The Dunbeath Water - Neil Gunn's 'Highland River'






Opposite the Broch, across the tributary, a high knoll rises abruptly from the meadowland. This must from very early times have been a religious centre of importance. A story is told of a cemetery between the knoll and the pool being swept away by a tremendous flood which hollowed out the graves and carried away the dead. Kenn once heard old James Dallas call it Chapel Hill, though no religious ceremonies have taken place on it within traditional memory. A broad, high, lichened wall runs from the knoll towards the river.

—Neil M Gunn, Highland River



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