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I was brought up in Banchory, Royal Deeside. After living in northern Canada for 15 years and working as wilderness canoe guide, I returned to Scotland in 2002 and settled in Dingwall and now live in Fodderty.
I have helped out with many cycling events in the area including every Strathpuffer and am happiest being busy and making things happen.
I run my own mapping and surveying business and a firewood supply business.
Starting out as a civil engineer, Ron had a long and very enjoyable career in the water industry and then the rail industry based almost entirely in Scotland. He has lived in Strathpeffer for over twenty years and has now retired. He is a keen walker and cyclist.
I was born and brought up on a working farm in Perthshire and came to the Highlands almost 30 years ago to work for the Highlands and Islands Development Board. Since then, I’ve spent many years working for various National Youth Charities, delivering outdoor education and developing funding.
Since settling in the Strath in 2008 I’ve really enjoyed developing my mountain biking skills and have taken part in several Strathpuffer 24hr Mountain Bike Races over the years.
I consider access to the outdoors to be enormously important for both our mental and physical wellbeing and encourage everyone to make full use of the excellent access rights we enjoy in Scotland. I am delighted to be a member of the Peffery Way Association and am committed to delivering a safe off-road cycle/footpath between Strathpeffer and Dingwall which will enable more local folk of all ages to take advantage of the beautiful countryside on our doorsteps.
I live in Strathpeffer and I have been actively involved in a number of local community groups. Running the Community Centre for 9 years helped me to have a good understanding of the needs of the community and what improvements they would like to see.
I firmly believe that the Peffery Way will provide everyone with a chance to enjoy the outdoors and help to generate tourism for the village. The path between Strathpeffer and Dingwall and linking up the areas in between will be great for my kids to bike to school and meet up with their friends. Having a safe low-level path will be useful for families and older people who struggle to climb the hills around the village.
I grew up in suburban London but escaped northwards soon after leaving Uni. As an engineering project manager I spent the majority of my professional career based in Scotland.
I now live above Tarvie and spend as much time as possible outdoors; either walking, skiing, cycling - or just chopping logs.
The Peffery Way will be a significant improvement to walking and cycling access in the Strath and I'm looking forward to the challenges we face in making it happen!
I have lived in Dingwall for 27 years. With my wife we converted empty rooms in Dingwall Railway Station into a tea room. Before this we developed an outdoor center in Newtonmore. I have also taken my young family on 3 Transatlantic crossings on small yachts. I am now officially retired! I enjoy walking & climbing and look forward to helping this very worthwhile project with a voice from the Dingwall end.
I grew up in Dingwall and, since leaving school, have worked throughout the Highlands and Islands. I eventually returned home to Dingwall, along with my husband, to bring up our girls.
I’ve always been enthusiastic about the outdoors and have experienced myself the positive benefits of being outside and the impact it can have on everyone’s wellbeing - no matter which activity is chosen. I’m lucky to participate in walking, running, mountain biking, horse riding and am always finding more! I came across the PWA as a safe place to walk, ride my bike and run in pleasant surroundings. My favourite thing about it is that it is suitable for all abilities and encourages everyone to get out in the fresh air. As a Trustee, I am looking forward to working with the others in the team to bring the project to completion and see it flourish in the years to come. I hope to see you somewhere on the Peffery Way soon!