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June 30, 2014

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Mike Vickers

In a similar vein of ‘Places’
Belfast - You could have added that should Scotland say No then the UK will change even more.
There is no way that the Westminster Government can go back on all their promises for Scotland.
And there’s no way that Northern Ireland and Wales will accept no change in their constitutional arrangements.
Incidentally – well not incidentally but majorly – why does it not make sense for a United Ireland. As you say the two parts of Ireland are working well together already. Does it all come down to the ex-Scottish Contingent in the North?

Knoydart - We went there last week – went on a great ranger walk – and met again the tireless Davie Newton who took us thought the forest being restored and replanted. A key point to me was that – it’s a revived / new community - The Knoydart Foundation – but it’s still the same geography. People making a living by fishing, stalking – not so much for the money but the sheer need to keep the numbers of red deer down, forestry – new planting. Yes there is tourism and a frequent boat service. I hope you went there on The Western Isles – lovely sea going boat – newly refurbished wood interior and a very proud skipper.

Durness with its fantastic sand dunes and Sandwood bay – not quite the deserted beach of all the guide books – surfers making the best of the waves – the path to it has been totally renewed under John Muir sponsorship. We passed a group heading to the beach fully kitted for a night’s stay to witness the sun set on longest day of the year.

Gigha with its music festival - the village hall could not take any more. A highlight to me was Mary Ann Kennedy with a whole range of Gaelic songs and stories ably guitar, flute and bagpipes. But the other highlight was the number of children and young people – some had come with tents from the main land but a lot were locals.

Yes the West Coast of Scotland has changed already. Now to take the message to the rest.

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