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    • 30/11/2017 - Highland Tourism Conference
      Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness hosted a major Highland Tourism Conference this week. Around 200 professionals, businesses and public sector reps attended the packed event. The focus of the event was Digital Tourism with presentations from leading Social Media guru Bonnie Bonnie Dubois  whose masterclass in the practical use
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    • 23/11/2017 - ADMG Meeting - 23 November 2017
      ADMG met today (Thursday 23 Nov) at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Chairman Richard Cooke led a poignant tribute to Stephen Gibbs, who died last week and will be buried in Arran on Monday 27 November. The Agenda for the day included updates on Habitat Impact Assessments (including SNH financial support £1800.00per DM
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    • 23/11/2017 - Cairngorms National Park Consultation on Main Issues Report
      The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has started preparing its next Local Development Plan (LDP) which will direct development in the National Park for the period 2020-2025. CNPA have published a Main Issues Report for public consultation as part of this process.   The Main Issues Report seeks view on the bi
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    • 01/11/2017 - SSE Sustainable Development Fund
      The Highland Sustainable Development Fund is currently open for applications. The fund is part of the community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments. To be eligible for funding, your project must benefit communities that lie wholly within the Highland Council area.  You don’t need to be a registered ch
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    • 27/10/2017 - Argyll and Bute LDP2 Main Issues Report drop-in events
      Argyll and Bute Council has begun the Main Issues Report (MIA) stage of public consultation in preparation of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2). Members can find details of the proposals here. The MIA consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017. There will be a seri
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    • 20/10/2017 - Highland Invasive Species Network Meeting
      On Wednesday Highland Regional Manager, Drew McFarlane-Slack attended a meeting of the Highland Invasive Species Network (HISN).  The network met to consider the issues falling out of the new Highland Community Planning Partnership's new 'Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2127 (HOIP).   The Highland Environment Network
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    • 13/10/2017 - Income Tax
      The Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has called for full control over income tax to be handed to the Scottish Parliament. He has also mooted an overhaul of the tax band system to raise extra revenues.  The Scottish Government is currently drawing up a discussion paper on the prospect of raising income tax i
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    • 12/10/2017 - HIE Housing Development Report
      Highlands and Islands Enterprise has published its report ‘Stimulating Housing Development in the Highlands and Islands’ this week. The report highlights barriers to development and presents case studies of delivery models and innovative solutions. Read more...
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    • 24/07/2017 - Community Board Member
      CalMac is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues. The Board will comprise 12 members plus an independent, paid, chairpers
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    • 15/06/2017 - HIE Housing Workshop
      This week Scottish Land & Estates participated in a workshop run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding research it has conducted on how investment in Highland and Islands housing can be stimulated. Issues identified included hidden demand, access to finance, utility connections, low and seasonal rural incomes, and pla
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    • 16/03/2017 - Budget Briefing
      Members of the local business community, Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Land & Estates attended Saffrey Champness’ second evening Budget Briefing in Lochaber on 15th March. The U turn by the Government on National Insurance Contributions provoked early discussion with attendees fairly united in the view that the
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    • 16/03/2017 - Review of the CNPA Forest and Woodland Strategy
      At a meeting in Boat of Garten on 15 March a wide range of stakeholders attended the launch of the above review. Scottish Land & Estates members from across the Park attended and participated in the event which was punctuated by several presentations and Q&A sessions from the Park,  Forestry Commission and Confor. There were
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    • 16/03/2017 - Highland Environment Forum Meeting
      The Highland Environment Forum met at Great Glen House on Tuesday 14 March to consider various partner agencies’ attitudes and work on Climate Change in the Highlands. The Highland Council described the work of its small team in tackling their challenging targets and the difficulties they acknowledge in bringing staff with
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    • 16/03/2017 - Scottish Crofting Federation Annual Gathering
      The Scottish Crofting Federation Annual Gathering was held at Applecross on 10 /11 March. The theme of this year’s conference was Crofting’s place in Europe and included a number of sessions led by speakers from the EU with experience of small scale agriculture.  Scottish Government were well represented with Brexit Mini
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    • 20/02/2017 - Scotland's Moorland Forum Muirburn Code Workshops
      Simon Thorpe of Scotland’s Moorland Forum heads a series of practitioner workshops across Scotland this year to consider an early draft of the new Muirburn Code.  In Sleat, Skye at the Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, supported by Michael Bruce, Vice chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum and Graham Sullivan of Scottish
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    • 02/02/2017 - Meeting with Crofting Bill Team
      Scottish Government officials from the Crofting Bill Team will meet with landowning and professional members of Scottish Land & Estates in Lochcarron on Friday 3 March 2017. Mark Pattinson of Lochacarron Estates will host the visit and workshop and members of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group will participate. The Cr
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    • 21/12/2016 - Cairngorms member estate helps deliver climate change target
      For the first time in Scotland a large-scale peatland restoration project has made extensive use of helicopter lifts. The project on Candacraig Estate in the Cairngorms National Park involves re-profiling and re-vegetation, in addition to the creation of stone sediment traps. Read more...  
