Martin MacDonald was brought up near the village of Plockton in the Highlands and now lives not far from there in Kyle of Lochalsh.
After gaining an electronics degree in the University of Edinburgh he started work in the BUTEC torpedo testing range near Kyle eventually becoming a Trials Technical Advisor and the Computer Systems Manger at the Range Terminal Building just north of Applecross, travelling up every day from Kyle. This allowed him to truthfully answer the “Daily Journey to Work” question on the 1991 census form as “Bicycle and helicopter”. He’s still in IT but in the much more mundane world of education.
He once played regularly in the second team for his local shinty team Kinlochshiel and still has the battered teeth of these pre-gumshield days. In the early 90’s he once organised a shinty/hurling trip to Ireland and the team drew a match, lost a match, someone got drunk and gave away every caman the team had and three men got left at Dublin airport. It was rated a very successful trip. He still tries to keep fit by walking and cycling.
Martin is a keen photographer but usually just pictures of what he sees wandering round Kyle when walking the dog. A big sci-fi fan he doesn’t read a huge amount these days and it’s mostly hard sci-fi although one of his old favourites is, “Out of the Mouth of the Dragon”, by Mark S. Geston, a post-apocalyptic novel, which crosses between hard sci-fi and fantasy.
Martin has always been interested in politics, is a member of the SNP and believes in Scottish independence.
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