A rock fall at Scorrybreac has resulted in walkers being advised to stay away from the path.

The fall took place on Saturday 19 August, north of the Black Rock on the Scorrybreac headland.  

A low level inspection was carried out, resulting in the path's closure and appropriate signage put in place.  An inspection then took place at the top of the ridge.  

The headland is managed by the Clan MacNicol Trust, who stated: "We cannot stress enough how unstable this area of rock is and would strongly urge all walkers who are using the path not to pass the signs or fencing, as the area is extremely dangerous.

"In the coming days we’ll seek expert advice on how to make the area safe and hopefully open the path as soon as possible."

 

Portree RNLI assisted with two incidents on Sunday 20 August.

Earlier in the day, the Lifeboat was tasked by Stornoway Coastguard to assist in a medical evacuation from Rona.

The casualty was conveyed to Portree and were then handed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The second incident took place when the Lifeboat crew were tasked to assist with a medical evacuation from the Isle of Raasay.

 

Staffin and Trotternish residents are encouraged to share their views on a proposed new designation to help protect fossils.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has proposed that a “Nature Conservation Order” (NCO) to protect fossils finds is introduced.

SNH’s Colin MacFadyen said the conservation agency was keen to do all it could to protect important finds in Staffin, but stressed the proposed designation would not restrict access for local people or holidaymakers.  

“Fossil remains of dinosaurs, and other vertebrates, dating from the Middle Jurassic (175-160 million years ago), are globally rare,” he said.

“Some coastal beaches and cliffs locations in Skye have been identified where such remains occur notably in the north-east of the island in Staffin and north of Elgol, in the south. These fossils are therefore of major international significance. Natural erosion reveals the fossils which become exposed and may be found in the exposed bedrock and in water-washed beach deposits.

“In recent years there have been incidents in Skye where dinosaur fossil remains have been hammered and fragmented by amateur collecting, or perhaps even damaged intentionally. As each and every dinosaur fossil could provide vital information on the evolution of these animals, vertebrates generally and Skye’s Middle Jurassic ecosystems, it is important to try and safeguard them. 

“A Nature Conservation Order is proposed to protect ‘vertebrate ‘trace’ fossils (tracks and/or individual footprints) and associated vertebrate ‘body’ fossils (such as bones and teeth’. However, given that fossil material is continually coming to light, and scientific research is ongoing, a mechanism is being sought ensure that dinosaur fossil material will continue to be collected for research and public exhibition. This would be consented collecting operated by means of a permit system.”

The NCO will not affect land management and public access to the areas affected. Its only manifestation on the ground may be signage located at established access points to stretches of coastline. SNH will prepare the case for the NCO, under the provisions in the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, with the Order being made, hopefully as soon as it can be managed, by the Scottish Government.

SNH would like to hear the views and concerns of those who consider they may be affected by the proposed NCO.

For further information, contact Mr MacFadyen by 5pm on Thursday 7 September by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning: 0131 316 2616.

Procedural guidance, derived from the Scottish Fossil Code, has been prepared for amateur fossil enthusiasts/collectors and the general public and can be read via the SNH website at http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/safeguarding-geodiversity/protecting/skye-fossils

Various NHS Highland sites face temporary admission restrictions due to staffing pressures.

A ward at Lawson Memorial Hospital in Golspie is the latest to go under temporary restriction, with similar measures being carried out at Portree on Skye and New Craigs Hospital in Inverness.

Extreme staffing concerns have meant restricting in-patients admissions as a temporary measure to ensure staff can deliver a safe level of care.

The board is pushing forward with major service change programmes underway in Badenoch & Strathspey, Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross, Lochaber and now Caithness in order to provide a safe, sustainable service in the future.

While these wide-ranging reviews are a step in the right direction the board is preparing to carry out a hospital bed strategy across Highland.

Senior charge nurse, Joanne Gemmill, said: “Despite being fragile, we have been actively managing the staffing situation over recent weeks to ensure all shifts were safely covered.  Unfortunately, more essential staff have gone on sick leave this week and we have exhausted all options to cover these additional shifts.

 

The Quiraing 10k was held as part of the Uig Gala on Saturday 19 August.

The winner was Andrew Grieve with an excellent time of 34 minutes and 37 seconds - also his personal best.

The full results are below:

The rain may have forced Kyle Gala-goers into the community hall, but it certainly didn't prevent the Clan Stunt Show from wowing their audience.

Cyclists, Ross and Danny, braved the wet weather to perform at the Gala.  

Three males were lost in poor weather conditions on Friday 18 August.

Skye Mountain Rescue Team rescued the three men, who were lost north-west of Sgurr Dearg.

 

Members of Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) were involved in 436 incidents last year, according to the national body's latest statistics - with August being the busiest month of the year.

A call has been issued for anyone looking to take part in a new BBC series.

The series will follow the lives of people who live in the UK but plan to spend the winter abroad.

Friel Kean Films are looking for anyone who is tired of UK winters and plans to escape for the first time this year.  Whether it's fulfilling a retirement dream or taking work overseas, they want to hear from you.  

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 331 0318.

Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust needs a new logo - and they've launched a children's competition in order to find one.

The Trust are looking for a logo idea that best represents the extensive area they cover.  

In order to help give the children some ideas and inspirations for drawing, the Trust are asking what makes Kyle and Lochalsh unique and special for people that live here?

They have invited anyone to post to their Facebook page names of places, wildlife and people; traditions; poems; videos - anything that reminds you of our area and what you would like to see on a logo!

There will be an opportunity for the kids to draw logos at the Kyle Gala on Saturday 19 August.  

However, the Trust will be accepting drawings until Monday 11 September.

All drawings will be then displayed at the local Co-op for about a couple of weeks.

Members of the Trust will be choosing the best logo idea at the next AGM, planned at the end of September/beginning of October.

Portree RNLI Open Day successfully raised over £6000 - all of which will go towards keeping the Portree RNLI operational.

The RNLI requires donations in order to function and the Open Day, held on Saturday 12 August, enabled the Portree crew to raise funds - as well as showing the public round their lifeboat.  

The Portree crew have extended their thanks to local businesses, individual supporters and the community for their help in making the day a success.