300 Farmers of Scotland by Eilidh MacPherson
This fascinating new book profiles the hard-working farmers and crofters of Scotland, including a good number from the north-west Highlands and Islands, including Scott Renwick, who farms Inverbroom with son Farquhar and nephew Gavin MacDonald.
The book is divided into geographical sections, with useful summary statistics for each area including the amount of land under farming or crofting. The workforce statistics include the huge number of working spouses, for farming and crofting is definitely a family affair; while a quick check of the direct labour force in each area shows that this industry is still the backbone of our economy.
The various profiles look at the way the land is used and why, and the relationship between the occupier and the owner if the ground is tenanted. It is clear that farmers have to make constant important decisions in the course of their lives: not just buying and selling livestock but occasionally taking on new areas of land and new breeds at great risk.
The section covering the Highlands and Islands includes crofters and farmers from not only Lochbroom but Durness, Glenshiel, Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, Skye and Muck. This section and the Argyll section give a good idea of how tough a lifestyle crofting and farming in the west has to be.
The author is herself a farmer and a farmer’s wife. Originally from Skye, she now farms in south-west Scotland. She has taken nearly all the photographs in this profusely illustrated book and has captured very well the huge range of characters and landscapes to be found across the country. Many of the photos are of livestock out on the hills and of the sheepdogs so needed to look after them, including a lovely picture of Scott Renwick’s dogs (pictured).
Crofters and farmers come across as tough, dedicated and resourceful people. The book is a good tribute to the crofting and farming way of life.
380 pages, price £25.00, available locally.
for the new 2017/18 telephone directory
Design the Front Cover Competition
Draw a Cartoon for the Back Cover
While we are preparing the new telephone directory we invite everyone to put on their thinking caps and hone their design skills as we are again holding two competitions:
DESIGN THE FRONT COVER of the new telephone directory. This can be a photo, sketch, computer designed, anything at all that has some relevance to Ullapool and the surrounding area. Space needs to be left at the top for the Ullapool News Logo Heading and somewhere the words “Ullapool & District Local Telephone Directory” needs to be incorporated. The design must be A4 portrait size.
Entry is open to all, of any age, and the winner chosen by the Ullapool News Team, will receive a cheque for £100.
DRAW A CARTOON FOR THE BACK COVER of the new telephone directory. This again should have some relevance to the area and again the winner chosen by the team will receive a cheque for £100.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Tuesday 14 February
Designs should be sent to:
2017/18 telephone directory competitions
Ullapool News Office
Ullapool, IV26 2XE
or by email to
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