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    • 08/12/2016 - Argyll & West Dunbartonshire Rural Crime Partnership
      The Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Rural Crime Partnership attended the Cattle Sale at Oban Livestock Market on Tuesday 6 December. Police Scotland and  Scottish Fire & Rescue Service were joined by NFUS and Scottish Land & Estates staff to provide information and support to farmers from across the Highlands & Islands. The b
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    • 10/11/2016 - Highlands Forestry Strategy Meeting
      The Highland Council has decided to refresh their 2006 Highland Forest and Woodland Strategy and has commissioned a consultancy team to deliver it. Their aims are to highlight the region’s contribution to the Scotgov national forestry policy, update with the Council’s Supplementary Guidance ‘Trees, Woodlands and Develop
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    • 20/10/2016 - Consent granted for new Highland wind farm
      Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has this week given consent for the construction of a 22 turbine wind farm in the Highlands. The Creag Riabhach wind farm will be located on the Altnaharra Estate, near Lairg, in the North Highlands andwill have a generating capacity of 72.6MW, enough to power 36,000 homes. The proposed develop
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    • 30/09/2016 - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens nominated in the Best Visitor Attraction category at the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016
      Having been awarded the coveted 5* Visitor Attraction grading by Visit Scotland earlier this year, the MacLeod Estate team are delighted that Dunvegan Castle & Gardens has been nominated in the Best Visitor Attraction category at the prestigious Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards this year. It is further confirmat
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    • 30/09/2016 - Ardnamurchan Walk & Talk Event
      Ardnamurchan Estates hosted the latest Scottish Land & Estates 'Walk and Talk' event carried out in this instance in partnership with Lochaber Chamber of Commerce. Owner Donald Houston, estate manager William Kelly and renewable energy consultant Eamonn Coughlan each provided our members and guests with a frank assessment of
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    • 24/06/2016 - Rural Crime & Safety Event
        Photo Iain Wilkinson, Luss Estates welcoming attendees to Duchlage Farm Rural Crime and Safety event. Friday 17 Junbe 2016 “ Scottish Land & Estates member Luss Estates hosted an important event in conjunction with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service on Friday 17 June. The Farm & Estate Cr
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    • 22/06/2016 - Highland and Argyll Flood Risk Managment Plan
      Flooding  Flood Risk Management The introduction of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act (2009), has led to a new risk-based, plan-led approach to dealing with flooding in Scotland. Responsible authorities were designated and required to work in partnership to agree where the areas at hi
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    • 09/06/2016 - Monadhliath Deer Management Group Stakeholder Day
      Drew McFarlane-Slack, Scottish Land & Estates Highland Regional Manager chaired the second MDMG stakeholder event at Tomatin and Coignafearn on Monday 6 June. Members of the local community were joined by Estate staff from across the Monadhliaths who heard a series of presentations from Dougie Campbell of Strath Caulidh A
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    • 13/05/2016 - Cairngorms Economic Forum
      The Cairngorms Economic Forum (CEF)  met on Thursday 12 May in Boat of Garten to hear from Grant Moir, CEO of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, advise about the impending consultation on the next Park Partnership Plan. The CEF representatives from  Scottish Land & Estates, SCDI, Highland, Moray and Aberdeenshire Counc
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    • 01/04/2016 - UHI Integrated Land Use Conference
        Students gather in Carrbridge for land conference More than 50 students from around the Highlands and Islands gathered in Carrbridge this week for a conference on integrated land use. Organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands, the event aimed to encourage students studying a variety of land-based su
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    • 15/03/2016 - Highland PAW group launched in Inverness
      A strategy to tackle wildlife crime for the next three years has today [Monday 14 March 2016] been launched in the    Highlands.   The Highland branch of the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland action plan is a local collaboration    between a number of organisations including Police
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    • 03/03/2016 - Meeting Held with Police Scotland on 2014 Raptor Deaths
      Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, who is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change, and Environment Committee, met with Police Scotland, the Scottish Game Keepers Association, Scottish Land & Estates, RSPB Scotland, and the NFUS, in order to be updated on the raptor poisoning
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    • 12/02/2016 - Inverness College UHI is seeking new Board Members
      Inverness College is looking for talented leaders from a broad range of backgrounds with experience and knowledge particularly of Further and Higher Education, Audit Law, Finance and Accountancy and from a range of sectors including commercial, industrial and the third sector to join the Board of Management. The key requireme
