Police are searching for Good Samaritans who came to the aid of a cyclist.

The police say the people stopped to help the cyclist, who fell in between Shieldaig and Applecross on Saturday 14 July.  

Police have asked the people to get in touch on 101.

 

Police have praised the people of Skye for their support following the theft of a bicycle.

The Specialized Dolce Evo cycle belonged to visitor and was stolen in Broadford on Saturday 14 July.  Locals were swift to come to the visitor's aid.  

The bicycle and belongings were recovered and reunited with their owner the next day.  Police say a local man has been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police stated: "The owner of the bicycle would like to convey her thanks to all who provided offers of support, food and travel whilst efforts were ongoing to recover her property. Special thanks to Love From Skye, Carters Cabin and Skye Jeep Tours. Yet again the people of Skye have done the area proud in the face of disappointing circumstances."

New public eco-toilets could come to the Kilmuir area, if suggested development projects get the go ahead.

A Kilmuir Community Council consultation event outlined the benefits a Development Trust could bring to the area.   The presentation which ended with a question and answer session included the key steps in the process of setting up a Trust and highlighted the support available for communities who wish to establish Trusts for their area.

Potential projects suggested included developing facilities at the village hall, providing tourist and visitor information in the area, improving Camus Mor slipway and exploring options for Duntulm Castle.

Chair of the Kilmuir Community Council, Stephen Varwell, said: “The support for a Trust was overwhelmingly positive. It was clear such an organisation would be supported and welcomed in the community and as such it could really complement the role of other community Groups in Kilmuir.

A yacht with engine problems north-east of Staffin was towed back to Portree.

Portree Lifeboat headed out to the vessel on Sunday 15 July at 8:35pm.  After locating the 10 metre yacht, it was towed back to Portree Harbour.  

At 1am the yacht was transferred to a visitor mooring.  

A Waternish-based artist has relocated his studio.

Ian Williams, and his wife, Gill, have moved to Skeabost.  Ian told The Skye Times: "The move has been quite amazing - it feels as if it was meant to be."

The Williams' old gallery, Brae Fasach, is now in the hands of Richard and Sarah Boone.  

A new studio and shop has been built in the Williams' new premises.  Ian said: "It is great to be able to work once again next to where I display.  Visitors will see how 'it' is done.

"I am taking inspiration already from our new environment: the trees, water, wildlife, skies and our neighbours have all given me a new breath of clear and fresh air."

Gill finds inspiration from the night skies, regularly photographing aurora borealis and creating photobooks.  

A new attraction at Lealt Falls will be opened later this month, if all goes to plan.

The new viewing platform will form part of the Skye Ecomuseum.  Development is still underway and the area remains closed to the public.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) hopes the year-round public attraction will showcase the Trotternish landscape and looks forward to telling the story of Lealt and the rest of the district through new interpretation signage.  The platform will be wheelchair accessible.  

A casualty was rescued near Kyle of Lochalsh.

The lifeboat and coastguard assisted the casualty on the shore at Loch Na Beiste.

The casualty was then taken to the RNLI station and passed into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A bicycle stolen in Broadford has been reunited with its owner.

Police appealed for information after the bike was stolen outside the Harbour Restaurant around 6pm yesterday (Saturday 14 July.)

The bike was a Specialized Dolce Evo cycle belonging to a Skye visitor.  

 

Scotland's first salmon farming visitor centre and cafe has been planned for Skye.

Kyleakin site manager, Kevin O’Leary, expects the Marine Harvest factory to be open by the end of this year.  Once the plant was running smoothly, he said the focus would be on developing the visitor centre and an accommodation block.

“Our plan is to build two extra buildings,” explained Mr O’Leary. “One is an accommodation block for people visiting, because in Skye it can be quite a struggle to get accommodation, and the other is a visitor centre built overlooking the gorgeous view to Raasay and beyond.

“If somebody comes on Skye, it’s one of the first places they can stop on the main road, and we’d like to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about Marine Harvest and salmon farming while enjoying a taste of our Scottish salmon.

“After we get the factory up and running at full capacity we can start to concentrate on those buildings. We’re just at the initial stages of planning, but would like to build something that really impresses visitors to Skye as well as our local community.”

Marine Harvest has spent upwards of £100 million on the Kyleakin feed plant, which will have an annual capacity of 170,000 tonnes.

Three Mountain Rescue Teams came to the assistance of an injured walker.

Kintail Mountain Rescue Team received the initial call out to the casualty, who had taken a tumble when descending from the South Shiel Ridge.

The Coastguard helicopter was unable to reach the walker due to low cloud, but Skye and Glenelg Mountain Rescue Teams assisted with carrying the casualty over difficult ground.  

The Kintail Team praised the casualty, who had gone walking well-equipped, administered First Aid to himself correctly and gave an accurate grid reference to help the teams locate him.