It’s been a tough year, so we’re delighted to be back in print and in the shops again with Avoch musician Rodaidh Mackay on the cover of our Autumn edition. In it he tells us about the epic journey he makes to visit his new Chinese in-laws.

Back home, Covid-19 may have ruined plans for Avoch and Killen’s open gardens day but it still went ahead – online. We find out how it happened.

Restoration work is making Cromarty’s historic harbour fit for a new century. Harbour Trust member Pat Haynes describes the work so far and what comes next.

Also active have been members of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board who’ve been surveying the fishy populations of Rosemarkie and Avoch burns. Sandy Mitchell tells us more.

Lockdown has inspired Culbokie’s talented needleworkers to create a permanent reminder of the current strange times. Angela Morris of the village’s Community Trust reveals all about the Lockdown Quilt taking shape there.

Groam House in Rosemarkie is open again – although you’ll have to book ahead. Jean Hogben unveils the latest exhibition and explains how the museum will take part in a virtual Scottish Storytelling Festival.

Black Isle Cares celebrated its fifth birthday earlier this year. Jenye Monckton looks back at its successes and forward to a busy future.

The Orient sparked a Munlochy composer’s latest CD. Hilary de Vries tells us about Blossom After Rain – a collection of harp music inspired by poetry set in Japan.

Even further from home, Jean Henderson of Udale introduces us to Moollie the Moon Monkey – although he does splash down in the Black Isle!

If he needs to find his way around he can’t do better than consult the updated Transition Black Isle Active Travel Map. Julian Paren tells us what’s new.

Stay safe, and all being well our Winter edition will be out in December.

Russell Turner


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