Gold Rush in the Far North Highlands

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In this glittering episode, Jenny and Annie uncover the incredible 1869 gold rush in Kildonan, Sutherland in the Far North Highlands. Jenny explains the geology of how gold ended up deep in the Scottish Highlands. We have a look at the Victorian media hype that sent a lot of hopeful prospectors up to Helmsdale in search of treasure and find out about the fates of the folks panning for gold.

We find a wonderful poem called the Highland Gold Diggers Song and finish on learning a surreal folktale on how the first bridge over Dornoch was a solid gold fairy bridge.

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