Eight Options for Nairn Bypass

November 12, 2013 · Filed Under Moray, Nairn, Roads, Transport · 1 Comment 

The BBC reported today that Transport Scotland have put to consultation the (eventual) planned upgrade to the A96, and Nairn Bypass appears in the plans. Transport Scotland have included a number of documents online here. One of the surprises is that there are no less than 8 different bypass options for Nairn. Certainly it’s a […]

Knights Templar in Nairn

April 10, 2013 · Filed Under History, Nairn · 6 Comments 

I figure most people are aware of the masonic graveyard for the Thanes of Cawdor, but found an interesting piece on Wikipedia today that mentioned about land ownership by the Knights Templar in Nairnshire: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Templar_in_Scotland The Knights Templar had considerable possessions in the County of Nairn, or Moray, in 1296. The following extract is taken […]

Inverness curfew over

November 7, 2012 · Filed Under Business · Comments Off 

Finally, the curfew is over: Highland nightclub curfew to be abolished. Whatever the curfew’s aims, the practical result was always people moving to the later opening venues before midnight, and those who didn’t make it in time, left separated from friends, making for a poor experience. Glad to see it finally removed in time for […]

Access blocked to Culbin?

October 10, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Nature, Politics, Roads · 10 Comments 

Someone’s made an effort to put up a “Private Road: No vehicle access” sign at Kingsteps, on the small road that leads to the Culbin car park. The surprise is that anyone is claiming the right to block access to a site served by the Forestry Commission and Highland Council. Perhaps if whoever put it […]

No smoke without fire

October 10, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn · 1 Comment 

A thick plume of smoke rises up behind the town in the late afternoon, as one of the farms just south of Nairn burns rubbish.

Aurora over Nairn

October 9, 2012 · Filed Under Nairn, Weather · 2 Comments 

Last night saw the Northern Lights visible to the north of Nairn, with the beach providing a decent backdrop to watch them. The light show was somewhat weak, however, with the aurora visible mostly as a slight green mist, though watching it for a while I did see a slight curtain effect develop at one […]

Gothic clothing on the High Street

September 26, 2012 · Filed Under Business, Inverness, Moray, Nairn · Comments Off 

Alternative X began as a way to bring regular rock nights to the area (specifically Inverness and Elgin). However, the idea was always to connect it with a gothic clothing shop of some kind. I’ve now launched it: Gothic clothing from Alternative X I’m not ready to take the financial risk of an actual shop […]

Dolphins off Nairn beach

August 10, 2012 · Filed Under Moray, Nairn, Nature · Comments Off 

This week the weather has been warm and mostly sunny, making for pleasant walks with the dog along the central and east beach. What has been especially nice is that the dolphins have been regularly visible this week, especially on the afternoon high tides. I’m not sure how common it is, but in the six […]

The passing of local blogs

August 2, 2012 · Filed Under Internet, Moray · Comments Off 

I’ve noticed a few local blogs I’d followed disappearing over recent months, which has been a shame. – Caravan 109 was always a pleasant read, but alas no longer exists, and the arhive.org record only starts from the beginning of 2011: Caravan 109 on archive.org – Newsbleat’s “Wild and woolly opinion from the Scottish Highlands” […]

Dolphin numbers on the increase

July 26, 2012 · Filed Under Nature · 2 Comments 

The BBC reports that the dolphin population is doing well, with 20 individuals (including 7 calves) recorded so far this year: Charlie Phillips, of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), has been monitoring numbers for years. He said the animals were likely to be following a good run of salmon. Mr Phillips said: “I […]

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