We have chronicled the end of St Kilda and the sad story of the end of that ancient, cashless economy in our Scotland Guide (The End of St Kilda). The necessary but somehow tragic tale of how that close-knit and wind-swept community was shipped to the mainland and truly blown to the winds is an iconic tale of change and its cost. A sense of how it was and how it felt first hand is captured by the log-books of the Hirta school in its daily log of activities which is now available online at the Hebridean Archives where the book has been scanned and placed online here. (Hebridean Archives)
At a time when it seems as though the economic end of the world is nigh, its nice to know that the pessimist’s liquor of choice is scotch whisky. Sales of the single malts (aka real whisky) have shot up by 13.4% over the past year. Commentators are suggesting this is fallout from the run of period dramas on TV which feature whisky sozzled actors at every turn.
I don’t subscribe to that theory. At a time when everything is going wrong and is promising to go even more wrong in the near future, there is but nothing more comforting than a dram of pure malt. The fact that it looks like gold which the rich have been fortunate to buy and the rest of us regret not being able to is just an extra part of it charm! Long live whisky! maybe the angels will be drinking it on the day of judgement.