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

The cover star of our Autumn edition is Terry Williams of Rosemarkie, whose book Walking with Cattle hits the bookshops in September. We find out about her love of the old roads and what led her to spend years talking to the last drovers of Uist.

Another author in the spotlight is Margaret Scott, whose return to Jemimaville in 2015 inspired a series of children's books about her pet Jimmy, who travelled with her from the USA, and led to a new pet therapy service.

In Fortrose and Rosemarkie we take a look around the Open Gardens, which welcomed visitors in June, following the trail blazed by similar events in Avoch and Cromarty.

In Poyntzfield we talk with medical herbalist Annette Greenfield, who loved the Black Isle so much after visiting friends there that she brought her business north from the Central Belt.

When training involves catching the train to Aviemore and walking home to Avoch, those involved have to be determined. We meet Avoch hairdresser Brenda May and her daughter, Jenni, who completed the 50-mile Trail of the Seven Lochs for charity.

Congratulations are also due to Culbokie Community Trust for securing Ian Rankin as the star attraction at its fundraising evening in August. With initiative like this it won’t be long before the Glascairn development rises from the field next to the Spar.

Another initiative we highlight is Munlochy’s Men’s Shed, which aims to combat loneliness with talks, discussions and – when everything is in place – a few power tools.

Looking back, we learn about the religious upheaval in Fortrose following the introduction of a new prayer book, we look around the Avoch house that's been lived in continuously since the 1600s, and we meet the Newfoundland lumberjacks who came to the Black Isle during World War II.

If it's entertainment you're after, we preview the music being brought to the Black Isle by Blas and find out what's new from Cromarty Arts Trust.

And there's even more in another packed edition. Buy your copy now.

Russell Turner, Editor

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