Badenoch Great Place project reaches appropriate final

A full day of indoor and outdoor Saturday celebrations presented the perfect climax for a three-year project to find the perfect way to promote Badenoch.

LIVING HISTORY: The Ruthven Barracks served as an essential backdrop to this week’s celebrations in Badenoch.

The idea for the project was initiated by the Badenoch Heritage team who now take it upon themselves to let the world know how fantastic the place is for locals and visitors.

In the morning, an extensive “Celebrating Badenoch” webinar was presented to all who wanted to join, where the joy was shared by local MSP Kate Forbes and Visit Scotland Head Lord Thurso.

PIONEER: Dr Fiona McLean, still on the Great Place board after the very first days of the Badenoch branding project, joined the webinar celebration on Saturday morning.
PIONEER: Dr Fiona McLean, still on the Great Place board after the very first days of the Badenoch branding project, joined the webinar celebration on Saturday morning.

The exquisite flyby film was screened and a history of the project was presented, along with a moving tribute to the late project leader, Dr Oliver O’Grady.

A question-and-answer session followed, which addressed all of the major issues Badenoch and its neighboring communities now face as they do everything to make the most of the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

LEGENDS: Charlie McKerron (left) and Hamish Napier warm up at Talla nan Ros in Kingussie for a sold-out gala concert.
LEGENDS: Charlie McKerron (left) and Hamish Napier warm up at Talla nan Ros in Kingussie for a sold-out gala concert.

The afternoon saw a celebration of the brilliant new Badenoch app and its central selling point “Badenoch: The Storylands”.

A walk was organized through some of these historic countries, from Kingussie to Raitts Township – with a celebratory cake in the Iona Gallery.

FABULOUS MOVIE SHOW: Screenings on Ruthven Barracks have proven to be one of the most astonishing highlights of a remarkably successful promotion.
FABULOUS MOVIE SHOW: Screenings at Ruthven Barracks proved to be one of the most amazing highlights of a remarkably successful promotion.

The day and the festival ended with a traditional music concert performed by some of Badenoch’s best musicians, featuring the new “Badenoch Suite” by legendary Badenoch violin maestro Charlie MacKerron.

The evening concert was sold out.

See Thursday Strathy for more on the project.


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