Land and Community

  • “A’ The Airts”, Sanquhar

    19th August 2019 by

    On a sunny, breezy August afternoon I take the A703 south to Sanquhar, in Dumfries and Galloway. It’s Community Land Week, and “A’ the Airts”, a community hub based in a historic building in this attractive town, is screening a film, and putting on a spread. The film focuses on the role of the arts...

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  • Morebattle

    5th August 2019 by

    Morebattle lies at the foot of the Cheviots, seven miles south of Kelso, so deep in the Borders that only one or two hamlets and a few hills are left before you reach Northumberland. We’re in the middle of a short but very intense heatwave: 30C is forecast. Sheep huddle into the shade of trees,...

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  • Bonnymuir Green, Aberdeen

    29th July 2019 by

    It’s high summer and from the exuberance of spring, the Scottish countryside is now settling into a more subdued palette of greens. Fields of barley are not yet cut but are beginning to dapple yellow. The cerise of rosebay willowherb is taking over from the foxgloves, whose thimbles have opened, one by one, until they...

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  • MACH 1 – Machrihanish Airbase Community Company

    16th July 2019 by

    Communities use their land and buildings for many activities but Mach 1 is definitely one of the more unusual ones. The former MoD airbase at Machrihanish, Argyll, now owned by the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company, is the venue for one of the big tarmac rally events on Dunfermline Car’s Club’s racing calendar. The play on...

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  • Fort Augustus – opening the new Cill Chumein Medical Centre

    11th April 2019 by

    At sunrise on a frosty April morning, I am on my way to work to meet Kyle, who has recently joined our team as a Modern Apprentice. We’re driving up to Fort Augustus for the opening of their new Medical Centre. It has been funded partly by the Scottish Land Fund, and partly by Scottish...

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  • Strontian – learnings

    26th February 2019 by

      Back in December I was invited to join HIE and National Lottery Community Fund colleagues for a Scottish Land Fund “learning event”. Hmm, I thought, Strontian in February – over Rannoch Moor, the Corran ferry then single track roads – probably a snow tyres job at best, maybe even find a fellow learning eventer with...

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  • Community Land Week 8: Mull of Galloway – to the Lighthouse!

    30th October 2018 by

      It’s a long way to the Mull of Galloway from Crianlarich, and there’s a delay on the A82 near Tarbert. A woman riding pillion on a motorbike has been thrown off, her leg is broken and the road is closed for a while. Even walking on it, the road surface feels greasy from recent...

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

    26th October 2018 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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