Archive for March, 2012

Neolithic Cairn Network Identified at Shebster


Two topics guaranteed to raise passions in Caithness are windfarms and the decommissioning of Dounreay. Now a developer for the former has identified a potential source of income when the latter is realized.

The John o’Groat Journal reports on surveys of the existing Cnoc Freiceadain long cairn site at Shebster which were commissioned by Baillie Wind Farms of which Westfield farmers Tom and Steve Pottintger are co-owners. An additional cluster of Bronze Age to Early Iron Age cairns has been identified.

The sense of complacency allowed by five decades of easy employment from the nuclear establishments has meant that other areas of the local economy are woefully under-developed, unlike nearby Orkney which has been pursuing the tourist and other paths for decades. The Groat quotes the Pottingers as saying plans are afoot to develop an interactive tourist centre around the cairns which would be separate from the planned windfarm sites, and for five figure sums or more to be donated to local community funds.

(Illustrated aerial photograph of Cnoc Freiceadain copyright Hamish Fenton.)

False Economy in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Tug Service


Following the anouncement of the Comprehensive Spending Review in late 2010, I wrote about the plans to scale-back the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s emergency tug service.  This was to include the Anglian Prince, which only just had been involved in the emergency operations following the grounding of the HMS Astute and MV Red Duchess.  She now has been sold, and as of today only one coastguard tug remains: the Anglian Sovereign which covers the Orkney and Shetland area.

From midnight today, she too will be gone… days after being summoned to Uist to escort the MV Flinterspirit which had ran aground.

Possibly Blogging Again


I lost touch with this blog after gained a log-in at Harry’s Place. Today I logged-in again, cleaned-out the couple of hundred spam ads for gambling sites and willy extensions.

I plan to stick around and put-up pieces about the Far North of Scotland again.