A Message from the Heart
In a small, quiet spot in Argyll, at a place where three roads meet, lies a heart made from white quartz. This is the Tinkers’ Heart: a space sacred to Scotland’s Travelling people.
It is a place of love, of loss and of memory. It is a place where marriages were made, where children were named and where those Travelling men who lost their lives in wars were remembered.
It is a place of both of ancestors and descendants; where the past, the present and the future merge on the three roads.
Travellers in times past walked the earth lightly and their sacred spaces have always been hidden in plain view. That sacred place was simply the landscapes they passed through.
This is one more reason the Tinkers’ Heart is special. It is a physical monument, laid out in white quartz chuckie stones, a place that is a focus for the memory of the many roles Travellers have played in the history of Scotland.
Celebrate this little bit of Scotland and remember the many people who passed that way in their Summer Walking days.
Have a wee look at Jonny Burke’s video of a drone flight over the Heart and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity: Fly over the Heart
The Heart of the Travellers:
REGISTERED CHARITY NO: SCO045416
We were so chuffed to have been sent these photos.The aim of the project was to get children and adults talking about Traveller culture and we have achieved this.We are proud to be part of something positive.
Heart of the Travellers now has a YouTube channel where you can follow our films, events and more! Our videos can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjanLYQihlHPxr-7ZSSNX0w.
Meet the author of our book Wee Bessie. David G Pullar is a prefessional gardener from Montrose, since the age of 16 David has been showcasing the histories, traditions and customs of Scotlands travelling people.The great grandson of much celebrated Traveller Betsy Whyte has found inspiration in her work and life, especially her connection with nature. […]