Trail Tales || Cleaning Windows

We were not short on warmth this week – as the sun blazed and (most) voters smiled! But the warmest reception of all was at a home on Skye.

Within seconds of knocking, the door was flung open and our SNP activist was welcomed inside. But before he could introduce himself, he was ushered through to the living room.

“You can make a start cleaning these windows and I’ll show you the other ones later.”

Our SNP activist apologetically informed the gentleman that he was here on behalf of the SNP, not a window cleaning company.

This week, we’ve had teams knocking on doors in Broadford, Dunvegan, Portree, Fort Augustus and Invergarry. 

And that’s despite a delayed start because I had a snow-related puncture on the A890.

On Tuesday, I left Dingwall in the wee hours to get to Skye. From Achnasheen, we crawled through blizzard conditions at 30mph. On the stretch of singletrack road, I pulled into a passing place and hit the breaks to let a driver past.

Ten minutes later at Stromeferry, we had a flat tyre.

It must have been the only spot with mobile connectivity, and within an hour Lochcarron Garage had come to our aid.

Talking of cars...we did a test drive of our new car stickers. If you fancy one, please let me know.

Tuesday was a great day for three of Skye’s primary schools, under threat from closure. Sheriff James Tierney dismissed the Council’s appeal to close primaries in Edinbane, Knockbreck and Struan. You can read more here.

It is great news for parents and children alike – and I do hope that a brand new community school is still built. 

This process says something about the SNP Government’s concern with local voices.

The Government has listened to the local communities in Skye. 

The Scottish Government first called in the Council’s plans to close the schools last summer. Read more here.

I’m not sure you can beat Scotland’s peaks in the sunshine. We put up with the rain, for those few glorious days.

On Thursday, I drove from Skye to Fort William.

Headline news on the radio was the Highland Council administration had accepted all of the SNP’s amendments to the budget. 

You can read more here.

The administration had originally wanted to cut funding for the Blas Music Festival, deprived areas, street cleaning, homeless groups, women’s aids groups. But the SNP’s proposals will mean that vulnerable groups are not hit by any funding cuts. 

On Friday morning, I donned an orange boiler suit and hardhat to check out some of the improvement works on the A82.

Roads are the one of the most frequent issues raised on the doorsteps, and so off I went to find out what was going on.

There’s a lot to do.

And I’m utterly committed to attracting investment in the A82 and A87.

In fact, I think it is one of the single most important issues for those of us in the West Highlands.

Sadly, I couldn't keep the boiler suit on to knock on doors in Fort Augustus. 

On Saturday, we finished off in Invergarry. We even squeezed in a wee visit to Glengarry Shinty Club where the boys were training for next week’s first match. 

And so another week has come and gone – and we’ve only got 65 days left! 

We can pound the pavements and set up stalls. But we need a wee helping hand to fund leaflets, posters and banners. So, this week, can you help us?

All of our funding comes from you, members, supporters and well-wishers.

You can donate a few pounds here and help us win.

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