Janet Mountford-Smith

Written 17 posts

Community Land Week 7: Fernaig – A path, a present, a future

26th October 2018

Friday morning and there’s enough blue in the sky to patch a sailor’s jacket, as my mum would say. On the way from Tighnabruaich to Fernaig (near Plockton/Skye of Lochalsh) I pass by the Appin agricultural show and can’t resist popping in. Here are some of the stars: Massed battalions of camper vans are on…

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Community Land Week 6 – Kilfinan, Argyll

22nd October 2018

Best digs to date by far at Tregortha B&B in Tighnabruaich.  It’s under the new management of a lovely Hungarian couple, Carmen and Gabor, who’ve done a stylish make-over on it, and can’t do enough to make you feel welcome and comfortable. I leave the curtains open, wake at around 4.30 am and look out…

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Community Land Week 5: Portobello – Thinking Global, Acting Local

16th October 2018

Posted 16/08/2018 From Ulva, it’s a single track road back to Craignure.  Waiting for the ferry I spot a sea otter sitting on a buoy at the ferry terminal. He soon attracts an appreciative audience. Then it’s back over to Oban and a long drive to Portobello, the traffic is heavy through the outskirts of…

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Community Land Week 4: Ulva – Under New Management

11th October 2018

Sunday 12 August and it’s over to Ulva for the official launch of Community Land Week by Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. But first it’s Ullapool to Oban by way of Fort William, where I stop for coffee in my idea of a perfect cafe, which is happy to sell me a couple of slices of…

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Community Land Week 3: The Bonnet Lairds of Carloway

14th August 2018

  Community Land Week gets underway in Lewis, on the Western Isles.  Carloway Estate Trust are holding an event to open their new “Bonnet Laird Walk” on Saturday 11 August. The famous broch at Carloway is on their land.  I’m a bit of a broch-a-holic and this one is absolutely majestic, it also has a…

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Community Land Week 2: West Harris Trust – a Wealth of Wind and Water

8th August 2018

From a hot desk in Stornoway… …here is today’s update. Mr Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, visited West Harris Trust to see their hydro and wind turbine energy projects, and their wonderful visitor centre, Talla na Mara. Powered with the renewables, it includes meeting space, a cafe, artists’ studios and affordable housing….

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Introducing…Scotland’s First Community Land Week!

6th August 2018

Celebrating community landownership … So here we are on the threshold of Scotland’s first ever Community Land Week – a series of events to celebrate and promote community ownership of land and land assets (that’s buildings, to you and me). Fifteen community groups across Scotland are set to take part, with a wide range of…

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