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Tina Irving

Tina Irving is an experienced freelance journalist and member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). She has a degree in IT and Spanish from London South Bank University and a post graduate diploma in Environmental Economics from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Born in Lincolnshire, England, she now divides her time between Spain and Scotland and has business interests in both. She has been visiting and working in Competa, Andalucia, on and off for over 30 years and lived at Dunnet Head in the north of Scotland for 15 years. She lives with her partner and together they love to travel, having first met in Libya in 1982.

Tina likes to develop tourism projects such as the North Highland Way and LetsGoNorth meets LetsGoSouth. Founder of the Dunnet Head Educational Trust in 2003, she has succeeded in raising the profile of Dunnet Head as the most northerly point of the UK mainland and encourages cross Pentland Firth working with the Orkney Islands. She is also founder of the Caithness & Sutherland Walking Festival in Scotland, and thanks to her, Competa has its own walking festival.

Tina is an ex project manager from financial services and entered the tourism arena in 2000 when she and her partner moved to Scotland. She has a deep interest in economic development and is currently looking at how the local economies of Andalucia and the far north of Scotland are developing.

The North Highland Way project was launched by eight local businesses in 2013 and goes from strength to strength. It is hoped that the route, which extends along the north coast of Scotland from John o Groats to Cape Wrath, will become a national trail. It is an ambitious project, crossing some of the most magnificent and wildest scenery in the world. In 2014 LetsGoNorth meets LetsGoSouth was launched and seeks to identify historical and cultural links between Scotland and Spain, as well as identifying “parallels”.

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