Letter to the Mail

nhwWe wrote a book “Creating the North Highland Way

Available from Lulu on the Dunnet Head web site.


The  author climbed Kilimanjaro and was on the Army walking team, so she knows what she is talking about when it comes to walking.


 “Dear Annie,

I am a Belfast based journalist working on environmental problems in the north of Scotland, having lived at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland for many years.  The proposed rocket is not the only  project which could end in environmental disaster for Scotland. They have both been put forward by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

I wonder if you would be interested in printing this letter as a starting point, and commissioning me to write further articles about the situation in Scotland, political and environmental.

 Dear Sirs,


I refer to your article in the Mail on Saturday 3rd November regarding the proposed rocket for Sutherland.  This is just another ludicrous scheme put forward by Highlands and Islands Enterprise whose employees are singularly unqualified to make such decisions. I wonder, have they asked themselves about the supply chain to such a major project and how they will get mountains of equipment to such a remote spot?  There are many single track roads in the area, many of which have been ruined by the extra traffic due to the NC500, increasing the Highland Council’s road maintenance budget which is already overstretched.   Are they following EU Directives on Sustainable Tourism and Climate Change? One doubts if they even know what they are.  Have they indeed done a feasibility study?  They didn’t apply the said Directives when they developed the NC500.  Where exactly are all those caravans and motor homes dumping their waste?


I urge the Mail to act quickly to campaign to get this project stopped, as well as the pending environmental disaster which is unfolding in the precious Peatlands, supported by no less than the RSPB.


I hope you can help.


Yours faithfully,”


Link to rocket story





Published by Wild about Spanish, History and the Environment

Freelance writer and Spanish tutor working in Ireland and Scotland. BSc in Computing and Spanish, Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Economics, Policy and Risk, Diploma in Journalism. With 16 years experience in Scotland, we are well placed to assist with tourism development.

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