Home of the @HI_Voices rotational Twitter account, which features a new voice each week from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

311 Fortrose Bay Campsite

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15th September – 22nd September 2019

Mike and Rachel Brown at Fortrose Bay Campsite are hosting the H&I Voices twitter account this week until 6pm Sunday September 22nd. We have lived on the Black Isle for the past 14 years after moving here from Manchester. We enjoy living in Fortrose with it’s semi rural location and proximity to Inverness. We have a life long love of camping. Our dreams have come true with the opportunity to run this small campsite. Our new campsite dog is Robbie, a 4yr old collie cross from Munlochy animal aid. He enjoys meeting the campers and going for walks along Rosemarkie beach. The Black Isle has so much to offer and as members of the Black Isle Tourism Team, we enjoy promoting all the local businesses


310 Jacqueline Christina Williamson

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8th September – 15th September 2019

Hello there!  My name is Jacqui and I’m excited to be sharing my voice with you this week. Watch out for some delicious recipes, pics and foodie fun facts too!

My first job at 14 years old was as a waitress at Crawfords Pizza Restaurant on Lombard Street in Inverness every Saturday and school holidays when I wasn’t taking part in pony club competitions.

My Mother was the most amazing cook who confidently fed whoever was fortunate enough to join us at the table. My father at 82 years is a highly successful Black Isle farmer who encouraged us to work hard from a very young age.  With his keen work ethic and love of horticulture we were always guaranteed a great harvest! Mum cooked everything from scratch.

Travel & tourism always interested me,  in fact my favourite book at my bedside whilst growing up was my world atlas!  I was keen to spread my wings and was offered a nanny/au pair job in Houston, Texas. I lived the american dream and met a bunch of wonderful people.

On returning home 2 years later I applied to become an on train courier/hostess commentating on the observation car to Kyle from Inverness, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.   We also covered the Highland gateway to and from Perth and up to Thurso.  This was for me the most incredible job where I met folk from all over the world, stories were exchanged and life long friends were made.  My great love for people was truly born!    After my seasonal stint on the train at the age of 19 I was called into Inverness Airport for an interview and flown to London for a 6 week training course as an air stewardess with Dan Air the very next day! During my 20 years flying up and down to London I took unpaid leave to travel/work in Australia (bakeries, restaurants and nannying) on my return I married my husband Gary in 1988 and had our three children Gregor ’92, Kerry’93 and Lucy’04. Family, people, food & travel, my favourite things.

Corner on the Square, a licensed Deli/Cafe situated in the beautiful village of Beauly 12 miles northwest of Inverness was born in October 2003.  We began trading with more retail than we have today but discovered fairly quickly that the cafe was where the business needed to grow.  A couple of very decent reviews in The Times by the late A.A.Gill helped put us firmly on the map as a destination. three years in we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the building.  In addition we have operated the fruit and vegetable shop next door to our deli for the last 21 years.  We are finding people are making real efforts to bring their own bag, only buy what they need in order to reduce waste and are supportive because we don’t prepackaged our fruit and veggies. Currently we are buying from two local farmers.  There has been keen interest in our growing vegan market, I buy interesting products locally and from abroad too. Our ethos is simple in our cafe we aim to provide delicious fresh food in a relaxed friendly environment.  Our team are awesome and we have some pretty awesome customers too!

Lots to tell but there will be plenty questions too!

Here goes…..


309. Alice Deanne Masheter

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1st September – 8th September 2019

Hello wonderful people! My name’s Alice and I’m delighted to be sharing my voice with you this week.


I’m a qualified social worker who has worked in various social care and social work roles in Edinburgh, where I studied for 4 years, Aberdeen and Inverness-shire. In 2017 I gravitated back home to the highlands to work for an outdoor activity based care home for young people. Since then I have been moving further away from traditional social work towards a life which is more in line with my values of self-care, adventure, social justice and sustainable living.

In January I completed my yoga teacher training in Ubud and spent a couple of months travelling around New Zealand. Since coming home in April I have been trying to find more balance in my life. I recently started my own yoga business called AuspiciousNess to help people to experience joy and peace through different styles of yoga as well as shamanic practices. This involved transforming an old farm building into The Yoga Barn to create a sacred space for people to gather within my community. If you’re interested in finding out more about my yoga you can find me at @auspiciousalice on Facebook or @auspicious.ness on Instagram.

