There was a shortage of good land in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but land owners were determined to make a living. Land owners introduced sheep farming to bring in a profit for their estates, but this meant that the land’s previous tenants had to make way for them.

First broadcast:
4 March 2004

The clip can lead to more detailed study of the Highland Clearances. Students could look into the impact of the clearances in their local area. Look at the options available to those cleared from their land; life in the cities, on the coast, emigration. Look at individual case studies, analysing the choices they made and the ways their lives changed.