Thursday, 20 May 2010

Ullapool and Garve local business’s

Below is a wee list of the local companies and business’s here in the west of Scotland

IHS sustainable energy solutions                  www.invisibleheating.co.uk
Moving home                                                www.scottish-removals.co.uk
Aerial and satellite                                       www.cmaerials.com
Leggat & Co accountants                              www.leggo.co.uk
Chimney specialists                                       www.thegrateistflame.co.uk
The Aroma cafe                                             www.aromasciences.com
Wild bird food                                               www.wildbirdfoodscotland.co.uk
Mobile marine service                                   www.handimarine.co.uk
Summer isles smoke house                            www.summerisles.co.uk
The Achiltibuie Garden                                 www.thehydroponicum.com
Ewen’s private hire  coach and taxi             www.ewensofullapool.co.uk
Visit Scotland sustainable tourism                www.scotland-sustainable.com
Ullapool                                                        www.ullapool.com
Creative and active courses                         www.summer-isles.com
The Ceilidh Place                                         www.theceilidhplace.com
The Macphail Theatre                                  www.thebooth.co.uk
Salsa                                                             www.westerrosssalsa.org
Ullapool Museum                                          www.ullapoolmuseum.co.uk
Kishorn Seafood Bar                                     www.kishornseafoodbar.co.uk
Ledgowan Lodge Hotel                                 www.ledgowanlodge.couk
Joinery specialists                                        www.mcmjoinery.co.uk
Scottish fuels                                                www.scottishfuels.co.uk
G.G Mackenzie contractors                          www.ggmackenzie.com
Laura’s Kitchen                                             www.laurascottagekitchen.com
Strathpeffer Pavilion                                    www.strathpefferpavilion.org
Customised Home and office                        www.customisedhomeandoffice.co.uk
Garve and Achnasheen paper                       www.achnasheenandgarve.com
           

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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