The Highland Clearances

Tusdale, Isle of Skye


The tenant-farmer's house




Typical ruins at Tusdale. The remains include those of
cottages, barns, animal-pens, and "in-byes" - the paddocks, close
to each house, where animals were kept overnight. Outlines of
much larger fields are also common, and the settlement is still
surrounded by the remains of a large wall.




Tusdale Glen






In both these images of the tenant-farmer's house, but more
clearly in the upper photo, the stripes of lazy-beds can be seen.
The land was worked so intensively'that tho' these beds were
abandoned more than a century ago, the markings are so clear
and recent-seeming that visitors may mistake them for furrows
made by by giant modern "prairie-busters" ploughs, as a
preparation for forestry plantation.





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