I also started working for Velocity, a social enterprise in Inverness, which promotes a happy, healthy and sustainable lifestyle through cycling. They provide a cafe and bicycle workshop as well as social projects to improve health and wellbeing. As a social worker I have always supported and advocated for mental health but did not experience feeling low myself until I returned home from New Zealand. Grief and uncertainty gave me a sense of vulnerability and helplessness which I had only ever witnessed through others. Getting outdoors by riding my bike, climbing hills and wild swimming reminded me I was strong, capable and worthy of what I wanted to achieve in life. At Velocity I support girls and young women to improve the way they feel about themselves through outdoor activities such as cycling. I also encourage active travel within secondary schools and their feeder primaries. These roles, alongside my yoga teaching, has welcomed more health and abundance into my life which I can share with others.

This week I intend to ‘step out of the rush’ and make time for myself. I hope this will give others permission to rest and restore themselves in an accelerating modern society. I also plan on sharing how compassionate people and places such as Velocity are making a difference in the local community amid the political and environmental crisis. You will also get a sense of my love for the outdoors and adventure as well as my passion for sustainable living and keeping Scotland beautiful.












308. Katie Claire Masheter

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25th August -1st September 2019

A cheery hello to you all! My name is Katie Masheter, I’m 27 years old and boomeranged back to the bonnie Highlands of Scotland a couple of years ago after a stint of time away (2010-2016). I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA (HONS) in Marketing and then worked in the world of chocolate for a couple of years, initially on the Thorntons graduate scheme and then as Internal Communications Manager for Ferrero. A real pining for family, Highland fresh air and the rugged landscape brought me home!

I grew up at Aigas, a picturesque spot in Strathglass (25min drive west of Inverness). I feel very fortunate to have roots here. My grandparents, Peter and Jessie Masheter, transformed their livestock farm into a neat 9 hole course in 1993, creating Aigas Golf Course and Holiday Cottages as we know it today. Probably one of the most ambitious farm diversifications in the area at that time and it’s now run by three generations of my family.

Through my tweets this week, you’ll pick up on my love for the great outdoors (cycling, hiking, kayaking and golf), travelling, painting and music (I’ve played the clarsach for 18 years). I’ve also recently purchased my first house in Inverness city centre so I’ll share a bit about my DIY projects and garden plans.

I now work as a Curriculum Development and Employer Engagement Officer for the Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). This role allows me to explore some of the most amazing locations and meet the buzzing communities behind the scenes.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with new people and sharing my love for the Highlands & Islands while tweeting for @hi_voices this week. Here goes…

307. Jane Hepburn Macmillan

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18th – 25th August 2019

Hello everyone! My name is Jane Hepburn Macmillan. I’m 27 years old and live in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with my husband Kevin and (almost) 8 month old baby, Florence. This week, you can look out for tweets about some musical projects, baby Florence, our self-build progress and the other day-to-day moments in between.


  • Musical Projects?

I play the fiddle and I’ve been performing for about 13 years. The band I’d probably thank the most for the biggest adventures is Face the West (we just started playing together again this summer, after a 5 year break), but I also play with a lot of other local musicians/friends and like to get my teeth into new projects.

  • Baby Florence?

I’m new to the mum thing. 8 months new. Expect a few tweets about our laughs and frustrations, it’s pretty much a 24/7 thing. You can read a little about what she’s taught me so far over on my website here: Blog Post – sinehepburn

  • Self-build Progress?

We started to get this ball rolling in 2015. A whopping four years and a baby later, we’re finally ‘wind and watertight’ on site! My first ever blog piece touched on my frustration with the self build system (you can read it here, if you like: Blog Post – sinehepburn ) We’re delighted and thankful to be where we’re at now though and I’ll no doubt share a few things about the house throughout the week.

So here goes…a week-worth-snippet of my life here in the Outer Hebrides.  It’s been a really busy summer for us as a family (with gigs and festivals mostly) so I’m looking forward to a week of normality and, dare I say it, routine! I hope you enjoy it and if so, feel free to become my Twitter friend!







306: Margaret Kirk

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11th – 17th August 2019

Hello everyone! I’m a writer of ‘Highland Noir’ crime fiction, set in and around my home town of Inverness. I went to school here before going to uni in Glasgow, where I studied modern languages. Since then, I’ve moved around a bit, including a spell in Germany, but I’m home now and definitely settled in the town for the foreseeable future!

I hope you’ll enjoy this week of images from my corner of the Highlands – and the insight into the life of a (not-very) roving crime writer!


305: Susie Rose

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4th August – 11th August 2019

Hello, I’m Susie and I’ll be looking after things on the Highlands and Islands voices Twitter account for the next week.

I grew up in Inverness and lived there most of my 43 years. I moved to Musselburgh with my family in 2012.

