Bank of Scotland has revealed the design of its new £10 polymer note, which is due to enter circulation in Autumn 2017.

All existing paper Bank of Scotland £10 notes will be gradually withdrawn following the issue of the new note.

However, they will continue to be accepted at shops, banks and cash payment machines.

The front of the new note will continue to feature Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott alongside The Mound in Edinburgh.  The Glenfinnan Viaduct will remain on the reverse of the design.

Skyeworks Gallery have issued a call for artists and makers for various exhibitions this year.

The natural-light gallery in Portree can create niche exhibitions of tiny works or showcase large canvases.  

Several exhibitions are held there per year, each intended to represent a diverse and interesting collection of artwork suited to both locals and visitors.

The 2017 Submission Criteria:

Location of artists - preference firstly is for artists residing in Skye and Lochalsh, then on the Scottish islands, Scottish Highlands and thereafter radiating south and across the border.

Photos of artwork to be submitted by email for initial selection, together with title, medium, size and wall price for each.

Artwork should be relevant to the theme of each exhibition.

Artwork must be lightfast and heat resistant as the gallery has strong natural light all year round and can get very warm in summer.

Artists must be willing deliver and collect work or arrange as required. Skyeworks will not store work.

Further detailed criteria may be emailed as necessary.

Exhibitions held are as follows:

The Glenelg to Skye ferry will be out of action following recent wheelhouse work.

The ferry will be out of service on Tuesday May 30 and Wednesday May 31.

MV Glenachulish will return to normal service on Thursday June 1.

A free bicycle workshop was held on Friday May 26 with Mark Crowe of the Skye Bike Shack.

The afternoon of bicycle maintenance was part of the Big Bike Revival. 

Broadford and Strath Community Company stated on their Facebook page: "In the end it was like party met workshop!  Great vibe!"

Police Scotland have confirmed that a man has been traced.

The police stated that Jonathan McCrimmon was safe and well locally on the Isle of Skye and thank all who assisted them with the enquiry.

 

Views are sought from those living in the Highlands on such subjects as poverty, transport, mental health and wellbeing.

The Highland Community Planning Partnership (CPP) represents the network of organisations that come together with the wider community to plan services across Highland.

The Partnership is in the process of developing Highland’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan. The Local Outcome Improvement Plan will focus on what the Partnership intends to focus on to address inequality and target prevention in order to improve outcomes for people over the next 10 years. 

They want to hear from you about what you feel is important for your community to help shape what the plan will look like.

This survey will take you 15 – 25 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. All responses can be provided anonymously.

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee will write to the Scottish Government again about concerns relating to the redesign of health services in Skye and Lochalsh. 

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes participated in the discussion session, and highlighted the growing pressures on the provision of care and palliative beds. 

Afterwards the Skye MSP said: “From the meetings and correspondence I have had, it is loud and clear from both the north and south of the island that we need robust and dependable health services on Skye. 

“I attended the Public Petitions Committee on behalf of Skye residents again because I know how much interest there is in the outcome of this petition.

The keynote speakers have been announced for the Skye tourism meeting on Friday 9 June at the Aros Centre in Portree.

The meeting will be the first in a series organised by constituency MSP Kate Forbes to identify and find solutions to the pressures caused by increases in tourism on the island.  

Two of the driving forces behind a boom in tourism in Argyll and Bute and Inverness and Loch Ness will share their collective wisdom as they address next month’s discussion on Skye.

Carron Tobin, development manager for Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative, will explain how visitor pressures were addressed in and around Loch Lomond, whilst Graeme Ambrose, chief executive of VisitInvernessLochNess (VILN), will touch on the need for collaboration locally. 

Both of the guest speakers represent organisations that were commended by Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, whom Ms Forbes met with to discuss Skye tourism earlier this year.

 Carron Tobin of AITC said: “We have adopted a model which has worked for Argyll and we are keen to share our experiences. 

Isle of Skye Darts had their first tournament on Saturday 20 May.

Alistair "Ally K" Macpherson told The Skye Times: "It's about 20 years since darts was going in Skye.  A group of has have now put a committee together and our intention is to run some darts tournaments around Skye throughout the year."

33 players turned out for the tournament, using four darts boards.  

Ally K continued: "We were very lucky to have had ex-international players, Robert Thompson (now living in Skye) and Pally boy (Paul Hanvidge.)  Both played for Scotland and they were absolutely fantastic and gave us lots of ideas."

Portree and Broadford Scottish Fire and Rescue service worked for four hours to free a one-tonne bull from a peat bog.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted to the stuck animal at about 15:00 on Tuesday 23 May.

The bull had got into difficulty in a bog near Struan Hill Road in north Skye.