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Monorail Plans Come To A Grinding Halt

We knew it was all too good to be true.

We're within short driving distance of the Highlands as well as the lovely Wester Ross, so our guest houses and B & Bs are often packed to the rafters during high season. This brings some good footfall to our local pub and village shop, which have wonderfully profitable summers.

gairlochFor years, the 700 or so inhabitants of our village subsisted off the money brought in by the tourist trade. Our children were fed and clothed, and we had enough leisure time for a hoe-down every Friday night in Jim's barn. Our quaint little village might not be a 5-Star attraction unto itself, but we can still be proud of it. 

This was before the internet, before the proliferation of global knowledge and celebrity culture. Once the entire village was wired up to Broadband and Digital Television, we started to see our community in a different light. We weren't the happy townsfolk of Scotland that we used to be. Our collective Facebook profiles and Twitter feeds amounted to an online presence that we knew was not 'cool' or 'hip' in the slightest. When we posted on our Instagram accounts, we were vilified for our traditional dancing garb and un-manicured nails. We wore no brands, and our selfies were literal self-portraits. The people of the internet, hence the world, condemned our abandonment of filters and were disgusted by our realistic images. [caption id="attachment_77" align="aligncenter" width="300"]tim Oh Tim, you ruined us.[/caption] We weren't satisfied. Now being slaves to the capitalist system, we wanted more money. More and more cash in our back pockets - which we could use to buy exorbitant flat screen TVs that don't even fit in our lovely cottages. Money which could buy us Ivy Park tank tops and Beckham Perfume. Once we had our things, we could post our new purchases online and then - then we would be loved. [caption id="attachment_89" align="aligncenter" width="300"]beyonce She's wonderful, so many followers.[/caption] But it didn't work. We needed more money, more approval, more fame. So we were seduced by the Monorail man. [caption id="attachment_86" align="alignright" width="250"]lyle Look - his suit is red, his skin is yellow.[/caption] We'd all seen the Simpsons episode. But we thought: "This man's not yellow. His striped suit is white and blue, not white and red.' Duped - all of us. Our money, cash, rammed into a leather suitcase and strapped to the top of a taxi; on its way to another town desperate enough to believe in a dream. All we have to show for our efforts is a bunch of GIF files, created by a lovely graphic designer from London and a dormant Facebook Group Page that is being trolled by our neighbouring Auchtercairn. Serves us right for abandoning the old ways.

Sometimes, the old ways are the best.

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Building Gairloch’s Future (Guest Blogger Charlie Handsomstick)

(Charlie Handsomestick is CEO of Island Futures Corporate Global Industries) I want to tell you about my vision. I see a booming economic hub. I see a varied and happy community. I see top standard schools, schools and a University. I see entertainment and culinary fascination. I see a yearly festival. I see boat loads of tourists who all want to stay. I see tall buildings and maybe even a very tall building and also, wait for it, maybe a monorail! Or a tram! Or something! Ok, ok, ok. I get it! Monorails have a bad rap. People hear the word 'monorail' and they say 'noooo, you're not seriously getting a monorail are you? Like that Simpsons episode? Oh come on! You must be idiots!' and then you might say that a man came to your town in a nice suit and told you it would be a great idea and they'll say 'Oh my god! You cannot be seriously serious!  That is sooooooooooo like the guy from the Simpsons and that guy scams the town and has scammed loads of other towns. He's going to scam you! And even if it seems he's not it would just be so embarrassing if you bought a monorail from a man in a suit you haven't met before because everyone would be like 'HAVEN'T YOU EVEN SEEN THE EPISODE OF THE SIMPSONS JESUS YOU TOTAL LOSERS!'' Well, you can tell them: 'Shut up. gaitr   Recently I re-did my kitchen, and you know where you start when you are re-doing a kitchen? You start with the floor. So you make a choice, is it wooden kitchen flooring? Is it kitchen laminate flooring? Is it tiles? Well, that is a question you've got to answer for yourself. The point though is all big changes start with small decisions. New Kitchen Project starts with a decision about the floor. Project New Gairloch starts with a little decision about whether to trust me. And then quite quickly another some what bigger decision about whether to buy my monorail.... Read More
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Accommodation on Gairloch

