Summer Activities Programme For Highland Children
Summer Fun Events 2011
The eagerly awaited Highland Council summer activities programme for children in the Highlands is now online for parents, carers and children to make their choices from the wide range of events running throughout July and August.  Organised by the Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service, the summer events programme offers a diverse range of holiday leisure opportunities across the Highlands and is available for viewing at  From Thurso to Ardnamurchan and Portree to Nairn there is something for everyone, from art and wildlife to swimming and trampolining there is an activity to suit every interest.

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Robert Dick Walk - Caithness Horizons, Thurso - Sat 28th May  - Meet 10.00am
Whatever the weather this Saturday, Caithness Horizons in Thurso invites visitors and locals alike to sign up for their ‘Robert Dick Walk’ part of the Caithness & Sutherland Walking Festival programme.
The walk will begin at Caithness Horizons, the new museum and exhibition space in Thurso, Caithness.  After a short introduction to life and work of Robert Dick, nineteenth century baker and self-taught natural historian, it’s down to Thurso seafront, to consider the natural environment that inspired Robert Dick to begin his significant botanical and geological collections.  The walk will follow the Thurso River, pausing to see Robert Dick's house, and hear how his dedication earned him the respect of leading scientists of the day, yet ended in economic ruin.  Finally the walk will move up the tree-lined Mall and across the river to Thurso cemetery, to visit Robert Dick's memorial monument.  Participants can end the walk there, or walk back down the river with the guide to have a closer look at the Robert Dick Collection.
The walk is free, and is likely to take at least two hours.  Most of it is over level ground, although the are stone steps to climb at the end, from the river up to the cemetery.
FREE EVENT - For Information & to book: 01847 896 508 -
Walking Festival
Walking Festival 2011

More Events
Friday 27th May - Piano Recital at Ackergill Tower -
Starts 6.30pm 8 (Dinner optional extra 50 - concert included.
Saturday 28th May  - Ceilidh  7.30pm - 11.30pm Norseman Hotel not as previosly advertised Mackays Hotel
Wednesday 25th May 7.00pm - A Cultural Crossroads -  - A Talk by Celia Macdougall
Norseman Hotel, Wick
Tuesday 24th May 7.00pm  Ender Northern Skies - A talk by Dan Mackay
Wednesday 25th May Wick 8.00pm Pipe Band Conceert - Pipe Band Hall
Friday 27th - Monday 31st May Latheron Art Exhibition - 3
Caithness Wind Turbine Drop-in Sessions Launched
Two drop-in sessions for those interested in developing small-scale or single wind turbine projects in Caithness are being run by Scottish Natural Heritage and charity Community Energy Scotland.  The sessions in Halkirk will see staff on-hand to provide advice on potential impacts on nature and landscapes and the feasibility of individual projects. The events will be held over two days at the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, on Wednesday 25 May and Wednesday 1 June from 11am to 7pm.  

Mary Ann's Cottage Opens For The Summer on 1st June
Mary Ann's Cottage

Mary Ann's opens Wednesday 1 June and will be staying open thereafter for the season until the end of September. Open 2.00 - 4.30 pm daily. Volunteer guides always needed - just come along.

Check Out Laidhay Croft
Laidhay Croft Museum
Another fascinating place to see how life was many years ago just north of Dunbeath.  They are holding their very popular annual auction sale on 28th May at 12.30pm in the Lybster Community Centre.
A Car-sharing Club For Caithness? - -
Caithness Car Club
Pentland Energy Advice is holding a public meeting about its proposed expansion into car clubs.  PEA is keen to gauge the level of public support to put in place a pool of cars for our community. Working with environmental charity, Carplus, it is envisaged that the Caithness Community Car Club would be a not for profit company, providing a pool of cars that would encourage people to give up second and even main cars in favour or a shared car.  Carplus operates the Developing Car Clubs in Scotland programme with funding from Transport Scotland. It aims to reduce Co2 emissions from transport as well as improving access to services. Says - "This Has To Be Worth Looking At" Looking For Scotland's Top Nature Photos

The hunt for Scotland's best nature pictures is on, as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week. The fifth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer; second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod.  This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs from 21 to 29 May. For more information on the week's activities throughout Scotland, see

Caithness Heat and Power To Be Wound Up
The 242 households in Wick which receive their heat and hot water from Caithness Heat and Power (CHaP) have been told that attempts by The Highland Council to find a private operator to take over the district heating system have been unsuccessful and that the Council will now work with residents to reinstate  domestic heating systems in their homes.  In a letter hand delivered to their homes earlier today (Friday), CHaP  Company Secretary, Michelle Morris, Assistant Chief Executive of The Highland Council, advised households that the Council and the directors of CHAP have been striving over a long period to find an operator from the private sector to take over the district heating system.....
Community Heating Scheme In Wick Wound Up - BBC

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Reporter Noel Donaldson's column in the Message Board continues to add more stories about Caithness every day and you can send items to him easily by email.
Latest items include -
Mey 10k
Milestone Celebrations For Pernaldn Ferries
NFU Blueprint Meeting
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Power Link plan For Pentland Firth
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Walking Festival 2011

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