Enjoying place

One thing good that can be said about the lockdown, is that it gives us plenty of time for reading and reflection. I read recently in a book by the explorer of Himalayan natural history, George Schaller, that the mountain K2 (second highest peak in the world) is so remote that there is no habitation within sight of it, and that it has no local name(s). That, I would concede, is pretty remote. There is nowhere in Western Europe to match that. On my daily walks around Gabhsann I often pass the sites of previous communities – Norse and Iron Age settlers, and the nameless tribes that built the now-ruined dùns. I wonder if they considered this place ‘remote’ or was it simply an extension of what they already knew?

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