Marine Harvest will be looking to fill 55 posts at a fish feed factory.

Highland Council approved the project in February.  The quarry at Kyleakin is being developed at a cost of £93m.

The construction of the factory is expected to be completed in the autumn of next year.

Marine Harvest said the 55 vacancies were across a range of disciplines including production, logistics, maintenance and health and safety.

Some of those vacancies are available to view here at The Skye Times job page.

Police Scotland is urging the public to be vigilant after skimming devices were reported on cash machines in the Beauly and Nairn areas.

Both incidents involved a device being fitted to the ATMs which "captured" the bank card of anyone who used it and refused to return the card after an attempted transaction.

Cameras were also fitted to film the user entering the PIN code for the stolen card.

Two men - aged 24 and 25-years-old - have been arrested in connection with these incidents and are due to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court in due course.

Both the Nairn and Beauly incidents were reported to Police on Friday, July 21.

Police Scotland want to make anybody using a cash machine alert to this particular type of scam and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious around an ATM to report it immediately to Police, as well as the bank or shop where the cash machine is located.

Police Scotland offer the following advice:

A new befriending and support service has been formed for the Skye and Lochalsh area.

Skye and Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends will recruit volunteer befrienders in order to deliver its service from October.

The Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations has joined forced with Highland Hospice to create the service, which will work closely with the Hospice's existing "Helping Hands" initiative.

Jo Ford, Senior Officer for Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) explained: “Over the past couple of years an increasing number of residents have been noting the number of lonely or isolated people in our community. Tradesmen, police and others are telling us that there are many people in Skye and Lochalsh in need of company and who would benefit from befriending.”

She continued, “There are some drop-in cafes and social events which run locally, but these are not accessible or appropriate to everyone. When we first spoke to Highland Hospice a year ago, we looked at a number of groups they could work with. However, it became clear that, with the Hospice providing the foundation for a permanent service, SLCVO should take this on – especially as we have the contacts for volunteers and other local organisations needed to develop this project.”

Acting Inspector Bruce Crawford from Portree Police Station agreed with Jo, and stated: “The stunning nature of the Skye and Lochalsh landscape that draws many thousands of visitors is often the very thing that leads to isolation and loneliness amongst some residents. With 80% of calls attended by local officers being non-criminal it is clear that vulnerability plays a large part in much of the work being carried out by Police Scotland.  A service aimed at supporting those in need of friendship and company will undoubtedly complement the work already being undertaken by the Police and partner agencies and help to improve the quality of life of those in need of additional support and human interaction”

NHS Community Development Officer Jean Macrae is also backing the project through in a number of ways, with one Kyle GP Surgery already having offered their waiting room as an opportunity to recruit volunteers.

Sconser could have its very own bunkhouse, if a planning application submitted to the Highland Council proves successful.

Morag and Hector Nicolson intend to build a small bunkhouse on their land, which is adjacent to the ferry carpark.  

Mr Nicolson has lived all his life in Sconser.  He works as a stone mason and dry stone waller, so plans to undertake the stonework on the bunkhouse himself.

Mrs Nicolson has retired from her job in the High School and currently runs a small holiday letting cottage adjacent to their house.  

The bunkhouse is intended as a new business venture for the couple in their later working years.  

The proposed building is on the site of an old ruined blackhouse.  

As the intended clients will be visitors arriving by bus, foot, ferry and bike, no car parking facilities are planned adjacent to the bunkhouse.  

This and further planning applications can be viewed here.

A yacht visiting the Sound of Raasay suffered engine failure today (Sunday 23 July.)

The yacht was located around two miles north of Portree and, thanks to the weather, was becalmed and at potential risk.

RNLI Portree towed the yacht back to Portree, where she is now secured pending engine maintenance.  

A 77 year-old man who lives on Skye has been selected to compete in the Four Nations Powerlifting Championships in Ireland this weekend.

David Hearn will represent Scotland against teams from Ireland, Wales and England in Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

The team of 12 must include five men, three women and a master, someone over 40 years old.  Master classes are divided into age groups ascending every five years.

Mr Hearn, now retired from a 30 year long career as a firefighter in Glasgow, is a master level 8.  In his last World Drug Free Federation Championships, Mr Hearn won his class of 75-80 year olds. He was one of three competitors in the M8 category.

The septuagenarian can bench press 85 kilograms, squat 112.5 kilograms and deadlift an outstanding 155 kilograms.

Mr Hearn intends to start with a comfortable weight at the start of the competition, before moving up and trying to beat his own record.

Skye Live have announced the line-up for their 2017 event.

The two day festival will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 of September at The Lump in Portree.

Those included in the line-up this year include Dekmantel Soundsystem, Shanti Celeste, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Joy Orbison, Eclair Fifi and Optimo amongst others.

For the entire line-up, visit the Skye Live site here.

A large quantity of salmon heads has been dumped in a burn at Armadale.

Police Scotland said the fly-tipping incident may be connected to an attempt at doorstep sale of salmon.

They have appealed for anyone with information to contact the force.

A second survey is underway regarding Sleat health, wellbeing and sports facilities.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig recently embarked on a student and staff survey to determine what health, wellbeing and sports facilities were required at the land on the College’s campus as part of the Kilbeg master plan.

This was followed by an open public meeting on Thursday 29th June to invite the views of the wider Sleat community and it was agreed that a second survey should be circulated providing the community with the opportunity to participate in the consultation exercise.

Your can access the survey here at

Tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air ceisteachan a sgaoileadh do dh'oileanaich is luchd-obrach na Colaiste o chionn ghoirid feuch dè na goireasan spòrs is slàinte a bhiodh a dhìth air àrainn na Colaiste an lùib mòr-phlana na Cille Bige.

Chaidh coinneamh phoblach a chumail an uair sin air Diardaoin 29 An t-Ògmhios airson beachdan muinntir Shlèite a chruinneachadh agus chaidh aontachadh gun rachadh ceisteachan eile a sgaoileadh a bheireadh cothrom don choimhearsnachd a thighinn an sàs anns a' cho-chomhairleachadh.

Bhitheamaid fada nur comain nam b' urrainn dhuibh an ceisteachan goirid seo a lìonadh mar a gheibhear aig

Tapadh leibh airson taic a thoirt don phròiseict.

Photograph from Sleat Community Council Facebook page.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public exhibition events to share proposals for construction work at the Skye triangle ports of Tarbert (Harris), Uig and Lochmaddy.

The proposals cover prospective work to improve harbour infrastructure and operations for the arrival of the new 102 metre dual fuel ferry currently being built by CMAL to service the route.

The public exhibitions and consultations are being undertaken as part of the application process for the required marine licences for works at the ports.  They will allow local communities and other interested parties to comment on proposals at an early stage, before final applications for the works at each port are submitted.  The events are also a follow-up to a series of public meetings held in April this year.

Ruth McIntosh, Principal Planning Engineer at CMAL said: “We visited each of the communities in April this year to let them know about our initial plans to explore harbour modifications.  At those meetings, we undertook to consider the comments received and update communities with developments as they progress.  The public exhibitions in September are an opportunity for communities to see how the plans have developed and have their say on the proposals.  

“We are now completing what we call the port master plans.  Drawings showing the preferred options for work at each harbour will be published online prior to the events in September and discussed at the exhibitions.  No final decisions have been made on what work will be carried out, and the works are subject to funding availability.  We encourage those with an interest in this prospective work to come along to find out more and ask questions.”

The public exhibitions will take place: