The Moray Growth Deal will see £65 million invested in creating high-value jobs, strengthening local communities and safeguarding the future of the local economy.

The Scottish Government will invest up to £32.5 million in Moray over 10 to 15 years to drive inclusive economic growth across the region, with the UK Government matching the funding over a 15 year period.

Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a national discussion paper setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future of fisheries. 

Mr Ewing is meeting with representatives from the local fishing community in Kirkwall, Orkney, on Monday in the first of a series of similar meetings across Scotland, which will allow individuals, businesses and communities involved in fishing to have their say in what a new strategy for fisheries management should look like.

Key priorities include

Festival of the Sea


​Magnificent 'Behold Malin' Exhibition by Fine Artist Bonita Ellmore, Clyde Fisherman's Trust Artist in Residence



Live music featuring Emma Whyte and other artists, fresh seafood, live cooking demos by real fishermen, story telling, craft stalls, facepainting, whisky stalls, heritage exhibitions, Seafood Scotland tasters and licenced bar.

The 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14th– 16th November. If you live in or are passionate about rural areas in Scotland, you can attend to learn and make your voice heard. This year's theme is "Taking Action".

The event brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has launched a new way for businesses to help secure the future of western Scotland’s whales and dolphins, and to protect the Hebrides’ globally important marine environment, with its first partner of this kind being Dunoon-based The Majestic Line.

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has announced details of its 2018 surveys, in which volunteers and marine scientists will carry out pioneering research into the health of whales, dolphins and porpoises off Scotland’s west coast using photogrammetry – the science of making measurements from photographs.

The Annual Implementation Report (AIR) of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) has been published.

Covering the first three years of the 2014-2020 Programme, the full report and Summary for Citizens can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

A new guide has been produced to help Fisheries Local Action Groups identify and address social inclusion in fisheries areas.

The guide has been produced by FARNET, the community of people implementing Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The guide covers:

Festival of the Sea

Festival of the Sea - 10am to 4pm - free

  • market stalls
  • fresh seafood
  • cooked seafood
  • cooking demos by real fishermen and Seafood Scotland
  • arts and crafts
  • live music by Emma Whyte and other great Scottish talents
  • licensed bar
  • West Coast whiskies
  • photo exhibition by Ken Dundas and Michael Russell MSP
  • sea creatures face painting
  • and much more

Premier of play 'Something Fishy' - 7.30pm - £12 full price/£10 concession/£15 for play and ceilidh

An new food arts project will bring an interactive installation to the coastline of Portree this September.

The CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones sees ATLAS Arts, based on Skye, work in partnership with internationally acclaimed Cooking Sections - artists Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe.