Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross

 

Every MP likes to say their constituency is the most beautiful, but Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross knocks every one else out the ball park. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in the country.

The constituency was created in 1997 by merging Caithness and Sutherland with an area from Ross, Cromarty and Skye which was then abolished. In 2005 the Westminster constituency was enlarged slightly, to include a small area from Ross, Skye and Inverness West. The rest of the latter was divided between two new constituencies, Ross, Skye and Lochaber and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

It just so happens that I represent the second-largest constituency by area, behind Ross, Skye and Lochaber. That means I have to a lot of driving between surgeries - it's on those drives that I get to appreciate the natural beauty of what we call home.

Caithness

The county contains a number of lochs and provides a stronghold for many once common breeding species that have undergone serious declines elsewhere, such as waders, water voles, and flocks of over-wintering birds. In 2014 11,400 hectares (114 km2) of the eastern coastline of Caithness between Helmsdale and Wick was declared a Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area under the title East Caithness Cliffs. The cliffs are also designated as both a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation.

We have a lot of prehistorical treasures in this corner of the world - if you're interested to read more, definitely check out my friends at the Caithness Broch Project!

In way of Transport, we have the Far North railway line, ferry ports at Scrabster, Gills Bay, and John o'Groats. We also have an airport in Wick, which I am in the midst of trying to get the Scottish Government to protect with a Public Service Obligation. 

Sutherland

Much of the population is in coastal towns, such as Helmsdale and Lochinver, which until very recently made much of their living from the rich fishing of the waters around the British Isles

I'm currently part of a local effort to see a spaceport constructed in Sutherland to bring high skilled job opportunities to the area. You can read more about that on my campaign page! 

Easter Ross 

Easter Ross offers unparalleled views across the waters to Aberdeenshire, which can be seen from the shores of Portmahomack, Milton and Cadboll.  It's home to THREE whisky distilleries - need I say more? - and hosts the larger communities of Alness, Invergordon and Tain. 

Tain, as it happens, is the place I grew up; where I brought my family up; and where I continue to live now. You might just see me around and about!

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