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Skye, Lochaber And Badenoch (Scottish Parliament Constituency)
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Badenoch
is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Highlands and Islands electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to eight constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole
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Scottish Parliament Constituencies And Regions
Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
constituencies and regions were first used in 1999, in the first general election of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), created by the Scotland
Scotland
Act 1998. The parliament has 73 constituencies, each electing one Member of the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
(MSP) by the plurality (first past the post) system of election, and eight additional member regions, each electing seven additional MSPs. Each region is a group of constituencies, and the D'Hondt method of allocating additional member seats from party lists is used to produce a form of proportional representation for each region. The total number of parliamentary seats is 129
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Wester Ross
Coordinates: 57°39′58″N 5°13′08″W / 57.666°N 5.219°W / 57.666; -5.219Shieldaig, viewed from the road to Applecross.Wester Ross
Ross
(Scottish Gaelic: 'Taobh Siar Rois') is a loosely defined area in the North West Highlands of Scotland and a part of Ross
Ross
and Cromarty. It contains a number of villages on its west coast, including:Lochcarron Applecross Shieldaig Torridon Kinlochewe
Kinlochewe
(inland) Gairloch Poolewe Aultbea Laide Ullapool Achiltibuie InverasdaleWester Ross
Ross
is geographically regarded as the western watershed of Ross-shire, but administrative and political boundaries diverge from this and have been subject to several changes and inconsistencies. Wester Ross
Ross
is a popular scenic tourism destination, although the level of this has declined considerably since the 1970s
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Orkney
Orkney
Orkney
/ˈɔːrkni/ (Old Norse: Orkneyjar, Pictish: Insi Orc, "islands of the pigs"), also known as the Orkney
Orkney
Islands,[Notes 1] is an archipelago in the Northern Isles
Northern Isles
of Scotland, situated off the north coast of Great Britain. Orkney
Orkney
is 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness
Caithness
and comprises approximately 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited.[2][3][4] The largest island, Mainland, is often referred to as "the Mainland"
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Shetland
Shetland
Shetland
/ˈʃɛtlənd/ (Old Norse: Hjaltland), also called the Shetland
Shetland
Islands, is a subarctic archipelago of Scotland
Scotland
that lies northeast of Great Britain. The islands lie some 80 km (50 mi) to the northeast of Orkney, 168 km (104 mi) from the Scottish mainland and 280 km (170 mi) southeast of the Faroe Islands. They form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
to the west and the North Sea
North Sea
to the east
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Na H-Eileanan Siar
The Outer Hebrides
Hebrides
(/ˈhɛbrɪdiːz/), also known as the Western Isles (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar [nə ˈhelanən ˈʃiəɾ] or Na h-Eileanan an Iar [nəˈhelanən əˈɲiəɾ]), Innse Gall ("islands of the strangers") or the Long Isle or the Long Island (Scottish Gaelic: An t-Eilean Fada), is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.[Note 1] The islands are geographically coextensive with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, one of the 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. They form part of the Hebrides, separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides
Hebrides
by the waters of the Minch, the Little Minch
Minch
and the Sea of the Hebrides
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Black Isle
The Black Isle
Black Isle
(Scottish Gaelic: an t-Eilean Dubh, pronounced [ən̪ˠtʲelan d̪̊uh]) is a peninsula within Ross and Cromarty, in the Scottish Highlands. It includes the towns of Cromarty
Cromarty
and Fortrose, and such villages as Conon Bridge, Muir of Ord,Munlochy, Dingwall, Avoch, Rosemarkie, Tore, North Kessock, and Culbokie.Contents1 Description 2 Castles 3 History 4 Education 5 Customs 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksDescription[edit]Stubble field near Allerton, Black Isle, 4 km from Cromarty, HighlandDespite its name, the Black Isle
Black Isle
is not an island, but a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water – the Cromarty
Cromarty
Firth to the north, the Beauly Firth
Beauly Firth
to the south, and the Moray Firth
Moray Firth
to the east. On its fourth, western side, its boundary is delineated by rivers
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Aird, Inverness
The Aird (from the Scottish Gaelic: An Àird meaning "The High Place") is an area of the County of Inverness, to the west of the City of Inverness. It is situated to the south of the River Beauly and the Beauly Firth, and to the north of Glenurquhart and the northern end of Loch Ness. Villages within the Aird include Kirkhill, Kiltarlity, Lentran and Inchmore. It is the traditional heart of the Clan Fraser's territory, containing their family seat of Beaufort Castle. The first known Lord of the Aird, however, was Iain Mac Eoin Nan Gleann or "John Bisset of the Glens" in English. The area gives its name to a Highland Council ward - "Aird and Loch Ness". History[edit] Blar Nam Feinne (grid reference NH595433[1] is a site on Cnoc na Moine that reputedly saw a battle in the early 11th century between King Malcolm and Thorfinn of Norway
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Loch Ness
Loch
Loch
Ness (/ˌlɒx ˈnɛs/; Scottish Gaelic: Loch
Loch
