Ness crofter Donald ‘Sweeny’ MacSween is heading to Edinburgh on Thursday (March 21st) with another chance of winning a national award.

The 2018 young crofter of the year will be at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Thursday night for the Scottish Rural Awards ceremony, where he’s one of 10 shortlisted businesses in the agriculture category of the fifth annual awards.

Sweeny’s business, ‘Air An Lot’ is well-known across Scotland as the focus of a BBC Alba television series, which is filmed on his croft at North Dell. The fourth series has just been commissioned by BBC Alba.

The awards are described as ‘the ultimate benchmark of excellence in Scotland’s countryside – a celebration of the enterprise, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live in rural Scotland.’

Nevertheless, Donald is expecting to keep participation in the celebrations as brief as possible, for practical reasons. He said: “Chuffed to have been nominated and to have been chosen as a finalist - just a shame it’s so close to lambing, so a literal flying visit!”

The picture shows Sweeny with his award as young crofter of the year in October last year.