Neighbourhood Residencies – Listen to the Podcasts

In the spring of 2021 Bothy Project’s bothies in the Cairngorms National Park and on the Isle of Eigg, and Assynt Foundation’s Assynt Art Studio, were turned into sentinels for communication through the Neighbourhood Residencies project. The nine selected participants from Badenoch & Strathspey, the Small Isles and Assynt & Coigach were networked through Bothy Project to share, discuss and reflect upon themes of specific importance to them, and their communities with discussion captured and shared through podcasts.

PODCAST 1 – ‘Going slow, on the fast lane to Suilven’

Meet each of the participants and hear them discuss the importance of connecting with community and nature. 26min (Thanks to Monika Strell for the great title!)


PODCAST 2 – ‘More holiday homes than people to clean them’

This podcast unpicks the interlinked topics of housing, work and tourism across the three neighbourhoods. 29min.


PODCAST 3 – ‘A stag on the porch, a vole in the wall’

This podcast describes the landscape of each neighbourhood, and what the participants did with their residency time. 34min


The selected participants are Norah Barnes from Eigg, Fliss Fraser from Rùm and Isebail MacKinnon from Canna; Robyn Braham, Sarah Hobbs and Robbie Synge who all live in Badenoch and Strathspey, and Sarah Bernstein, Katrina Martin and Monika Strell from Assynt & Coigach. You can read more about them further down this page.

The Neighbourhood Residencies were initiated by Bothy Project, in partnership with Small Isles Community Council, Isle of Eigg Residents’ Association, Assynt Foundation and Cairngorms National Park Authority. The project has been supported by Creative Scotland and Cairngorms National Park Authority and Highland Council.

Project partners and participants will follow all Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines during this project.