I was watching a show on Netflix, can’t remember the name of it, but an American realtor comes in and helps families stage their houses, so they’ll sell. She gets to know the families in the process.
One lady was about my age, lived alone, and wanted to move back to her ancestral home in Scotland. Due to marriage or some circumstance beyond her desire, she’d lived her life in some other country. When asked, initially, why she wanted to move, she paused, her eyes became teary, and she said, “Hiraeth.”
The American on the show and I were non-plussed, and the lady said, “A yearning for Scotland.”
I think it translates to ‘a yearning for home,’ but I liked her answer. I think you can feel hiraeth for a place you’ve never been.