So much so they give a whole new modern meaning to the term Highland Clearances
Rosalind MacDonald, who has studied the history of Glencoe and the surrounding area for years, has hit out at claims made by the NTS about the villages reportedly lost to the Highland clearances
How does he think The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil - that most Scottish of plays, exuberantly spanning the country's history from the Highland Clearances
to the oil boom - will go down with North East audiences?
From the Highland Clearances
to the oil boom, The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many.
One play in the new season which has Joe's fingerprints all over it is "The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil", a musical drama by John McGrath telling the history of economic change in the Scottish Highlands, from the Highland Clearances
in the early 19th century through to the oil boom at the time of its first production in 1973, coincidentally the year Live Theatre was founded.
He has also directed a range of heritage and cultural appeals, including successful campaigns for the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Highland Clearances
Project and the Roses Charitable Trust in Mull.
These turbulent events are almost completely forgotten in the Lowlands and Borders but the Highland Clearances
have entered the national psyche.
It's 1857 in the aftermath of the Highland Clearances
But Skye, devastated by the vicious Highland Clearances
and riven by poverty, is no paradise and that's even before young girls begin to disappear.
But Skye, devastated by the vicious highland clearances
and riven by poverty, is no paradise - and that's even before girls begin to disappear.
"These are the consequences for my constituents: 4,000 homes will go, 8,000 to 10,000 people will be forcibly moved from their community - the biggest forcible move of human beings since the Scottish Highland clearances
" - Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, attacks the Heathrow decision.
The modern village was planned in 1814 to resettle communities that had been removed as part of the highland clearances
. Helmsdale is part of the Highland Games circuit and this year's event, to be held at Couper Park on Saturday August 20, features the Scottish hill race championship as well as the traditional heavy events, track and field, piping and highland dancing.