Nis [l̪ˠɔx ˈniʃ]) is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres (23 miles) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 16 metres (52 feet) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". It is connected at the southern end by the River Oich
River Oich
and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch
Loch
Oich. At the northern end there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch
Loch
Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness
River Ness
and a further section of canal to Inverness, ultimately leading to the North Sea via the Moray Firth
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Ardnamurchan
Coordinates: 56°44′N 5°59′W / 56.733°N 5.983°W / 56.733; -5.983Satellite photo of Ardnamurchan Ardnamurchan
Ardnamurchan
(/ˌɑːrdnəˈmɜːrxən/, Scottish Gaelic: Àird nam Murchan: headland of the great seas) is a 50-square-mile (130 km2) peninsula in the ward management area of Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, noted for being very unspoilt and undisturbed. Its remoteness is accentuated by the main access route being a single track road for much of its length
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Strathpeffer
Strathpeffer
Strathpeffer
(Scottish Gaelic: Srath Pheofhair) is a village and spa town in Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland, with a population of 1,469.Contents1 Geography 2 History 3 Railway 4 Tourism 5 Music 6 Sport 7 Notes and references 8 External linksGeography[edit] It lies in a glen five miles west of Dingwall, with varying elevation from 200 to 400 feet above sea level. Sheltered on the west and north, it has a comparatively dry and warm climate. History[edit]Clach an Tiompain(also known as the Eagle Stone), a Class 1 Pictish symbol stone in StrathpefferThe strategic location of the village has led to several battles being fought in the area : Blar Nan Ceann, battle (field) of the heads, lies at the western end of the modern village (grid reference NH47625773[1])
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Argyll And Bute
Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
(Scottish Gaelic: Earra-Ghàidheal agus Bòd, pronounced [ɛrˠəˈɣɛːəlˠ̪ akəs̪ pɔːtʲ]) is both one of 32 unitary authority council areas and a lieutenancy area in Scotland. The administrative centre for the council area is in Lochgilphead. Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
covers the second largest administrative area of any Scottish council. The council area adjoins those of Highland, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. Its border runs through Loch
Loch
Lomond. The present council area was created in 1996, when it was carved out of the Strathclyde
Strathclyde
region, which was a two-tier local government region of 19 districts, created in 1975. Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
merged the existing Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute
district and one ward of the Dumbarton district
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Loch Alsh
Loch Alsh
Loch Alsh
(from the Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
Loch Aillse, "foaming lake"[1]) is a sea inlet between the isle of Skye
Skye
in the Inner Hebrides
Inner Hebrides
and the Northwest Highlands
Northwest Highlands
of Scotland. The name is also used to describe the surrounding country and the feudal holdings around the loch. The area is rich in history, and is increasingly popular with tourists. The hilly country around Loch Alsh
Loch Alsh
has a temperate, well-watered climate. There is some pasture and woodland, but much of the area is moorland
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Badenoch
Badenoch
Badenoch
(from the Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
Bàideanach meaning drowned land) is a traditional district which today forms part of Badenoch
Badenoch
and Strathspey, an area of Highland Council, in Scotland, bounded on the north by the Monadhliath Mountains, on the east by the Cairngorms and Braemar, on the south by Atholl
Atholl
and the Grampians, and on the west by Lochaber. The capital of Badenoch
Badenoch
is Kingussie.Contents1 Geography 2 Population 3 History 4 Economy 5 Notes and referencesGeography[edit] The somewhat undefined area of Badenoch
Badenoch
covers 36 miles (58 km) from northeast to southwest and 15 miles (24 km) from north to south, comprising 540 square miles (1,400 km2)
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Strathspey, Scotland
Strathspey (Scottish Gaelic, Srath Spè) is the area around the strath of the River Spey, Scotland, in both the Moray
Moray
council area and the Badenoch and Strathspey
Badenoch and Strathspey
committee area of Highland. The term Strathspey usually refers to the upper part of the strath from the source of the Spey down to the capital, Grantown-on-Spey, whereas the anglicised form, Speyside, refers to the area from Grantown-on-Spey
Grantown-on-Spey
to the mouth of the river at Spey Bay. Recently there has been some controversy over attempts to anglicise the name into Spey Valley. The tourist area from the south starts at Dalwhinnie
Dalwhinnie
and continues North along the A9 towards Newtonmore, Kingussie, Aviemore and on towards Grantown-on-Spey
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Scottish Parliament Election, 1999
Donald Dewar LabourThe first election to the devolved Scottish Parliament, to fill 129 seats, took place on 6 May 1999. Following the election, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats formed the Scottish Executive, with Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
(MSP) Donald Dewar
Donald Dewar
becoming First Minister. The Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
was created after a referendum on devolution took place on 11 September 1997 in which 74.3% of those who voted approved the idea. The Scotland
Scotland
Act (1998) was then passed by the UK Parliament which established the devolved Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament
and Scottish Executive
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