From 1988 to 2017, David Ross was the Highland Correspondent of The Herald. His patch stretched from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to the Shetland island of Unst in the north; and from St. Kilda, in the West, to the whisky country of Speyside in the east. From his home on the Black Isle he covered all the big stories, such as the fight against a nuclear waste dump in Caithness and plans to remove half a mountain to create a super-quarry on the island of Harris. He helped the first community land buyout in modern times in Assynt, covered in depth the anti-toll campaign on the Skye Bridge, and reported on efforts to save the Gaelic language and protect ferry services.
In this book, he reflects on the important issues which affected the Highlands and Islands during his years at The Herald. In addition, for the first time he writes at length about how his late father-in-law, the celebrated poet Sorley MacLean, to paint a unique, intimate portrait of one of the giants of Gaelic culture and Scottish literature.