Sunday morning was a bit of a guddle. I was up late on Saturday night chatting to Ian Begg and Ruth from Plockton, Robbie the Pict and my cousin Katie who has opened a wee event planning business in Portree. Then of course we lost an hour overnight – so I was up kinda early/late (?) to write Monday’s Scotsman column in the breakfast room of the Sligachan Hotel. I don’t know how quickly other folk dash off columns but they seem to take me hours – especially when I think I’m almost there. Many thanks to the long suffering staff who tiptoed around me for the duration. Then it was time for the weekly podcast with Chris -- by Skype. I’ve got to say my new purchase of a MacBook Pro (I think) has been a great investment. It starts quickly compared to my old laptop and the resolution is so good I don’t need to use glasses writing or reading. The only snag was that we couldn’t connect it to the projector for that Sunday night talk at the Sligachan cos you need a separate adaptor thingy to connect the clunky projector cable. Normally installing new programmes brings me out in a cold sweat – but as you can hear, the skypecast went fine. Afterwards I packed up, zipped down the road through spectacular scenery with waterfalls gushing at full tilt and wee wobbly lambs clinging to their mothers at the roadside and got down to the next event at the Kilmaillie Hall, Corpach with 15 minutes to spare. Yet again, another gal had made an amazing effort to publicise the event – many thanks to Carol and Morag whose caravan I stayed in overnight. About 130 people were at Corpach – braving torrential downpours to pitch up. Again, all discussion was focused on land reform with folk asking where they could find proposals that might lead to tangible change in the next five years. Without having much time or access to broadband to insert links, I’d check out the Scottish Greens proposals because they were probably written by Andy Wightman and the final report of the Land Reform Review Group. The big two from the LRRG that were NOT included by the Scottish Government in its land reform bill are a maximum land holding per person/interest and a tenant farmer’s right to buy. This latter one is a bit difficult to campaign for unless the Scottish Tenant Farmers Assoc wholeheartedly back it. They have reservations because the cost of land is currently so high because of its scarcity value because of the ownership by large estates – that they probably couldn’t afford to buy their farms, even if they had the right to do so. Might we not suggest they are given the same treatment as the Irish tenant farmers in 1903 who got very long term loans from the government to achieve their buyouts? And is the idea of a maximum acreage completely “undoable”? I rather think it must be possible or the LRRG wouldn’t have recommended it. The big question I’m hearing on this wee tour is which measures in the Land Reform Bill will bring big change without vulnerable communities and individuals having to take big risks? Anyway, after a great sleep in Morag’s toasty wee caravan near Banavie, with stunning views of a snow capped Ben Nevis massif, I’m having a late breakfast and then driving back up to Stoer for tonight’s event.