Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Tuesday 28 July

A bright, sunny but windy day - haven't seen a force 5 for some time.

Up here in the Hebrides, there are concerns over a population decline in some of the more remote areas. The island of Scalpay, off Harris, has a population of about 200, but none of them are aged below 7. Following the closure of a fish processing factory there a few years ago, there are no prospects of new employment - and thereby new families arriving. A similar problem caused a terminal decline in population on St Kilda, which was evacuated 79 years ago, in August 1930. Read more here.

The dates have been announced for the switch-over to digital television in Scotland. The Western Isles will transition in July 2010.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely picture, G. I have so enjoyed catching up on your journal and seeing the beauty that is the northern highlands... your world.

    be well...

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  2. Very interesting stories about the decline in population. We could use a little depopulation in our state. I think it would be great to live in such an unpopulated area, it would be appealing to me.

    I hope your switch to DTV goes better than it did here.

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