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    • 21/01/2016 - Moray Landowner 'Helping it Happen' with 100 Acre Charity Land Gift
      On Monday last Mark Tennant of Innes Estate nr Elgin and Iain Rideout, CEO of award-winning children’s charity Outfit Moray, launched a new partnership proposal to develop 100 acres of land and buildings at the historic Milltown Airfield nr Lossiemouth as a Community Outdoor Learning & Adventure Hub. This £2m project h
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    • 10/12/2015 - Land Registration Event
      Scottish Land & Estates and Registers of Scotland (RoS) partnered by Bowlts Chartered Surveyors of Elgin and Inverness on Wednesday 9th December to deliver a seminar on the 2012 Land Registration Act. 32 members, clients and guests attended the event held at the Kingsmills Hotel and after lunch received  a welcome and in
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    • 08/10/2015 - Agricultural Holdings Roadshows
      Agricultural Holdings Roadshow Scotland Rural Development Opportunity to find out more about join industry initiatives Landlords and tenant farmers will have the opportunity to find out more about joint industry initiatives in tenant farming at a roadshow in Inverness on 18th November at the Inverness Thistle Hot
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    • 02/10/2015 - Consultation on Provisions for a Future Islands Bill
      The Scottish Government has published a consultation to seek the views of interested stakeholders on plans for more power and protection for Scotland’s islands.  These views will help shape the development of a future Islands Bill that will allow the Islands to build a more prosperous and fairer future for their communitie
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    • 18/09/2015 - Scottish Parliament is coming to Islay and Jura to discuss Land Reform
        Public Meeting, Village Hall, Craighouse, Jura Sunday 20th September 2015 18:00 – 19:45 (ferry from Jura to Islay 20:15)   The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is coming to Jura as it continues its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Land Reform (Scotland) Bi
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    • 28/08/2015 - Standing Stones mark the founding of the new town of Tornagrain
      More than one hundred people gathered to witness the unveiling of a group of standing stones to mark the founding of the New Town of Tornagrain today (Thursday 27 August 2015).  John Stuart, Earl of Moray was joined by Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing and Provost of Inverness, Council
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    • 27/08/2015 - Land Reform – Housing and Regeneration
      Scottish Land & Estates members Hugh Raven (Ardtornish) and Gail Mathieson (Highland Housing Alliance) attended a Scottish Government workshop in Inverness on Wednesday 26 August to discuss the 9 housing and regeneration recommendations contained within the Land Reform Review Group’s 2014 report.  This was the latest in a
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    • 14/08/2015 - Scottish Elm in the 21st Century
      The University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness College is currently doing a small research project on Elm in Scotland and more specifically the Highlands, exploring the spatial extent of the species and limits of Dutch Elm Disease. The study will also address elm's landscape significance and minor role as a milling and
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    • 06/08/2015 - Voluntary Registration of Land
      Scottish Land & Estates arranged two meetings in the Highlands on 30th and 31st July in partnership with Registers of Scotland (RoS) and the Cairngorm National Park’s Land Management Forum (LMF) in relation to Voluntary Land Registration. Around 60 members and guests attended the events held at Boat of Garten Village Ha
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    • 27/03/2015 - UHI Conference
               Scottish Land & Estates’ members faced their own ‘Question Time’ at Carrbridge Hotel last night as a group of 50 students from the University of the Highlands and Islands gathered for their second Integrated Land Use Conference.  The conference is also supported by RSPB and CNPA. The student
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    • 10/02/2015 - New Entrants for Highland Starter Farm
      The first Forestry Commission Scotland starter farm in the Highlands is to be run by Sandy and Kirsteen Douglas, a local family from Quoybrae in Caithness. Sandy and Kirsteen will take up occupancy at Achnamoine starter farm in Halkirk on 1st April with their 8 year old son. The starter farm programme gives new farmer
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    • 02/02/2015 - Call for Sites & Ideas: West Highland & Islands Local Development Plan
         Opportunity to shape the future planning of West Highland  Below is an invite to lodge land use suggestions for inclusion within the forthcoming West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan.  The Call for Sites and Ideas runs from 30th January until 27th March 2015. This initial Plan stage provides a once-
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    • 06/11/2014 - Highland Members' Meeting
      Aldourie Castle near Dores on the east shore of Loch Ness was the venue for a gathering of Highlands and Islands members. This followed similar gatherings around the Regions.  The event contained three elements: an update on the work of the organisation & key issues facing our sector; a presentation from the new Chairma
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    • 25/09/2014 - DSCI Deer Stalking Certificate
