A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

A Winter’s Moan.

The trip through to Inverness went well, beginning with the Whoopers on the near side but quickly making their way across as soon as we stopped.


Clear roads but cold


and at times beautiful but bleak scenery.


It was a long drive just to get volunteer books done in time and I think my tenure is coming to an end. Made it through sixteen years only being late the once. Set up a system that puts everything in place for a next year hand over. There is definitely a moody feel about the community with people not happy with broadband, talking about the people leaving the community, the falling school role and a general discontent in many conversations about the state of roads and other services in the community. I know there are people working really hard to keep things going but you do go through spells of wondering “Is it worth it?”Sometimes you have to go through a period of crisis management to survive and in theory you are supposed to be stronger coming out the other side. When you see four young families either leaving or planning to leave it is disheartening that people’s efforts may be for nought and the community will be an attractive tourist destination serviced by people who live here for six months of the year.

Just reread this and will leave it for posting and hope that this is just a pessimistic low point, coupled to the time of year. But back to the scenes from yesterday


which were uplifting and the hope that the music coming up over the next few days will banish the negativity. If The Lone Bellow and Rhiannon Giddens don’t do that I am in a spot of bother. (Took a little break there to compound the feeling of gloom and read a dire prediction given by Paul Mason on the world economy.) It’s about time there was another gathering of community enablers so that we can share all the ups and downs of our small town politics. To finish here is the reminder I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.



The light sometimes literally takes your breath away.


Comments on: "A Winter’s Moan." (6)

  1. Ali

    Hang in their soon be spring, it is a beautiful place, your efforts will be rewarded one-day


    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Partly to do with all the hateful admin….ploughing through it, but also pretty nervous about numbers in the community. With the people leaving and intending to leave we are becoming an ageing wee place. Life is good still though. Cheers

  2. Cheer up Ali – it’s that time of year wherever you live

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Ta I know that has a lot to do with it. i prefer to write about it rather go to the Inn and rabbit on about it.

  3. Angus Robertson said:

    An interesting post Ali….although a wee bit depressing. Not enough being done to retain families in rural areas and find out why they need to leave (body of research there for someone – Lateral North?). Tax breaks, support through a rural allowance scheme, more affordable housing…which I know you have been working on for sometime in Applecross. A good starting point is getting it out there why families are leaving.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Many reasons. Study is required, I agree. Quality of life for younger people is pretty hard here. Little or no prospects of housing unless local connections, To be employed in what you want you almost have to be self employed. There is work, especially for women it is difficult to achieve “brain”work.Plenty houses to clean and nothing wrong with that. Things like Broadband are becoming far more important. There is more to it than watching Netflix. Two or three businesses are relying on it being upgraded to continue operating. Can be patient for so long.

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