Two people have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of a charity tin from the Uig ferry terminal.

The collection tin was reported stolen shortly before 3pm on Tuesday, August 14.

The tin was subsequently recovered in the Portree area.

A man, 41, and a woman, 44, have been charged in connection with the incident.

Constable Chris Tait said: "We are grateful for the support of the CalMac staff at the ferry terminal in Uig which has helped lead to a quick recovery of this item.

"We are committed to tackling acquisitive crime on Skye and anyone with concerns about suspicious behaviour is asked to call 101 to report it to us."

People of Skye are being asked to share their family connections to World War One as part of a national project commemorating the centenary of the conflict.

Critically-acclaimed multimedia production, Far, Far From Ypres, featuring a cast of 26, including Barbara Dickson, uses the songs of the trenches to tell the story of the Scottish war effort. It will tour ten venues in Scotland to mark 100 years since the end of World War One, with a performance at The Aros Centre in Portree on Friday 31 August.

At each performance, the show and theatre programme will incorporate stories from the local area, with producers currently appealing for stories from Skye and surrounding areas. Whether it was a great uncle who wrote letters home from the trenches, or a great granny who helped with the war effort on the home front, descendants are asked to share the stories of their forebears for potential inclusion.

Stories (200 words maximum) should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21 August, 2018.

Exciting finds have been uncovered during preparation for Broadford's new community hospital, to be located between the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital and the Broadford Health Centre.

In 2011, archaeologists supervising the site clearance of the Broadford Health Centre uncovered remains of an intriguing cairn-like structure, and numerous other features including: a grain-drying kiln; an underground stone-lined passage known as a ‘souterrain’; and a burial cist containing a ceramic Beaker vessel.

The ‘souterrain’ discovered on the site was dated to the Iron Age, around 600 BC to AD 500. The Beaker vessel was dated to 2300 to 2200 BC.

Preparation work will continue on Broadford's new community hospital site next week.  Starting next Monday 20 August 2018, an ecologist and staff from the AOC Archaeology Group will be on hand to supervise as mechanical diggers begin removing the vegetation and top soil from the site.

The early site strip has been organised in order to mitigate against any potential archaeological risk that could impact on construction, allowing sufficient time for archaeology work if this is required. An assessment will also be made over any potential ecological risks.

Actual construction of the new Community Hospital Hub is expected to start mid-2019.

The Inverness-based Homebase store will close, along with 9 other Scottish stores, the DIY retailer has confirmed.

The Scottish stores are among 42 across the UK that are to close between late 2018 and early 2019.

Restructuring company Hilco, which bought Homebase for £1 in May, says it is planning a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

A CVA is a controversial insolvency procedure used by struggling firms to shut under-performing shops. 

Homebase has already closed 17 stores across the UK this year, and axed 303 jobs at its headquarters in Milton Keynes.

The Scottish Government's Housing Minister will be visiting Skye.

Kevin Stewart, who was invited to come by Ms Forbes in her capacity as constituency MSP, will see affordable housing projects at Kyleakin and Kyle of Lochalsh on Tuesday 21 August, before going onto Fort William where he will also meet with the Lochaber Chambers of Commerce.

Housing continues to be big issue across the West Highlands, according to the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Housing has been repeated again and again on my constituency tour as an issue of major concern locally.

Almost £300,000 of Scottish Land Fund money will be spent on two important local projects.

The Staffin Community Development Trust will receive £231,700 – which will enable the group to purchase land to provide six affordable homes, two business units and a store.

Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust also got £67,240, and they will purchase the former Skye Bridge Toll Office building and the adjacent 80 acres known as The Plock of Kyle.

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes hailed the news, saying: "This is spectacularly good news for Staffin.

"As an area that has particularly suffered a lack of house-building, there is a chronic need for new housing.

A celebration event was held on Friday 10 August to mark a land transfer from Forest Enterprise Scotland to Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA).

Kate Forbes MSP was in attendance, and stated: “There are diggers at the Fairy Pools building a new car park, and I was delighted to officially cut the cake to celebrate.

“For two years the good people of Glenbrittle have struggled to get through the build-up of traffic at the Fairy Pools.

“Finally, with a lot of hard work, persistence and political will, Minginish Community Hall Association have the money, the land and plans to build a car park.

“This is an inspirational example of communities turning assets into money-making enterprises for local benefit. The car park will create an income stream for the hall association.

“It’s great to see charging already in place at the smaller car park and so the community are already receiving a small income.”

Skye will form the backdrop for an upcoming fantasy film.

Skarnen will tell the story of young prince Edrig, whose grip on reality is eroded as he struggles to live up to his deceased father.  

Written and directed by Tim Archibald, the film will be shot entirely on the Isle of Skye.  

Tim explains: “I want to utilize the expansive and brutal vistas to convey a lot of the atmosphere of the film and to portray the rising tension that Edrig and his men feel, trapped in a hostile environment.” 

Wind turbine blades are scheduled for delivery between Monday 13 and Friday 17 August.

The deliveries will result in slow-moving traffic and road users are advised to allow for an extra 20 to 30-minute delay to their journeys.

Portree was a hub of activity on Wednesday 8 August as crowds gathered to watch the annual Skye Highland Games.

A spokesperson for the committee told The Skye Times: "The Isle of Skye Highland Games Committee want to thank everyone who made the day a success.

"The weather was kind, the audience enthusiastic and all those who participated in events gave their all and entertained the crowd. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes throughout the year to prepare for the event.

"Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped out on the day. We would, however, like to extend our sympathies to those affected by the tragic car accident earlier in the day."