Songlines are verbal routemaps through a landscape. As part of the exhibition Wise Women and the Earth, Assynt poet Mandy Haggith and Poolewe-based songwriter and storyteller Dorje Khandro Dawid have created a songline - an audio guide for a walk around the garden. Their words give a unique perspective on the environment, history and folklore of Inverewe. Mandy and Dorje Khandro are both inspired by the songline tradition of Aboriginal Australians and the depth of wisdom found in ancient myths and legends. This contribution to the Wild Women and the Earth exhibition picks up many of the totemic themes and stories that have inspired the group over their time in residency in the garden.

We start with a brief introduction to the Songline - the Prelude. This can be listened to anywhere, perhaps as you make your way to the start of the songline by the Wollemi Pines sign in Bamboosalem. There are maps of the Songline available from the Visitor Centre, Sawyer Gallery and Osgood’s Cafe should you need help finding your way.

There are three walking routes, each of which has a songline (an audio guide) accompanying you along the walk, and a short story to listen to at the end of the walk whilst you sit on a bench and contemplate the view.

Walk One - Bamboosalem to Camas Glas - Songline One + Story One

Walk Two - Camas Glas to High Viewpoint - Songline Two + Story Two

Walk Three - High Viewpoint to Rock Garden - Songline Three + Story Three

and finally, if you want to listen the complete set, please download them from this link - Prelude, Songlines and Stories

We hope you enjoy them.

DOWNLOADING THE FILES

To listen to these you will need to download them onto your phone or mobile device, as we do not have 3G or 4G on most of these walks.

ANDROID - simply click on the highlighted links above for each walk. This will download the file onto your device and if you look in the downloads folder you can just click on the file to play it as you walk, or sit listening to a story.

iPHONE - Apple has made it difficult to download audio files onto an iPhone. The only way we see to do this is to click on the link, which will start streaming the file, and then save the file to a folder such as Dropbox. By changing settings in Dropbox to make the file available offline, you should be able to play the file as you take the walk.

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