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The location is on South Uist, in the Outer Hebrides. To be more exact, a couple of hours' walk from a hotel in Lochboisdale. I remember warding off flies in the heat, the exertions of a border collie trying to keep me away from sheep, then a man with red hair, moustache and asymmetric teeth who let me walk through his property. It seems I ended up somewhere near "Eilean Mór" ("Big Island") and not too far from a disinhabited location identified as South Lochboisdale. Historians know more than I do about the Highland clearances and other forms of dislocation that left behind ruins. The place can also be thought of as an intersection between visitors coming back and inhabitants who might feel the draw to other places. On the way back to my hotel, I heard for quite a while someone playing bagpipes. Since I couldn't pin down where the sound was coming from, I had the feeling of being back in time, or in someone else's memory. I finally reached where the piper was playing--in a roadside pub. I got there just in time to see the young man take a break--lifting a pint of alcohol-free ale as listeners turned toward the television.

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