News about and concerning the local area

18 April 2018Bank Closure Event Cancelled. - Update

Please note that the Scottish Goverment has cancelled the "Bank Closure Event" which we posted on 3rd April. THose who expressed an interest have received the following message:


From: Economy, Jobs and Fair Work <economyjobsandfairwork@parliament.scot>
Date: 19 April 2018 at 09:05
Subject: Bank branch closures enquiry - Focus group cancelled

It is with regret that, due to low numbers, the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee focus group on bank closures has been cancelled. The Parliament is still keen to hear your views. The details of the inquiry are available on the Committee's wepage at the following link: 




You can submit any views you have on bank closures to the Committee at the following email address.  Please say that you are getting in touch regarding Fortrose and the Black Isle in your email:





Colleen Quinn

Economy, Jobs and Fairwork Committee

Modern Apprentice

Room T3.40

0131 348 5243 (85243)

13 April 2018Approved minutes for March CC meeting now available

The approved minutes from the March Community Council meeting are now available for download HERE

03 April 2018Scottish Government wants to discuss the impact of Bank closures

We have been contacted by Debra Gourlay on behalf of the Scottish Government who wish to discuss with around twenty people, local residents and business persons, about the affect of the recent closure of the Bank of Scotland branch in Fortrose. the meeting wil be on 20th April between 1230 and 1430 at a venue to be confirmed. Attendance will be by invitation only but if you would like to contibute and wish to be considered for an invitation please let us know as soon as possible via email to fortroseandrosemarkie@gmail.com . The full text of the email received may be seen HERE.

The website of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Works Committe is available HERE

16 March 2018Beach Clean 2018

Our annual beach clean is onSaturday 24th March starting at 0930 at the Rosemarkie Beach Cafe. Equipment and bags wil be provided but a pair of working gloves might be helpful and please dress for the possible weather. Always and enjoyable activity so bring a friend and help the Community. See you there.....

15 March 2018Minutes from February Meeting of FRCC

Approved minutes of the February meeting of the Community Council are available by clicking the link below:


FRCC Minutes February 2018

10 March 2018Update on the Dolphin Shuttle

To make the Dolphin Shuttle service more accessible for visitors arriving by bus from Inverness, we’ve asked that the bus stop by the church be included in the timetable.  This has now been agreed.  The revised timetable is attached. 

The fares for this service are as follows:

Rosemarkie or Fortrose to Chanonry Point

Adult Single - £1.50

Child single - £0.75

Adult Return - £2.50

Child return - £1.25


There will also be a family ticket available (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Single - £4.00

Return - £7.00

08 March 2018Update to Black Isle Men's Shed Programme

The programme for the Black Isle Men's Shed has been updated as follows:

It looks to be a very interesiting programme............

06 March 2018Fortrose High Street closed overnight 8-9th March


Emergency Night closure of A832 High Street Fortrose 8th-9th March

We have received notice from the HIghland Council that Fortrose High Street will be closed over the night of 8-9th March, starting at 1930hrs, for Scottish Water to repair a collapsed manhole. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

02 March 2018Highland Council Policy on Grass Cutting

The Highland Council has written to all Community Councils outlining their poilcy of the cutting on grass in community spaces. The letter may be downloaded by clicking HERE

26 February 2018Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Guidance

The Highland Council is currently running a consultation regarding changes to the system by which Developers contribute towards infrastructure. The consultation closes on 9th March. The consultation documnet may be viewed HERE.

FRCC have responded to the consultation indicating that we believe that the proposals are open to abuse, will create unnecessary work for Council Officials and are no targetted to local needs. The text of our response may be downloaded by clicking  HERE.


26 February 2018Shuttle bus service to Chanonry Point

All change at Chanonry Point for 2018

With serious traffic issues at Chanonry Point over the past 2 tourist seasons; not only the stress for residents, reputational damage to the golf club but also emergency access change for 2018 was unavoidable.  The Community Council Chairperson, in her role as Chair of the Chanonry Stakeholder Group invited D & E buses to consider running a Shuttle during the high season (July/August.)  They came back with a better proposal – to trial a Shuttle Bus this year from Easter until the end of August.  In addition to better management of traffic we are keen to see local businesses seeing more of a ‘dolphin dividend’.  Bringing people back to the villages from Chanonry Point should help there too.  D & E are taking 100% of the commercial risk on this venture.  Expect to see the Dolphin Shuttle in a few weeks!  Follow the link to the timetable. Pricing to follow. 

Other D&E Timetables may be viewed at http://www.decoaches.co.uk/timetables-2/

23 February 2018Town Hall Meeting - Minutes

The Minutes of the meeting held on 1st February to discuss the possibility or otherwise of Fortrose Town Hall becoming a community run asset may now be downloaded by clicking HERE

20 February 2018Newsletter from Black Isle Paths Group


A very interesting first newsletter from the newly formed Black Isle Paths group may be downloded by clicking HERE

16 February 2018Adopted minutes from December CC meeting now available

The minutes from the December Community Coincil meting were adopted at this week's meeting and are available HERE

12 February 2018Black Isle Men's Shed announces dates

"A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.

A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction.

A place of leisure where men come together to work."

There are now some 430 Men's Sheds in the UK with over 10,000 members and a group of like-minded men from the Black Isle have now come together to form the Black Isle Men's Shed.




07 February 2018Help wanted from Australia to trace ancestors


We have received the following request from John Macrow: john.macrow@icloud.com

Can anyone help?


In my role as Family Historian have discovered a Great Grandfather was Rev. Colin Mackenzie b1707 d1801. 1st Glack Estate Aberdeenshire and chaplain of the initial 1778 Macleod Highlanders. Have identified a family photo as his 2nd youngest of 8 daughters Betty Mackenzie who married Dingwall Baille Postmaster Patrick 'Peter' Hay so now looking for images of Colin. His lineage may also have a few portraits from what I see you have in Fortrose Hall.

Warm regards from Sunny Melbourne where the Fairbairn family immigrated to way back in 1853 leaving Stornoway.

John Macrow

06 February 2018Consultaion on Changes to Stagecoach bus services

Please see below the email sent to Craig Fraser (Highland Councillor) from Stagecoach. Anyone is free to reply to the consultation.


From: Kim Masson [mailto:kim.masson@stagecoachbus.com
Sent: 05 February 2018 17:31
To: Kirsten McIntosh; Caitlin Anderson
Subject: Highlands Timetable Consultation



Please see below link to our timetable consultation for Inverness and the Black Isle which is open to the public for feedback until Sunday 18th February. All feedback should be sent to nscotmarketing@stagecoachbus.com 

This page is available through the homepage of our website on both the carousel banner and in the service update section. We will also be circulating using social media and our mailing list, however any assistance you can provide in sharing the details would be hugely appreciated to allow us to reach as many people as possible in this consultation. 

Should you require any further information please just let me know. I'm out of the office for the next couple of days but will be available on email and my mobile - 07825 937205. 



Kim Masson 
Marketing Manager 
Stagecoach North Scotland 

Tel: 01224 597561 
Mob: 07825 937205

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