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Highlands area poet celebrated

Posted 8 November 2010
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Highlands area poet celebrated
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The life and works of a poet who was inspired by the landscapes of Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands are being celebrated this week.

It is 100 years since the birth of the late Norman MacCaig, who began penning pieces about the Assynt area after taking family holidays there.

This week sees a range of activities to mark the centenary of the writer's birth and these include the chance to go walking on guided treks tracing some of the places that prompted the Edinburgh-based teacher to start composing his work.

Celebrations will climax with a ceilidh in Lochinver on November 12th.

Those putting on their hiking boots may wish to pick up Ordnance Survey maps of the area so they can explore its mountains.

Well known peaks include the Munros of Ben More Assynt and Conival, as well as the three Corbetts of Quinag and the steep buttresses of Suilven.