Musselburgh is a lovely wee town just outside of Edinburgh. We have beaches, a river and not one but two ice cream companies who make and sell their own delicious flavours. I live with my husband and our 10 year old daughter. Two fluffballs, gerbils called Toffee and Fudge, complete the family.

I work for a housing charity as a media officer. Many moons ago I was a news reporter at a radio station in the Highlands called Moray Firth Radio. At some point in the next few months I hope to be able to say that a book about how the station got started and its first 20 years will be coming out. It’s been a long time in the making.

This next week I will mostly be on holiday so you’ll get a mix of topics about my work, my garden, life amid the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh in August and maybe the odd old MFR story too. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with home. I do miss it just a bit.

304: Bunessan Show

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28th July – 4th August 2019

A social highlight in the Ross of Mull and Iona since 1886.  This week you will have behind the scenes access to preparation for the big day: Friday 2nd August.

303: Fiona Dalgetty

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21st – 28th July 2019

Hi Everyone,

I am Fiona Dalgetty. I live in Inverness and work as Chief Executive of Fèis Rois (@FeisRois). I grew up in Nigg, Easter Ross and, after moving away for a decade to study, travel and work, I returned to the Highlands in 2009.


302: Rona Campbell

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14th – 21st July 2019

Hi everyone – I’m Rona. I have taken over the account this week from Lewis where I am currently on one of my regular sojourns to this wonderful part of the world.

I work in economic and community development but only tweet on a personal basis, particularly about my interest in land reform and community land ownership.  You can find more about that on ronajcampbell.com .

My MSc thesis has been published via Amazon which is a real honour for me and I am grateful to everyone who took part in the research. Onwards now to the PhD.

301: Gary Innes

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7th – 14th July 2019

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Highland born accordionist and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary Innes has been performing and composing music for over 16 years. Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran,

He picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 and has never looked back. Gary released his first solo album How’s the Craic in 2005 and more recently his second solo album ERA was launched at Celtic Connections 2017 to great critical acclaim, with Tim Carroll writing “ERA is more than one man’s reflection, it’s a view into the world of a master at work.”

Gary has also recorded three albums with his current band Mànran, as well as albums with Ewan Robertson and all-accordion group Box Club.

Gary has performed in over 30 countries worldwide.

Adding another string to his bow, Gary began presenting the longest running radio show on BBC Radio Scotland – the world renowned Take the Floor, taking over from the legendary Dr Robbie Shepherd MBE in 2016.

It’s little wonder BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe has described him as being “a Jack of all trades and a master of all.”

Gary is an ex-Scottish Shinty captain and Internationalist and has won the Camanachd Cup final with his team Fort William on no less than 5 occasions. During his Shinty career Gary is one of the very few players to hold every senior medal within the game. Having retired in 2014, Gary is still involved within the sport and covers the live televised games for the BBC from the warmth of the commentary box.

For over 15 years Gary was also an auxiliary fire fighter for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and still volunteers as a First Responder in his home village of Spean Bridge.


300: Eilidh MacLellan (Camus Consulting)

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30th June – 7th July 2019

I’m Eilidh MacLellan (formerly Eilidh Ross), crofting law consultant based in Beauly, Inverness-shire.

I grew up in and around Inverness, leaving for uni in 1995. I returned home in 2006 after uni in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and some time abroad. I worked in Inverness and Skye as a solicitor in private practice, specialising in crofting law, until I launched my own consultancy business in 2017.

I’m really enjoying the flexibility and satisfaction of running a business, although I keep close ties with legal colleagues across Scotland, many of whom I work with regularly. I also act for individual crofters, landlords, grazing committees as well as prospective crofters.

If you take a look at my website, you can see my full bio and some examples of the kind of work I do.

I’m really lucky to live and work in the Highlands of Scotland and I look forward to sharing the week ahead with you (31 June-7 July).

299: @karaspita

by Simon Varwell


23rd – 30th June 2019

No bio submitted.

298: North58Comms

by Simon Varwell


16th – 23rd June 2019

No bio submitted.


297: Sandwick Bay Candles

by Simon Varwell


9th – 16th June 2019

No bio submitted.


296: Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI)

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2nd – 9th June 2019

WICCI will be taking over this week and hope to keep you updated on what we get up to through the week and also give an insight into the work we do at the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative.

The Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI) is a registered local charity. As a charity we have developed a unique partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to address needs and provide support for specific issues faced by cancer patients and their families throughout the Western Isles.

Up to £500 per year is available to individuals affected by cancer and can be used to support costs such as; basic living expenses, travel costs (over and above those supported by Patient Travel) and specialist equipment or support required as a result of a cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery.