      DSC1 Deer Stalking Certificate – a unique chance to get this important qualification quickly and easily at HALF the normal price!   The Cairngorms National Park Authority,(CNPA) is keen to encourage the best possible standards for anyone involved in deer management in the National Park, and DSC1 is foundation level
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    • 19/08/2014 - Highland starter farm applications now open
      Applications are now open for new farmers to run the first Forestry Commission Scotland starter farm in the Highlands. The new starter farm area is to be based at Achnamoine, near Halkirk in Caithness. There will be a viewing day at Achnamoine on the 17th September for all those with an interest. Full applications will
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    • 26/06/2014 - Island Communities
      The Scottish Government has produced a document “Empowering Scotland’s Island Communities” which is described as a prospectus for all of Scotland’s islands.  A link to the document may be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0045/00452796.pdf.  It includes proposals to allocate, on independence,
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    • 26/06/2014 - Argyll's Trial Beavers Report Released
      Scottish National Heritage has published the latest report on the reintroduction of beavers into the Knapdale Argyll area. This shows findings up until April 2013, with the final report due to taking findings up until May 2014, which will be published by December of this year. The trials have been ongoing for the last fi
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    • 12/06/2014 - Wind Turbines Approved
      The plans for 67 wind turbines on the Garrogie Estate, Fort Augustus have recently been approved and are set to benefit communities in the Highlands by up to £30 million. The new SSE Renewable development will also support the Highland-wide Sustainable Development Fund. The approval for the Stronelairg Wind Farm is set t
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    • 16/05/2014 - Vacancy for Managing Agent - Cawdor Estate
      An exceptional opportunity has arisen for a Managing Agent for this prestigious and extensive Estate in the Highlands of Scotland. Cawdor Estate is a diverse property comprising a let property portfolio, in-hand grouse shoot, partridge/pheasant shoot, salmon fishing, in-hand arable farming, holiday lets, renewable energy proj
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    • 16/05/2014 - Attadale Gardens Launch event
        Highland Committee recently agreed to enter into a two year partnership with the national charity Action for Children with the joint aim of giving support to our Next Generation and encouraging members in the North of Scotland to help raise funds.  Discussions with the charity began a year ago and Highland Commit
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    • 08/05/2014 - Land Management Training Project now live and open for applications
      The Cairngorms National Park Authority is pleased to announce that as part of its support for Land Managers in the National Park, it can now offer a grant subsidy of 30% of training costs under this year’s Land Management Training Project. The current funding is for short courses in key practical rural skills which will
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    • 31/03/2014 - Justice of the Peace recruitment campaign - Grampian, Highland and Islands
      The Scottish Government is currently running a campaign to recruit a number of Justices of the Peace for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands.
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    • 18/03/2014 - First Starter-farm planned for the Highlands
      Forestry Commission Scotland is to create a new 'starter-farm' in Caithness - giving a new farmer an opportunity to get their first foothold into the industry. This new opportunity comes from the purchase of land at Achnamoine, near Halkirk in Sutherland.  This is part of Forestry Commission Scotland's 'repositioning pro
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    • 03/03/2014 - Caingorms LEADER consultation events
      The Cairngorms LEADER Local Action Group are carrying out a consultation on the themes and outcomes for the new LEADER programme 2014-2020. The consultation launched on Monday 10th February and will run until Monday 10th March. As part of this, they are running a series of consultation events across the area. Events take plac
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    • 13/02/2014 - Chair Appointed to the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage
      Scottish Land & Estates welcomes the appointment of Ian Ross as the new Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Scottish Land & Estates Chairman Luke Borwick commented “we have enjoyed a very positive and productive working relationship with SNH and in particularly under the tenure of outgoing Chairman Andrew Thin, who
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    • 12/02/2014 - Wild greylag goose goes on sale in Uists
      From this week, wild goose meat will be on sale at licensed outlets in the Uists. Resident greylag geese have expanded rapidly, over the years, causing significant agricultural damage. This has presented some challenges for crofters and farmers in certain areas.   Work to control the resident goose population to tac
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    • 06/02/2014 - Sharing research about the Cairngorms National Park
        Researchers, managers, academics, students and the public can start to share information and research about the Park on CNPA’s website from today. The new ‘Cairngorms Research’ pages will be a resource for everyone to find out about research projects, publications and opportunities for future research. Read more
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    • 04/02/2014 - Highland region of Scottish Land & Estates names its first charity partnership
