Scottish Highlands

Royal Avenue, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. c. 1890.

Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird a' Chuain


Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird A’ Chuain
Julie Fowlis

I heard this song in the trailer of Pixar’s upcoming movie Brave. So I searched around the net and found the title and meaning.

This song is a Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) song. The song is beautiful. And if you read the meaning, it’ll be much more.

Below I’ll post the translation. And of course, the link to the original lyrics.


My Love Is On the High Seas

On a quiet evening at the beginning of May
When the bat was in the skies
I heard a tearful young maiden
Singing beneath the shadow of the green branches
The sun was setting in the sea
And no stars yet graced the sky
When the young girl sang sorrowfully
"My love is on the high seas"

The night's dew began to fall
Each bloom yielding softly to the droplets
The wind blew in a fragrant breeze
Bringing life and renewal to each field
The girl tunefully sang her song
Quiet and peaceful like the June dew
And this chorus constantly repeated
"My love is on the high seas"

Day darkened and the stars shone
Setting their course amongst the clouds
The maiden sat, burdened by her sadness
Her singing could not have been more soothing
I moved closer to the young woman
Singing of her love sailing on the sea
Oh sweet was her sad lament
"My love is on the high seas"

The music enticed me
Nearer to the brown-haired maiden of the warm eyes
And she prayed to the King of Heaven
"Protect my love on the high seas"
Her heart was breaking with love
When I took her by the hand
"Wipe your eyes, your love is safe
I have returned to you from the high seas."


Original Lyrics

(via possibilitygirl4)


One of the best known prehistoric archaeological sites in Scotland, Jarlshof in Shetland -the remains of this site date from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD.

Late Neolithic house remains mark the earliest occupation of Jarlshof, followed by Bronze Age houses. In these Bronze Age houses we see the use of souterrains -underground passages which may have been used for uses such as smithing and as a place to keep grain dry. From the Iron Age period of Jarlshof is the remains of a broch, half of which today remains eroded into the sea. From the 9th century we see the rise of some rather impressive Norse settlements and architecture, most notably, the longhouse. By the 13th century the site of Jarlshof had developed into a Medieval farmstead.

What really struck me personally about this site is that it really does act as a microcosm of the history of Shetland, representing thousands of years of human occupation -quite extraordinary really.

For a more detailed account of Jarlshof archaeologically, check out the Canmore site record Jarlshof

Photos courtesy & taken by Pigalle. When writing up this post, shetland-heritage was of great use.

HIghlands, Scotland 

Inner-city Dublin, 1980s.



The A team as Gaeilge

Ed’s ‘A Team’ in Irish. Aka the native language spoken in certain parts of Ireland and the language we’re taught the minute we start school. Idk about you but damn this is wonderful. I miss TG4.

I miss hearing this language :(

Edinburgh University, Old College (by David Gray)

Wales (by Victor Bayon)