I've been the Highland Correspondent of The Herald since 1988, covering an area which stretches from Shetland to Kintyre, and Rockall to the Cairngorms, but has only 60% of Glasgow's population. So I have to be concerned with issues relating to transport and remoteness; land reform and conservation; Gaelic and tourism; renewable energy; the odd drop of whisky and the craic.
Catherine (Renee) Maclean, who has died aged 92, was the wife of the late Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean, to whom she was married for 50 years until his death in 1996.
Their friends often pondered what might have befallen him had he not met and married her. It was a question normally met with a pursing of lips and a shaking of heads, the consensus being that everyday life would have been immeasurably more difficult for the poet.
The planes, which will be piloted from the ground, are to be used by a research facility in the Highlands to collect scientific data.
They can monitor a range of subjects from the movement of jellyfish to the arrival of non-native species of seaweed, the melting of sea ice and how mammals such as seals relate to offshore energy projects.
A crew to fly the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is now being trained at Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) laboratories at Dunstaffnage, north of Oban.