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.

Police are attempting to reunite a dog with its owner.

The dog has been handed into a local police station.

Police describe the dog as "lovely" and ask anyone who thinks the dog is theirs to phone 101.  

A leaflet designed to educate visitors travelling through Skye and Raasay has been published.

Diagrams on how to drive on single track roads, instructions on preserving the local countryside and a list of public toilets are all included in the booklet.

Published by SkyeConnect, 15,000 copies of the locally-printed leaflet are being distributed throughout the area.  A .pdf version can be found in Dropbox.

SkyeConnect say they are hoping to issue an abridged version in various languages for the benefit of international visitors.  They also hope to include further information on electric car charging points and camp sites.

A number of boxes have been left at Portree's Visit Scotland office.  SkyeConnect say anyone who needs them can pick them up or print their own off.

 

 

A detailed review of Portree Community Centre will be undertaken.

The building has been closed to the public since April 2018 due to water damage.

A new board of eight Trustees have been selected and are keen to ensure the building can continue to meet the needs of the local community.

Speaking on behalf of the new committee, local business owner, Thomas Wilson, said: “I am delighted to be chairing a strong board of volunteers all of whom bring a wide range of skills to our project.

"Our aim is to ensure the Portree Community Centre will provide sustainable benefits and significant value to the community of Portree and the Isle of Skye.

"We have had several meetings already and are busy preparing for the work which is needed to get the Community Centre back to a state where it can again be used safely. We are awaiting a loss adjuster from the insurance company and are in the process of assessing how the Centre meets the need of the community and how we can make sure the facility and surrounding area can deliver long into the future.

"We know there is a strong desire from the community to see the centre open and available, but our immediate priority is to ensure it is safe to use.”

The committee will be issuing regular updates via their website and Facebook page.

A 91-year-old lady has shared her memories of a pre-NHS Skye.

An Acarsaid resident, Catherine (Katie) Matheson, related: “The family were delighted when the NHS started, as we no longer had to pay and we got better care."

The NHS came into being 70 years ago on 5th July 1948.

Katie, originally from Waternish, said it cost her family four shillings, or around £7 in today's money, every time they called a doctor out.