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Scottish Highlands a spectacular battleground in the independence vote

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Scottish Highlands a spectacular battleground in the independence vote

A new dawn rises on the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.

It is the first sunrise in a new chapter for Scotland no matter which way the independence vote goes.

The landscape is the backdrop for an epic battle as both sides fight for each and every vote.

Voter apathy is not an issue in the Scottish referendum: “Well I haven’t voted for 20 years, that’s how important it is,” says George, a sheep farmer.

The sheep are barred from voting in this rural community, but 16 year olds and foreign nationals living in Scotland do and it is being taken very seriously by all: “Very, very important because I live here, I work here, I pay my taxes, I love this country and I think I have never been more convinced about going to a polling station than I’ve ever been before in the Netherlands,” says Daisy a Dutch B&B owner.

There is general apathy towards Westminster politics here in the Highlands and Islands and it is something the ‘Yes’ campaign has tried to exploit, but the outcome remains a mystery as our correspondent Joanna Gill explains: “The Highlands region is one of Scotland’s most sparsely populated areas, but every vote counts in a referendum which appears too close to call. The people of Killin are more than aware of the weight of their decision on history.”

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