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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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The Highlands mourn the passing of one of its own.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ewan Cameron Ormiston sadly passed away peacefully in Raigmore Hospital Inverness on Friday the 29th August 2014 after a short illness. A fit and active man all of his life he was still shifting ponies and going about his daily rounds only a few weeks before he died.
Born in Banchor Farmhouse Newtonmore on the 7th April 1929, he claimed his prowess at shinty came about because his mother walked him through the goalposts on the Eilan shinty pitch the night before he was born. After some time in Newtonmore school he then went on to be educated at Gordonstoun, something few people would have ever realised.

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Superfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The project, to create a high performance computing (HPC) network, involves Fujitsu, Highland Council and business group Energy North.
A hub in the Highlands will be linked up to computer clusters in other parts of the UK and the rest of the world.

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Meeting the Minister

Monday, 4 August 2014

Further to his encouraging words in relation to the Value of Shooting at the Highland Field Sports Fair, Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, took time to discuss the Scottish Countryside Alliance initiative Routes to Rural Employment with Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie Stewart. 

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Gamekeeper honoured with national award

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A PEEBLESSHIRE gamekeeper has been hailed a rural hero by the TV gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh. Alex Hogg, 56, head keeper on Portmore Estate in Eddleston, has won the National Gamekeepers Organisation’s Bellamy Award.

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Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

Monday, 28 July 2014

Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.Read more at:

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New £48.5 million school campus for Wick

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Construction starts on new school.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus.

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Scottish Government adds £2.5m to Community Broadband Scotland scheme

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Scottish Government has added a further £2.5 million in funding support to help deliver broadband to the remotest areas of Scotland.

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