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Black Isle Directory



Russell Turner, Editor


Avoch guitar hero Rodaidh Mackay is the cover star of our Winter edition. Inside, you can find out all about his band's new EP, an appearance at Belladrum and his hopes for the future.

Still on a musical theme, we meet the fiddle player from the other side of the world who wrote and recorded a tribute to the Black Isle stalwart he met while on holiday; we learn how to have fun with the Fèis in Fortrose; and we get a close look at the Black Isle banners that will go on show in Glasgow during Celtic Connections in January and February.

Black Isle authors have been busy, and we feature four of them: Kerri Anderson from Munlochy, Freda Bassindale from Rosemarkie, and David Plested and Stuart Edmond, both from Fortrose.

Other people in the latest edition include retired Newhall doctor Colin Fettes, who's now busy on international duty with Scottish football teams; Lauren Wilson, the woman behind Highland Dogblog; Peg Mackay, who's retired from Avoch's Scotmid after 20 years behind the counter; and Isla Grist, who thanks Chatterbox readers for the generous donations that helped buy her a specially adapted tricycle.

In Fortrose, we meet the Fair Trader helping the people of Africa and Asia, go behind the scenes at the library, and meet the man who's taken charge of the village garage.

Avoch's first Icebreaker Regatta took place in November. We were there. We also join the crew of the Chanonry Maid for news of Fortrose Community Rowing.

Culbokie is looking to the future following the purchase of land at Glascairn, but at the community trust's AGM it also looked back when Dr Jim Mackay took villagers on A Trip Through Time.

Cromarty's Sutor Creek Cafe is celebrating a place in the 2016 Michelin Guide – and we've got a coupon for a half-price deal on pizzas there during December.

All this – and more – for only £1.50. Don't miss your copy!

Russell Turner, Editor

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