      Action for Children Scotland has been named as the inaugural charity for a new partnership with the Highland division of Scottish Land and Estates. As part of the exciting initiative, landowners across the region will aim to raise £70,000 for the children’s charity over the next two years.   Scottish Land & Estate
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    • 30/01/2014 - Work Placement Opportunity
      Moray Chamber of Commerce is working with Skills Development Scotland to support the roll-out of the new Certificate of Work Readiness.  This is a new qualification for young people which demonstrates that they are ready for the world of work, and have some work experience to prove it!   This work experience element
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    • 05/09/2013 - Pioneering houses a spectacular addition to the community of Morvern
      The community of Morvern this month takes possession of two exceptional new houses (pictures attached). Their pioneering construction and design mean they must be among the most desirable rental houses in the country – with ultra-low running costs, exceptional insulation, masses of natural light, a great sense of space, and
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    • 31/07/2013 - New Black Isle office launched at the Black Isle Show
        Speyside based firm of Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors, Peter Graham and Associates LLP, are celebrating their 6th anniversary with the opening of a second office on the Black Isle where they intend to expand their services into Easter Ross and further North. Over the past few years Peter Graham and Associa
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    • 17/07/2013 - FREE deer stalking awareness signs - offer still open
        Over the last year or so CNPA has been offering deer stalking awareness signs (developed in conjunction with Cairngorms Deer Advisory Group) to land managers across the National Park, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of deer management practice and promoting responsible access amongst hillwalker
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    • 04/07/2013 - Challenge to housing developments in Cairngorms fails
      An environmental group has failed in a legal challenge to four major housing developments proposed for the Cairngorms National Park.   The Cairngorms Campaign opposes plans for 1,500 homes at An Camas Mor, near Aviemore, and 117 at Carrbridge, 300 at Kingussie and 40 at Nethy Bridge.   It appealed to the Court of Se
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    • 22/05/2013 - HWEnergy set to provide biomass heat cabins to NHS Highland
      Fort William-based HWEnergy, Scotland’s biomass heating specialist, is to provide heat cabins to at least 10 NHS Highland sites in the coming year in a deal worth in excess of £2m. NHS Highland has commissioned 12 heat projects across the 10 sites with a further six biomass projects at different stages of planning. It
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    • 17/05/2013 - Members visit to Inverie on Knoydart
        16 members and guests attended a walk and talk visit to Inverie on Knoydart on 10 May.  Guests included Scottish Government staff from both Housing and Environment departments and Scotland’s senior Ornithologist Roy Dennis MBE as we gathered on a damp Mallaig pier for the short ferry journey. At Inverie we
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    • 16/05/2013 - Entry Deadline Ahead For Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards
        Food and drink businesses across the Highlands and Islands and within the Cairngorms National Park area have just three weeks left from today (Wednesday, 15th May) to enter for the region’s largest and most prestigious food and drink industry awards.     As the Wednesday, 5th June deadline approaches for en
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    • 15/11/2012 - Abandoned island St Kilda wins award for responsible tourism
      ST KILDA – the remotest outpost of the British Isles – has won a major international accolade recognising the restoration of historic buildings on the tourist attraction. The famous Hebridean island, lying 41 miles west of the Isle of Benbecula, has been named the best destination for conserving architectural heritage in th
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    • 29/10/2012 - Morvern Restaurant takes top award
      The Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline (http://www.thewhitehouserestaurant.co.uk/ ) scooped the top prize when proclaimed Restaurant of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Food and Drink awards at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness. This comes immediately after the Whitehouse was named as the Scottish runner up in the pr
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    • 25/10/2012 - Sustainable Deer Management Postgraduate course to run again in early 2013 at the University of Highlands and Islands
      Following its first successful run in early 2012, UHI’s postgraduate module in Sustainable Deer management will run again in early 2013. The module will once again be available through the existing UHI MSc streams ‘Managing Sustainable Mountain Development’ and ‘Managing Sustainable Rural Development’, as well as being
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    • 17/10/2012 - Visit to Mull with Mike MacKenzie (list MSP for the Highlands and Islands)
      Highland Regional Manager Drew McFarlane-Slack and Paul Nicoll, Board Director at Bell Ingram http://www.bellingram.co.uk/ were joined by H&I MSP Mike Mackenzie on a visit to Mull on Monday 17th October. We were accompanied by Bell Ingram Oban office’s latest recruit, Hugh Nicol, lately of Guernsey but originally a Campbellt
