilisation on it left for the generations that follow us.

Am away to write my email, hope I haven't waffled on too much.


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tjj
Posted by tjj
12th March 2011ce
09:02

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Tigh na Cailleach under threat (BigSweetie)

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