Transition Scotland’s (TS) 2016 annual gathering was held on September 10th and 11th. This year it was hosted by Transition Black Isle in the beautiful village of Cromarty. Based at the Old Brewery run by Cromarty Arts Trust, we ventured firstly to the Cromarty Community Market which provided us with an excellent learning exchange around how to run community markets, as well as tasty local produce, plants, and crafts.
In the afternoon there was an Open Space discussion around different aspects of the question: "How can we, as a national movement, be more effective in facilitating a move to a low-impact lifestyle?". It was followed by a delicious pot-luck dinner and plenty of chat and getting to know each other - as always - probably the most important part of the weekend!
The Sunday was spent walking around Cromarty, learning more about the local history of how the area around the Cromarty Firth had gone through its own transition from crofting, fishing, hemp production, brewing, sea-borne trading, oil rig construction and now looking over to Nigg where wind turbines are being constructed. . This provided us with time for informal brainstorms giving birth to exciting future ideas and projects which may be a part of Cromarty’s future. Who knows....
Reflections from visitors and TBI’ers.
Transition Scotland Get-Together
Cromarty Old Brewery
Join us to catch up, share stories and learning, and re-inspire the vision of a Scotland in Transition to a low carbon, resilient country. Hear about the budding Transition Scotland national Hub – and get involved.
Representatives of any of the Scottish Transition groups are invited, together with anyone else who is interested in our agenda for strong communities working to a more sustainable future.
This will be a family-friendly event with lots to do for kids and partners.
This event is FREE, but you'll need to book your own accommodation - B&B at reasonable rates is available at the Old Brewery itself, or there are other options, see below.
Sign up here.
Cromarty is a beautiful historic village at the eastern tip of the Black Isle. Attractions include Hugh Miller’s birthplace museum, beach and hill walks, and wildlife-watching boat trips. There are buses to the village from Inverness.
11am – 2pm
Visit to Cromarty Community Market - this is one of 2 monthly community markets run by Transition Black Isle. Lunch is available at the market – or for those who prefer to have a look around Cromarty, there are other cafes in the village – and it’s hard to beat a picnic on the beach if it’s sunny!
2.30 – 5.30pm
Open Space discussion – share experiences and develop ideas for the future. To be held in the Old Brewery, 10 minutes’ walk from the market.
Pot luck dinner – please bring something to share.
Ad hoc activities and chat – maybe visit Fortrose for dolphin watching (optimum time around 4.00 p.m), fun on the beach, visit Rosemarkie beach café, hire bikes, sight-seeing in Cromarty and Fortrose.
The Old Brewery
B&B costs £35/ adult, £20/ child under 12, sharing room with parent(s). There are single, twin, double and triple rooms available.
Fortrose Bay Campsite
The campsite is about 15 minutes’ drive from Cromarty (there are buses, but the last one on Saturday leaves quite early). See their website for prices and other details.
Campervans frequently stop overnight on Cromarty Links – just inland from the beach. A great informal location, but there are no facilities.
If all else fails…
TBI members may be able to offer accommodation! Contact Martin Sherring at TBI.
Photos from the last gathering / un-conference in Comrie Croft below.
Hi folks. Welcome to our new website on TRANSITION.SCOT
We've taken the decision to switch to a more modern and free web service while we get established as a new official hub. At the same time we hope to improve the content and to add extra features. Our Front page will be our Blog and will contain stories that are relevant to transition'ers in Scotland. We've opted to call groups 'trees' in our Transition woodland a bit like the model created by Transition Portugal. People connected to transition are our 'bees' buzzing around and helping with pollination of change.