Contour Line with Prof. Tim Ingold

Caroline Dear and Tim Ingold on Land Line walk on Thomas Telford’s old road.

GUEST – Dr. Tim Ingold – Chair of Social Anthropology University of Aberdeen

PLANT – Heather /​Fraoch /​Calluna vulgaris

WALK – This walk follows a section of Thomas Telford’s road, which was built in the early 1800s between Portree and Broadford. Following the gentle line of this track between Luib and Strollamus we will explore the experience of movement and walking through a landscape. This route goes into the red Cuillin hills and also links north and south Skye visually, giving an interesting perspective on this area and the Island. The walk will balance the specific place and day with wider and deeper questions about how we experience the landscape and how we understand the relationship between the ground and the sky.

TERRAIN – This walk follows the marked footpath up the hill, along the old Thomas Telford road. We will walk along this good track to the bridge and then back along the same route. The track goes into the red Cuillin. There is a steeper section at the start and it has a couple of boggy sections, with a very gentle gradient. Walking boots needed.