Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change Conference

On 18 August 2021 we held our free, virtual conference, Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change, to celebrate the end of our five years of National Heritage Lottery Funding. There were 24 presentations from partners and funders, sharing their learnings and the outcomes of their projects. Over 200 people from all over the UK and beyond registered for the event,

The Making of a Children’s Book

Celebrating the landscape and nature of Coigach and Assynt By Jenny Grant, local author and artist of ‘Between Mountain and Sea – A Dog’s Adventure in Coigach & Assynt’ Quite a lot of my book making process involves procrastination, but much of this procrastination is in the form of walking, and this turned into substance for my new book, ‘Between

Wild fires in the Highlands – more of a problem than you think

There is something relaxing about sitting around a camp fire.  It does create a feeling of well being, sitting there chatting with friends and family and focussing on the flickering flames between you. For many who have been cooped up indoors for several months, the thought of getting into the great outdoors and being able to do something as basic

Our Living Landscape – Six weeks to go!

We are now in the final six weeks before our virtual conference ‘Our Living Landscape: Communities Leading Change’ on the 18th August. For those of you who haven’t visited, here is a little information on the scheme: “Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape (CALL) is based in the far north west of Scotland and covers the largest area of any such

Getting a feel for the place

An artist who creates textiles to explore the ‘fabric’ of a place has just been appointed as Artist in Residence for a Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership project. Clara Elliot is a Scotland-based artist whose work aims to reflect the relationship between landscapes, people and ecology. With a background in art history and landscape architecture, her work takes an

Glen Canisp nature trail repairs complete

  The summit of Suilven dominates the peaks of Coigach and Assynt.  Whether it is the camel back profile spied from Stac Pollaidh or Elphin, or the bald pate rising over Lochinver, Suilven is one of Scotland’s most distinctive mountains.  However for me the most picturesque view of Suilven is from Glencanisp itself. Recently I had the chance to sit

OWL is on the wing again!

The Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) team are back delivering sessions with the local schools! Hurray! Today one of the groups were learning and imitating the calls of the local woodland song birds, when they discovered an ant nest which caused much curiosity and excitement. You never quite know how a session is going to unfold moment to moment, which

Creating a Sense of Place

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, it will soon be easier to discover and share what makes this part of the world so special, thanks to a suite of new resources currently being developed by North West Highlands Geopark through the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape. The project includes an app that will guide tourists around some of the

Builders overcome tough challenges to upgrade Isle Martin Croft

Isle Martin Croft has been given a substantial upgrade, in part thanks to the local firm of builders who tackled the hefty challenges of working on a tiny island with no roads in order to make the improvements. The Croft has been mainly unoccupied for thirty years and suffered from damp and neglect. However after careful consideration Isle Martin Trust,

Postie’s Path upgrades make path better for walkers

by Michelle Henley, Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserves Project Officer A centuries-old route across the remote hills of Coigach, once used by the hardiest of postmen, was recently given a major upgrade to make it safer for all kinds of walkers for many years to come. The Postman’s path is a popular route which skirts the coastline around the Scottish Wildlife

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