Highlands and Islands Community Newspaper of the Year 2019 and 2016, runner-up 2017

Chanonry Point’s dolphins are one of the Black Isle’s most popular attractions, but not many people are so drawn to the creatures that they’d up sticks from England to live here. In our Autumn edition we meet author and photographer Tim Stenton, who did just that.

Someone who’s made the move from even further afield is Canadian Ella Clarke, who’s based her vegan cheese business in Avoch via Barcelona. We discover what brought her here.

Staying in Avoch, we visit the primary school where children unveiled the impressive mural they’ve created with the help of Black Isle Men’s Shed members. The Shedders have had a busy time, for a few weeks later they handed over three benches they made to be sited in the village.

They weren’t the only ones helping walkers take a break: a crowd-funding effort by Shona Leggat has raised money for a bench memorial to her friend Hilary Stewart of Fortrose which features two carved horses’ heads. You’ll find it on the old Fortrose to Avoch railway line.

In Munlochy we talk with musician and composer Hilary de Vries whose new book of music and song celebrates her love for Orkney.

In Cromarty we meet the members of the village camera club who are looking forward to a new season of talks and displays.

And in Culbokie the Community Trust shares news of funding for its walking and cycling routes around the village.

Looking back, we celebrate the life of World War II soldier, POW and Avoch British Legion stalwart Neil Wilson.

All this, and more, and we’re still only £1.50.

Russell Turner

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