Last year I caught up with BBC correspondent David Shukman at a travel conference in Birmingham:
MY FAVOURITE PLACE
The Isle of Eigg
As BBC News Science and Environment Correspondent, David Shukman has travelled all over the world but one of his favourite places is one of the UK’s best kept secrets, The Isle of Eigg in the inner Scottish Hebrides.
“You’ll probably get sea sick trying to get there, and you’ll most definitely get rained on but if you get the weather it is just fantastic!”
The remote Island which only has 82 inhabitants was introduced to 24 hour power thanks to renewable energy in February. The island which previously ran on diesel generators for only a few hours of the day now has a system which uses a mix of solar, hydro and wind power. Maggie Fyffe, the islands heritage trust sectary explains “the new system has been totally valuable; it’s made a whole world of difference. From everyone relying on their own diesel generators which weren’t at all environmentally friendly to this really has made a huge difference”.
For more information about the Isle of Eigg visit http://www.isleofeigg.org/