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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 live in Strathpeffer and I think having a path along the old railway line between Dingwall and Strathpeffer is a great idea. I would use it to walk and run, my kids would use it to bike to school and my husband would use it to commute to work in Inverness by bike.
Pretty much everyone in the community supports it, and obviously it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of being healthy and active as well as sustainable transport. I believe it would attract visitors too.
A feasibility study was done back in 2008 but it lay gathering dust because of the objections of one landowner. It doesn’t seem fair to me that one person can veto a project which everyone else in the community wants and is in line with government policy too.
I think we can find a solution which satisfies everyone’s needs and I am keen to work towards that.
Nessa 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, she has worked for a number of National Youth Charities, mainly delivering outdoor education and fundraising.
She settled in the area in 2008 and is an enthusiastic mountain biker, taking part in a number of Strathpuffer 24hr Mountain Bike Races over the years.
Nessa is delighted to be a member of the Peffery Way Association and is committed to delivering a safe off-road path between Strathpeffer and Dingwall which will open up a huge variety of riding and walking opportunities for folk of all ages.
I live and work in Strathpeffer and over the past 11 years I have been actively involved in a number of local community groups. Running the Community Centre helps 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!