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    • 12/10/2012 - Parking charges welcomed as investment boost
      Forestry Commission Scotland has welcomed the support of local groups and mountain bikers for the introduction of a parking charge at Learnie Red Rocks mountain bike trails. The Black Isle site, which offers 16km of trails combined with some spectacular views, is hugely popular. It caters for bikers of all technical abilities
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    • 09/08/2012 - Black Isle Show & Moy Game Fair
      Scottish Land & Estates took to the north last week as they toured Black Isle, Moy and Turriff shows. At Black Isle we had to endure the rain on Thursday but it wasnt able to douse our enthusiasm, particularly as we received regular updates on Team GB's results in London!. The weather improved during the afternoon and we were ab
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    • 09/08/2012 - Seafield Estates Newsletter

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    • 26/07/2012 - Mary Scanlon visits Scottish Land & Estates members
      Monday 23 July 11.00a. pick up  Highland MSP Mary Scanlon (Con) and her colleague, Highland Committee member Liz Walsh (Mid Feabuie) at Corran Ferry. We lunched at Ariundle with Kate Campbell who offered her views on local tourism trade, medical services, ferry charges and the new Distillery at Glenborrodale, themes we would h
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    • 25/07/2012 - Minister visits Islands with SLE to meet members
      Friday 20 July Cabinet Secretary for Education and Argyll MSP Mike Russell together with his wife Cathleen concluded their visit to west Mull on a gloriously sunny Friday afternoon. Iain Munro’s Dory skimmed the waves and the wind was at our backs as we left beautiful Gometra and owner Roc Sandford’s family, friends and ten
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    • 12/07/2012 - Lewis estate community buyout makes progress
      Islanders living on one of Scotland’s most important ancient landscapes, famous for the Callanish standing stones, have taken a step forward towards buying their land. The financial viability of the community taking over the Carloway Estate on Lewis will now be examined. At a public meeting on Tuesday night residents voted 49-
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    • 10/07/2012 - Argyll and Bute Council Local Development Plan Latest
      Argyll and Bute Council has prepared a Potential Additional Sites Consultation as a follow on from the Main Issues Report of the Local Development Plan. The potential additional sites have been identified following analysis of responses to the Main Issues Report. There is also an Addendum to the Environmental Report which accomp
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    • 24/05/2012 - Argyll & Bute Core Paths Plan – your opportunity for further comment
      Argyll and Bute Council are giving anyone with an interest in proposed core path designations in the area the opportunity to provide any further comments they have on proposed core paths routes which have one or more outstanding objections.  All disputed routes will be passed to the Scottish Government Reporters’ Unit later
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    • 18/05/2012 - Anger over Mull Sea Eagle numbers
      Members of Mull community Council at their 8 May meeting stated that Sea Eagles on the island are now at 'Saturation Point' and are theiy are impacting on lambs, puffins and other wildlife including golden Eagles. The RSPB were accused of being single minded on the issue of Sea Eagles to the detriment of other birds and wildli
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    • 18/05/2012 - Western Isles Council fails to halt drift of young people
      Western Isles Convener says the Council has failed to stop the drift of young people from the islands (11 May BBC News) Western Isles Council's leader Angus Campbell has said the local authority had failed to halt the drain of young people from the islands. He said encouraging people to stay should be the focus of Comhairle na
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    • 30/04/2012 - Tollie Red Kite Centre opens
      Tollie Red Kite Centre A newly renovated farm building on Brahan Estate near Dingwall which will be used by the public to watch Red Kites feeding and flying was officially opened to the today by MSP Dave Thomson. Scottish Land & Estates member, Alex Matheson of Brahan welcomed Mr Thomson to the new facility at Tollie, developed
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    • 18/04/2012 - Ardnamurchan Whisky firm get planning permission
      Adelphi Distillery Ltd of Ardnamurchan were granted planning permission yesterday for the first (legal) Malt Whisky distillery on the Peninsula. The company hope to employ a large cohort of  workers during the construction phase and up to 4 permanent staff in the remote west coast development. Adelphi Chairman Keith Falconer
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    • 11/04/2012 - Torloisk Estate
      On Friday 31st March, Richard and Lucinda Compton of Torloisk Estate, Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull and Newby Hall hosted a gathering ofl local activists campaigning to retain their local primary school. They welcomed Ulva Estate owners Jamie and Tessa Howard and Gometra's Roc Sandford to the event and were joined by Education Minis
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    • 04/04/2012 - Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan Notice of Publication
      Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan Notice of Publication Please note the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan - Main Issues Report will be published by the Highland Council on 5th April for a 12 week consultation.  The Main Issues Report sets out a number of initial options for where development should and should not
