As with many peripheral areas, there's a high level of military activity in the Hebrides. It is used regularly for military exercises and there are numerous military installations, including the UK's main missile testing range. In the early 1980s the UK government tried to expand Stornoway airfield into one of the largest airbases in the Northern Hemisphere. They had already spent £40 million on a runway, when Ronnie met Gorby and the plans were shelved.
The Islanders who had been fighting the expansion (through the group Keep Nato Out) didn't complain, as they got the largest runway in the west coast of Scotland.
More photographs will follow on the struggles of KNO.