You know those ads on television for the Northern Isles, with a ferry plying the waves with a backdrop of imposing cliffs as puffins cartwheel overhead? As a sign of the effort – or lack thereof – made by Caithness business and community groups to promote the tourist and other domestic industries, it never is apparent that those ferries are likely to have departed from a Caithness terminus (if any income has been generated for Caithness locations, and visitors not simply opted for a flight).
There has been a dearth of such interest in Caithness and Sutherland. In my return to regular blogging (last post, a scant two months ago), I wrote about a relative exception: the projected development at a neolithic cairn site in Shebster.
It has not been only local apathy. Since regionalization in the mid-90s, small communities in the Highlands area have been lumped in with the heaving metropolis of Inverness; and understandably had their voices drowned-out.
After the local council elections and ejection of the unruly gaggle Independent-led Administration in Inverness, the John o’Groat Journal is reporting on a change to local governance which should make such development easier: the return of area committess, starting with those in Caithness and Sutherland.