Four Skye businesses are among the final 50 chosen for this year’s Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2016 short list.

Kinloch Lodge, twice, together with The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan Castle and Lochshore House B&B at Kildonan have all made it into various categories of the competition.

The finalists stretch across the entire length of the region – from Shetland to Dunoon – and represent the best of the industry in areas such as hospitality, catering, innovation, hosting sporting events and managing tours and activities.

Two pay phones on Skye are amongst 178 been considered for removal by BT across the Highlands.

The boxes, one at Glenbrittle and the other at Tighean-Na-Glibe, Staffin are now, along with the rest part of a consultation process to see whether they stay or go.  Two other phones, at Plockton and Duirinish, Kyle are also under threat.

Now locals are being urged to have their say as part of a massive online consultation being carried out by Highland Council.
Regulation set out by Ofcom, the independent regulator, states that local authorities have the responsibility to co-ordinate consultations to gather views about proposed pay-phone removals.

Portree is to host one of a series of national roadshows and workshops as part of the drive to improve healthcare across the country.

The OurGP project is funded by the Scottish Government, managed by the (Health and Social Care) ALLIANCE along with an NHS ‘co-design’ team called mHabitat.

Their aim is to work with citizens using and staff working in GP services to explore how they might use more online and digital tools to help improve people’s wellbeing in the future.

Now on Thursday 20 October Portree, Aros Centre will host a workshop from 12pm - 6pm, followed by drop in session from 6pm - 8pm

The Scottish Government’s water regulator is urging those who need to improve private supplies to take advantage of grant funding which is now available.

Drinking Water Quality Regulator, Sue Petch, said: "Where tourist accommodation is served by a private water supply, a notice is required to be displayed to make visitors aware.

“Those wishing to improve their private supply can make use of grant funding provided by the Scottish Government. Anyone seeking advice or financial support can access this by contacting the environmental health department of their local authority."

Stricken MV Hebrides sailing under her own power today

 

Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Hebrides, today sailed under her own power Lochmaddy harbour heading towards dry dock in Greenock for repairs to the damage caused by last week-end’s collision

Her move frees up the linkspan at Lochmaddy and MV Clansman was expected to be the first vessel to dock at the port since Sunday with a 6pm berthing. She will be closely followed by MV Isle of Lewis at 1910. Both ships will help to ease the backlog of traffic, particularly freight. The Lewis will also drop off and embark lifeline loads for the Isle of Barra which, due to some sustained adverse weather, has had sailings cancelled this week.

 

He may have died tragically 35 years ago but Skye Camanachd will this week-end remember and old friend.

It was back in November 1981 when the body of their first team captain and half back George Michie was discovered near his home in Skeabost two days after he went missing. He was aged just 20 years old.

However, despite the passing of the years the close knit shinty club continues to remember his connection with the local game and so on Saturday (Oct 1st) Skye's encounter with rivals Kingussie in their Marine Harvest Premiership encounter will double up as the play off for the 2016 George Michie Memorial Cup. The game takes place at Portree's Pairc nan Laoch.

Kate Forbes MSP

The Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee is to delve deeper into growing concerns about plans to redesign hospital services in Skye.

They now want to further consult the Scottish Government and Scottish Ambulance Service on a petition from island campaigners which have called for an Independent Scrutiny Panel to examine NHS Highland's proposals.

Kyle lifeboat found itself called out in rough conditions once again yesterday after concerns for a person stuck on a small boat in Glenelg Bay.

The crew were paged at 6:20pm at the Request of Stornoway Coastguard,and launched just seven minutes later making best speed in poor conditions to arrive at the scene by 6:40pm.

They quickly found the male, who was unable to get off the small vessel due to the very high winds and large swell. They transferred hime onboard the lifeboat and headed for the jetty in Glenelg. However due to the conditions and debris in the water, the lifeboat was unable to get alongside and it was decided to transfer the gentleman to the Glenelg Ferry slipway.

If you want to see just how the rescue went and have the sealegs and stomach to cope then follow the link here

Up for sale

 

Just weeks after two Skye hotels were put on the market a third has gone up for sale.

Earlier this month the Kings Arms in Kyleakin and the three star rated Dunollie Hotel in Broadford were seeking new owners. Now one of island’s oldest establishments, the Ardvasar Hotel in Sleat, which dates back to the 1800s, has been put up for sale after long-time owner Richard Jeffrey decided to retire.

Mr Jeffrey, who has been in the hospitality sector for about 40 years, has appointed business property adviser Christie & Co to sell the 10 bedroom premises.

The hotel, which overlooks the Sound of Sleat with a view out to the Knoydart mountains beyond, has been owned and operated by Mr Jeffrey for 15 years.

Caledonian MacBrayne have confirmed that, weather permitting, the MV Hebrides, damaged after running aground, will move from her current location at the pier in Lochmaddy, North Uist tomorrow (Thursday September 29) and begin her journey to Greenock. She will enter dry dock at the end of the week.

However, although ships are to be moved around to covere for the stricken vessel there will be a knock on effect for Skye with a decrease in capacity on the run from Mallaig to Armadale, which Calmac say will continue to operate, albeit that the company accepts that it will encounter some tidal restrictions.