This month we have been reminded about how dangerous trawling and fishing can be.
The tragic story of the “Louisa” which hit our headlines on Saturday 8thApril has been felt not just throughout the Western Isles (where the boat was based) but throughout the whole of the Highlands. My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy. According to the only survivor the boat was at anchor when she started to take on water, the cause of which is yet to be identified. The liferaft was launched but failed to inflate and this has resulted in the death of two of the four crew onboard. The skipper is still missing.
We have a strong fleet of smaller fishing boats based in the area and on both sides of the island of Raasay. The struggle to keep the “Inner Sound” open is still ongoing. I am concerned about the lack of BUTEC consultations and public meetings. The fishing fleet will not be the only boats affected, what about the vessels using Kishorn Port? Quite often those vessels come from ‘The Minch’ area, does this mean that they will have to chug all the way down towards Broadford before rounding the Raasay headland and double backing up to Kishorn or Kyle?
The tourist season is well under way now with the North Coast 500 being very popular. However, I am aware of concerns being raised about the extra traffic now using our roads. In particular, visiting car and motorcycle groups are trying to do the whole route in the fastest times, using the route as a race track. Just because we are remote doesn’t mean the road rules are different. On the majority of the NC500 roads, the National Speed Limit is actually 60mph. This issue is set to be raised with the NC500 team. It’s great to see visitors coming up to the Highlands, but please remember that our roads are not race tracks. Allow plenty of time to see the scenery, stop and shop and enjoy the trip. Stay for a few nights. Try some of the hundreds of excellent restaurants and cafés in the area.
The Scottish Parliament election is fast approaching. On the 5th of May each person registered to vote will have two sections to fill in at the poll station: one vote for the “first past the post” candidate and one vote for the “regional list” candidates.
CAITHNESS, SUTHERLAND & ROSS CANDIDATES (first past the post):
Gail Ross (Sottish National Party SNP)Jamie Stone (Scottish Liberal Democrats)Struan Mackie (Scottish Conservatives)Leah Franchetti (Scottish Labour)
Lambing season is well underway in the village now. Can I politely ask all Kishorn dog owners to make sure that their dogs are kept under supervision? It is important that new born lambs are given a safe environment to live in and if a dog gets into a field the lambs could be harmed or killed. Usually earlier in the month we get a light dusting of snow, known as “lambing snow” but what a surprise it was to wake up on the 27th April to a large amount of snow lying on the ground! The majority of the roads seemed to remain clear.
I’ve noticed that a lot of the villages in the local area have leaflets and information packs displayed at various places to promote the respective townships to locals and tourists alike. Maybe Kishorn needs a bit of leaflet promotion, watch this space. Kishorn has a huge amount of history which not many people know about. We are lucky to have the award winning Kishorn Seafood Bar, the beautiful gifts and paintings at Patterns of Light and the new Bealach Café and Gallery in the village, not to mention the numerous art galleries and places to visit. We even have our own outdoor and bunkhouse centre and a red Selfie Box! Kishorn definitely deserves its place on the map.