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Raunchy Ross-shire's saucy secrets laid bare as 'cheaters' map' suggests coronavirus crisis has sparked cabin fever affairs; Infidelity Index stats claim to include everywhere from Dingwall to Alness, Invergordon, Tain, Gairloch, Ullapool and the Black Isle

By Hector MacKenzie

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ROSS-SHIRE is a hotbed of adultery if a new "cheaters" map is to be believed – with the coronavirus lockdown prompting a spin-off outbreak of cabin fever.

The affairs dating website claims to offer remarkably specific statistics for every single postcode in the country – with villages and towns in Ross-shire all included in the raunchy round-up.

It is the work of a website claiming to be the UK's leading married dating website, Illicit Encounters.

Those behind the website reckon the main reason for the rise is so-called lockdown cabin fever is people unhappy with their partner seeking an affair after becoming fed-up being stuck at home – regardless health concerns about social distancing.

IllicitEncounters.com spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said: “We have seen a big rise in cheating over the last year in Inverness, even in the last six months covered by Covid.

“This is due to lockdown cabin fever – increasing numbers of people have become fed-up with their partners after being stuck together at home for most of this year and even denied a summer holiday in many cases.

“The Covid fear factor largely went at the start of the summer when the pubs reopened.

“People started dating again and cheating numbers surged as lots of new relationships were forged.”

An Infidelity Index allows users to search a city, town or postcode to discover how many people are having affairs anywhere.

If the stats are to be believed, 129 people in Dingwall are having an affair – up seven from the same time last year.

The figure for the royal burgh of Tain is put at 61 – also up.

In Alness, the infidelity index is 102 – higher than neighbouring Invergordon at 93.

Wester Ross is not immune either with the number for Gairloch at 21 (the same as last year, it would seem). The busy port of Ullapool though has a modest 14 people involved.

That may raise eyebrows given that the Black Isle Munlochy area apparently has a total of 23 people having an affair.

The website includes a block capitals disclaimer stating that "not everyone is suited to having an affair" and that "they are not an alternative to working on or ending a marriage". It adds: "Not all affairs have a positive effect on a marriage, some can be very damaging. Always consider other people if you are going to have an affair. Please select your partner wisely."

It claims to offer data based on more than a million postcodes visit www.illicitencounters.com/map/standalone .

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