What was the most amazing day of your life? I don't mean some wedding day or some day of personal achievement. When you got a promotion or an award or graduated from some institution or another or something like that. I mean a day that was just clearly amazing. We all get married and graduate and all that stuff. But have you hitchhiked through the mountains all day and had to walk the last 5 miles of your journey only to have to get drunk and sleep in a cellar at the end of it? That's not something everyone has done. And it's something that is amazing. It's hard to credit it ever really happening. It was a day where all of life descended on you in its crazy magical glory. That's something to remember. That's a story to tell. The-Mystery   Have you got yours? I'd love to hear about it. I wanna know where you slept on that night. Where did your day end? These great days can't just end with just going home and getting into your same old bed or anything like that. It needs to mean something. It needs to hold some importance. Mine ended in a beautiful log cabin right here on Gairloch. I've always been a big fan of log cabins, I like the sense of frontiersmen-ship. Log cabins also have a particular value for me as a Scotsman. There are many log cabins in Scotland but none of them really compare to those that sit on the swept furs of Gairloch. loch-gairloch   The particular one I stayed in that night may well have saved my life. I was stumbling through the overgrowth and not a little snow shaking and freezing drunk and lost in the night. I was desperate, cheered and happy, but desperate. I had been on a long and incredible journey and was on the edge of falling into despair. But I stayed away from the edge, and I found my log cabin. What did you find?... Read More
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Why visit Gairloch?

For those lucky enough to live here in Gairloch there are just to many answers to the question 'Why Visit Gairloch?':   "I like it because of the weather, and how when it is sunny it is really sunny and when it rains it gets wet and sometimes really wet but that's fine because me and mummy can sit and watch the rain and it is fun' Dave, 42 years old. "I like it because of the history. Gairloch has a unique history, from resisting the clearances of tenants during the 19th century to currently running the smallest local radio station in the country. Through all these fights Gairloch has proven one thing: that it will not be told how to behave and it will not have its future, its present or its past be dictated by the outside. It refuses to accept others opinion of it and, like the noble seahorse, recreates itself on its own terms. It is a wonder, a unique wonder. We are blessed to live here, and all are blessed to be able to visit" Madeline, 8 years old. "When I swim in Loch Gairloch, I feel all my ancestors swimming with me. I never new my parents, but that water tells me all I'd ever need to know. It tells me that I am part of  a long line. It tells me that I belong somewhere. It tells me that I'm loved. There's something magic in that water, truly there is, and it matters to me more than I can say. I would tell any and all to visit this beautiful place: the desperate and the unloved, the needy and the scared, the weak and the strong. All need Gairloch, and I promise: Gairloch is generous enough to accept you." Terrance, 36 years old. wpbc7712d0_0f

The beautiful Lake Gairloch.

"After my marriage fell apart I was low for a long time. I spent a few years moving through various stages of a sort of grief. Not grief for my marriage if I'm honest. Or grief for the pain of my wife. No, nothing so noble. It was grief for myself, for my own life, and my own ability to love. I wanted to get better. I wanted to get better for me. I put it all together in my head as guilt, I wanted to believe that I was heart broken over breaking her heart, but I was just scared. Scared once again that, just like I had feared before she ever came along, that love was not for me. 'I thought love was only true in fairy tales, then for someone else but not for me'. If you can't love though, it's a lot harder to feel pain. Anyway, I thought I had got through all this, and I met someone new. I was dancing on rainbows again. Then we hit a few stumbling blocks, and I fell apart.

 

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Eilean Donan Castle.

My emotional mind is like an old manor house. Long ago some of the biggest rooms became cluttered and messy, I looked at them and couldn't fathom how I'd sort them all out. So I turned of the lights and I locked the doors. After a while I convinced myself that I'd solved the problems of those rooms, that I'd cleaned my house. But meeting her, it opened those doors, and it turned on those lights. And you realize that the mess is all still there. You'd hidden those rooms away, and now you're finding out you need to live in them. So I ran away. I closed the doors, I turned off the lights and I shivered in the corridor for a while. That's when I came to Gairloch. I'd say as a place to run away from your past, your present, and all your potential painful futures, it's beautiful and perfect."

Davide, 28.

Looking pretty good eh?

And that's just a couple of our local characters! Visit Gairloch today and you can meet all of them.

Sincerely,

The Visit Gairloch Team.

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