Argyll and Bute
In the first instalment of our island depopulation series, The Ferret visits Bute to find out why nearly 1 in 5 people left the island over the last two decades.
A west coast island sold off by the National Trust for Scotland should be maintained and monitored in the long-term due to its considerable scientific interest and nature conservation importance, according to an ecological survey.
A fund set up to help community buyouts is heavily skewed towards a few local authority areas and has spent millions on buying assets already in public ownership.
Some residents in the Argyll and Bute area have found “either bare or nearly bare” shelves at their local Co-op stores throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
Rural areas in the west of Scotland have been badly hit by post office closures in the last ten years, according to Post Office data obtained by The Ferret.
Ferret Fact Service looks at a claim linking Syrian refugees to sexual crime on a Scottish island.