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    • 13/03/2012 - Shetland Kids Learn Woodland Skills at Brahan Estate
      A group of children from Shetland, famous for its lack of trees, came to the Brahan Estate near Dingwall to learn more about rural skills and woodlands. Brahan Estate’s owner Alex Matheson welcomed five Shetland schoolchildren and their teachers to his estate last Friday (9 March). The children, all aged  between 14 and 16
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    • 09/03/2012 - Whistle stop Estates tour of Sutherland and Wester Ross
      Scottish Land & Estates CEO, Douglas McAdam and Highland Manager Drew McFarlane-Slack made a whistle stop tour of Sutherland and Wester Ross this week, starting with Lochcarron Estates on Monday morning and finishing on Wednesday afternoon with a tour of the Woodland Trust's Ledmore and Migdale woods.  During the trip they met
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    • 21/12/2011 - A83 - Rest and be Thankful
      Since the landslip at the A83 Rest and be Thankful on 1 December 2011 and the clean up operation which followed, the local community have shown their patience as work was carried out to fully reopen the road. ScotlandTranserv has expressed graditude to those communities affected and fully appreciate the impact this has had on t
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    • 14/12/2011 - A83 further update 14/11/11
      A83 Rest and be Thankfull fully reopens The A83 at the Rest and be Thankful will fully reopen to traffic today.The road, which has been subject to closures during the hours of darkness to all vehicles except emergency vehicles since a landslip earlier this month, will open to all traffic around the clock from today. This remain
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    • 24/11/2011 - Sutherland wind farm approval
      Planning consent has been granted for a wind farm which will generate 75.9 megawatts electricity or enough to power more than 35,000 homes - or around twice the number of homes in Inverness - with green energy. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has approved the Strathy North wind farm, 5km south of the village of Strathy in Sutherla
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    • 22/11/2011 - Rural Scotland to Debate Independence
      Rural landowners have been given the opportunity to participate in the national debate on independence in Oban on Friday 2 December, at an event organised by Scottish Land & Estates and rural land and property management experts Bell Ingram with support from chartered accountants Saffery Champness. The debate, ‘Independence R
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    • 15/11/2011 - Beaver Introduction
      Many of Scotland’s fishers, foresters and farmers continue to express their deep concerns about the feral Beaver population in Tayside and I have been helping co-ordinate a measured response to the issue at a meeting with the new Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson. The issue was also raised at the most recent meeting of th
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    • 14/11/2011 - Kingairloch Estate and Local MSP Discuss Rural Business
      Local MSP Dave Thompson visited Kingairloch Estate on Saturday 12 November to learn more about the positive contribution the estate makes to the local economy and plans for future investment. The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch was given an insight into the multiple use management of the estate, led by owners the Larson fa
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    • 14/11/2011 - Rural Business Leaders Discuss Enterprise Concerns with Minister
      Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing MSP met with Highland members of Scottish Land & Estates in Inverness on Friday 11 November to hear from rural business leaders of some of the barriers they face when developing new enterprises. Mr Ewing listened carefully to concerns raised about lengthy planning delays,
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    • 12/11/2011 - Housing Plan Refused Over Birds
      by David Ross, Highland Correspondent, The Herald. The Cairngorms National Park Authority has refused permission for new homes to be built at Boat of Garten amid concerns about the risk to capercaillie living on the site. The school roll at the village of 600 people has fallen from 34 to 22 as young people leave, unable to get
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    • 09/11/2011 - Argyll & Bute Agricultural Forum, Update November 2011
      www.argyllagriculturalforum.com  Lamb Groups AHL -600 lambs committed to Fortieths this year, 2 new members in Cowal and Coll, attended Fort William trade show.  BBC landward filmed a piece on the group to be aired on 18th November. Islay lamb – brand work now complete, samples with butcher wholesaler. Farm woodland collab
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    • 08/11/2011 - Drivers Put at Risk by Theft of Cattle Grid
      by David Ross Highland Correspondent, The Herald. Traditionally, it is lead on the roof of buildings that thieves target for a quick profit. As metal prices soar, criminals have also been turning their attention to copper piping, with war memorials, churches and ambulance stations all falling victim to a spate of thefts. Now
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    • 07/11/2011 - Old Phone Box in Village Could Save Lives of Heart Attack Victims
      By Christine Lavelle, The Press & Journal. AN OLD phone box has been kitted out with life-saving equipment to treat heart attack victims. The traditional red kiosk in Glendaruel, Argyll, has a defibrillator machine which tells the user how to give treatment with step-by-step instructions. The machine analyses the victim to de
