In recent years, along with the Broadford branch, the Lochcarron Bank opening hours have been on a steady decrease. And with the closure of both banks now on the calendar, its going to make Lochcarron and the surrounding area even more remote. The statistics released by Bank of Scotland claim that the Lochcarron branch has seen a decrease in use over the past few years. No wonder, when the bank is actually closed for most of the week. We cannot, and should not, have to rely on the internet. Especially as the internet in the area can sometimes be unreliable. I am hopeful that the 'promised' new mobile service will go ahead.
"Where is the cash machine?" Twenty two miles away. How utterly ridiculous.
The Kyle RNLI lifeboat was in the loch recently, searching for two people who were walking from Toscaig to Kishorn round the headland. They were severely dehydrated when they were found. Can I politely remind people who intend to climb or walk on the mountains and hills in the area to prepare according to the weather conditions as well as the terrain. The recent spell of very unusual hot weather can catch people out if they're not expecting it.
The Dell has been cut now with the bales lined up in the usual spot! This will provide a good source of food to the local livestock when winter arrives and they are brought off the hill. Kishorn has a good variety of livestock, making use of the common grazing behind Achintraid, or the crofts and fields closer to the sea.
The Bealach Mor cycle challenge, held on the 3rd September, seemed to be a great success with a lot of riders taking on this years challenge. Riders cycle for 90miles and take on one of Britain's highest mountain passes, the Bealach na Ba. A team from Kishorn hosted one of the many food stations on the route. By doing this, the Kishorn Playing Field Club receives a donation, and this helps towards the cost of the upkeep of the playing field on The Dell. It was also great to see local people cheering the riders on in the morning before going back to the Dell for some sports and activities. Remember that these Dell sessions are on every Saturday between 10am & 12pm. Keep an eye on the facebook page: facebook.com/kishornplayingfieldclub
It was extremely interesting to see the recommendation by local politicians to decommission the 'Lewis Oilrig' in Kishorn, instead of towing it to Turkey. Along with other places such as Arnish Yard in Stornoway and the Nigg yard, Scotland has fantastic potential to offer opportunities in this sector. Scotland is also making a name for itself in the renewable energies sector, another potential connection to the Kishorn Port.
Lochcarron Community Council, as published in their meeting minutes, have been notified of plans to erect a base station in Kishorn, by EE. Now the information received so far is minimal. However, could this mean improvements to the mobile phone signal in the area?
The Selfie Box has been extremely popular over this season, and I am looking at ways to expand the online presence for next year as well as some new interior features. The adoption of the red telephone box is designed to be a community project and I am very much open to ideas to improve the selfie box, or even to change its use.
But the selfie box is starting to become very well known. It has had several appearances on the news, and has had a lot of publicity from organisations & individuals. It is unique to Kishorn. And its another reason why Kishorn remains firmly on the map.