This week looks to be a busy one for us. We’ll be out and about but we also have our AGM taking place on Wednesday night. The posts will be made by Helen and Jennifer so we’ll also add in a few tweets of what we are getting up to when we are not at work.

We hope you enjoy keeping up with us for the week!


295: Neil Lancaster

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26th May – 2nd June 2019

Hello everyone, I am Neil and I am your guest host for the week, I’m really excited about interacting with a whole new group of tweeters over the next week.

I have been happily living the dream on The Black Isle for close to four years now following my retirement from The Metropolitan Police where I served as a Detective Sergeant combating organised crime. I now spend my time writing, walking Peggy the Cockapoo, staring at the view from my house and trying to avoid any proper work.

I have written an published a crime thriller called Going Dark which introduces the world to Detective Sergeant Tom Novak which is heavily influenced by my former occupation. It is based between London, The Balkans and a major scene in The Cairngorms. I was lucky enough to appear at the Cromarty Arts Trust crime and thrillers weekend recently with such writing legends as Ian Rankin and Lin Anderson amongst others where I spoke about my book and former career.

I’m really looking forward to sharing my week with you all.




294: Morven-May MacCallum

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19th – 26th May 2019

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to be taking over H&I Voice. This month has already been full of adventures and exciting on-goings and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

I’m the author of Finding Joy – which the story of a family’s fight against Lyme disease. Although my novel is fictitious, it’s loosely based on my own 12 year battle with the disease. I live in the Black Isle and I adore the beautiful outdoors with lies before me. Since publishing my debut novel (and the verrry sloooow return of my health), I’ve been raising awareness of Lyme disease by giving talks all over Scotland in schools, bookshops, literary and charity events. I do a lot of work campaigning with MSPs to tackle the various issues around Lyme disease which has taken to the Scottish Parliament on a number of occasions.

So, what can you expect from me over the next week…Well, it’s Lyme disease awareness month and I’ve had a mad month of events, the lighting of Ness Bridge, fundraising and just general attempts to survive all these antics while still fighting this pesky illness. So hold on tight because I’m even jumping out of a plane next Sunday to raise money for Lyme Disease UK! Because, apparently, living with this disease since I was 14 hasn’t brought me close enough to death. I’m so excited to be taking you all on the journey with me and if you’d like to learn more about me then please feel free to click on the sites below:

My Website

My Amazon Page

My Facebook


293: Helen Houston

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12th – 19th May 2019

Good evening, I am Helen Houston and I live with my husband Rod, in Golspie, Sutherland. I have been working either freelance or employed in community development for over twenty years. I retired in November 2018 from my role as Development Manager at the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust.  During my time with the Trust we built the new visitor attraction at Falls of Shin and completed a regeneration project on the derelict Lady Ross site in Ardgay, provided a home energy service for Sutherland, a Monday Community Café and a programme of activities for all age groups. Great fun and you can follow the Trust on twitter @KOSutherland or check out their website.

But did I say I had retired? Well not true. One Cllr Pauline Munro, wanted to meet for a chat four weeks ago  and hey presto I am out of retirement and working two and a half days per week for the new Invergordon Development Trust. My contract is being paid for by local businessman Roy Macgregor – well done to him for supporting the new energetic committee.

What is on the agenda for IDT – uniting the community to work together to improve the town; purchase the Town Hall and refurbish to create a community hub; support community groups to develop their offering; establish a stakeholder group to take the strategic lead for town improvements.  You can watch progress of the Trust only on Facebook just now.

Away from work I love cooking, playing Scrabble and walking Bronson.  This week I am not sure what I will be posting but hopefully you will find the posts interesting.  Eventually I might even post a picture of myself but I have never used WordPress and cannot work out how to add a photograph – great start to my week!!!

292: Alex Ogilvie

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5th to 12th May 2019

Hi there – my name is Alex Ogilvie and I work as a TV executive for a large US media company based in London. But none of that is important this week! I grew up just outside Fort William and for the last ten years I have been a trustee of a charity called the Highland Society of London, which aims to promote and support the traditions and culture of the Highlands of Scotland.

One of our more recent initiatives has been to launch the Highland Book Prize in conjunction with the Moniack Mhor writers’ centre (near Beauly) and the Ullapool Book Festival (where the second annual prize is being announced and awarded this Saturday 11th May). I have been one of the judges for this year’s award, and I am travelling up to Ullapool in a few days.

I wanted to spend some time this week sharing my experience of working on the Highland Book Prize (including some of the wonderful books that are written in and about the Highlands each year), but also talking about my love of the Highlands and Islands, which I try to visit as often as possible during the year. I hope you will enjoy the week as the anticipation builds to the prize-giving on Saturday night!