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    • 04/11/2011 - Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 Land Management Training Project
      Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1Land Management Training Project Please respond to Fiona Morris at fionamorris@cairngorms.co.uk I am in the process of putting together a programme of training and awareness raising events for the remainder of 2011 and beyond aimed at land based businesses operating within the Cairngorms Nationa
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    • 04/11/2011 - Proven Turbines May Shortly be Modified
      by Shetland Times. Hope could be on the horizon for the owners of large Proven wind turbines in Shetland which have stood still for seven weeks for safety reasons and face an uncertain future. With Proven Energy driven out of business by the flaw in the P35-2 rotor shaft, the Ayrshire-based renewables company VG Energy has ste
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    • 03/11/2011 - Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century - Lochinver and Cairndow
      Ardkinglas, Ardtornish, Ardvar, Reay Forest, Assynt, Carbeth home farm and Scottish Land & Estates Regional Management were represented at the Centre for Mountains Studies (Perth College UHI) Sustainable Estates for the 21st century feedback workshops in Lochinver and Cairndow on the 2nd and 3rd November. They were joined by var
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    • 06/10/2011 - Scottish Crofting Federation Gathering: Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye 3-4 October
      Members Dr Jean Balfour and Mark Pattinson together with Highland Regional Manager Drew McFarlane-Slack attended the latest SCF Gathering on Skye entitled ‘1886 and all that’, referencing the original Crofting Act. Before the start of the event they were joined at their table by Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson and SC
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    • 28/09/2011 - Solid Wall Insulation Pilot in Orkney
      A pilot scheme offering interest free loans for solid wall insulation will take place in Orkney and Fife later this year. Many homes, particularly those off the gas grid which tend to have higher heating costs, are the so-called 'hard to treat' properties. The pilot will increase the uptake of solid wall insulation while cuttin
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    • 18/08/2011 - Argyll Members Meeting
      Argyll members of Scottish Land & Estates met at Ardkinglas House, 17 August. National and Regional Chairs, Luke Borwick, Gordon Robertson and Daye Tucker joined them for lunch together with members of the Policy Team and Regional Management who provided updates on CAP reform, Regional activities and Member Services. Argyll Fore
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    • 18/08/2011 - Claim over tick bites allowed to go ahead
      A FORESTRY worker who almost died from a tick bite has been allowed to continue an £80,000 damages claim against his bosses.Iain MacEchern, 57, developed lyme disease and was in hospital for months after being bitten, and has been left with significant disabilities, a court heard. He alleged he had not been given enough protect
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    • 17/08/2011 - Warning funding cuts will deepen housing crisis in the Highlands
       The Highlands’ largest housing association warned of a looming crisis yesterday as it can only build 50 new low-cost homes next year, due to funding cuts. More than 11,000 people are currently on the waiting list for council and social housing in the region. Albyn Housing chief executive Calum Macaulay called on the Scotti
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    • 12/08/2011 - Walkers worth £533m to Highland economy
       More than three times the number of tourists come to the Highlands to walk than all those who come to fish, play golf or cycle put together, tourism chiefs have revealed. Walking activities are estimated to be worth £533 million to the Scottish economy and their value is projected to increase – starting with the launch yes
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    • 12/08/2011 - Major success for campaigners as sea eagles raise triplet chicks
      Sea eagle triplets – only the second trio recorded in ScotlandGood things have come in threes this summer for campaigners working to reintroduce Britain’s biggest bird of prey to Scotland’s skies. A pair of white-tailed eagles – also called sea eagles – on the island of Canna have raised triplet chicks for only the se
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    • 13/07/2011 - Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service
      Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Serivce Press Release - 4 May 2011
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    • 11/06/2011 - Eco village 'killed off by millionaire laird'
      Eco village 'killed off by millionaire laird' A BUSINESSWOMAN has abandoned plans to build an eco tourism project in the Highlands following legal action by a millionaire neighbour. Escape Lodge was recently granted planning permission subject to conditions for an eco-lodge to provide 20 guests with "immersion in nature" in re
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    • 13/05/2011 - Highland Members Discussion Event
      45 SRPBA members and guests attended the second Highland Members Meeting at DingwallAuction Mart on Friday 13th May. Highland Committee Chairman Gordon Robertson provided awelcome and introduced the speakers for the afternoon, including SRPBA’s new Senior PolicyOfficer Andrew Midgley, the Centre for Mountain Studies Postgradua
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