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Crossing the Minch

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Exploring the Links between Skye and the Outer Hebrides

On a good day, the mountains of Skye and the long chain of the Western Isles are clearly visible from each other, and their history has been interwoven over the centuries through a common Norse and Gaelic cultural heritage, land ownership links, the movement of people in both directions, and more recent economic and social pressures.

In May 2007, The Islands Book Trust held a two day conference entitled Crossing the Minch, to consider these many links, similarities and differences. Set in the magnificent surroundings of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre forGaelic Language and Culture, the contributors included Cailean Maclean, Aonghas MacCoinnich, Anne Frater, Iain Mac an Tailleir, Roger Hutchinson, and Bill Lawson.

This volume brings together the various contributions, providing essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of these islands.


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