A Skye building is in the running for an award.

An Crùbh, based in south Skye, has been listed as one of 25 potentially award-winning buildings.  

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has unveiled the list for their 2018 awards.

Stewart Henderson, president of the RIAS, commented: “When shortlisting this year's entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive. Practices, large and small, continue to demonstrate the strength and purpose of the profession in Scotland.”

This year’s panel includes RIAS president, Stewart Henderson, Joanna van Heyningen OBE RIBA, van Heyningen and Haward Architects; Stuart McKill, senior executive and managing director, Saint-Gobain; Jon Stevenson, director of Wood for Good and Rachel Tennant Hon FRIAS, Landscape Institute Scotland.

In alphabetical order the shortlisted entries are:

The second distillery on Skye opened its visitor centre yesterday (Monday 19 March.)

Torabhaig Distillery, located at Teangue, has been producing Single Malt Whisky since January 2017.  

The new centre has a courtyard, café and shop - collectively forming the starting point for tours around the distillery.  

Ian Blackford MP took to Facebook to congratulate the team behind the distillery, saying: "Torabhaig is only the second distillery on Skye and I am always pleased to welcome new facilities and attractions which will give people even more reason to visit our beautiful island and boost the local economy."



Kyle Community Council area locals had the chance to cast their votes on Saturday 17 March 2018 at the first ever ‘Kyle Let’s Decide’ participatory budgeting event held in the Lighthouse Centre, and as a result a wide range of community projects are now set to benefit.
Around 60 people took part in deciding which projects should be supported from the £10,000 funding pot.  £4,000 was made available by the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Councillors from their Ward Discretionary Budget and this was boosted by £6,000 from the Scottish Government Community Choices fund.

Road policing officers in the Highlands will be focusing their efforts on speeding around schools with a dedicated operation either side of the Easter holidays.

Road safety is a priority locally for Police Scotland and concerns are regularly raised by communities about driver behaviour near schools.

Officers will be carrying out enforcement activity around schools aiming at deterring speeding and taking action against anyone found to be breaking the speed limit.

The operation will run from Monday 26 March until Wednesday 28 March - and then again between Monday 16 April and Friday 20 April.

Suggestions from Scottish Tory MPs, that Scotland's fishermen should move on and focus on 2020 following the Brexit transition agreement between the UK and the EU, have been described as "unforgiveable" by a leading Highland MSP.

Kate Forbes MSP, whose Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency means she represents fishermen on both the west and east coasts of Scotland, told the Scottish Parliament that the Tories had betrayed Scotland's fishermen after previously pledging to safeguard their interests in Brexit negotiations. 

Ms Forbes made the comments as she raised an urgent question in the Holyrood chamber, and her sentiments were echoed by the response from Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.

All homes in Scotland are set to have a minimum number of smoke alarms after a 30-year-old law is amended.

Currently, the standards are applied to new-build and private rented houses.  However, chances to the Housing (Scotland) Act are being made and will apply to all homes in Scotland.

The law will require private homes to have at least one smoke alarm installed in the most-frequently used room, at least one smoke alarm in spaces such as hallways and landings, at least one heat alarm in every kitchen and a carbon monoxide detector.

In addition, there will be a 10-year age limit for alarms and all alarms will have to be ceiling-mounted, and should be interlinked.

Police Scotland is encouraging people to report any concerns about finding remains of birds of prey following the non-suspicious death of a golden eagle in the Western Isles.
The carcass of the bird was discovered on Barra on the afternoon of Monday, March 12th, by members of the public. Following a post-mortem, it has been established that there are no suspicious circumstances.
Wildlife crime officer Constable Daniel Sutherland said: "It has been established that this bird succumbed to injuries which are consistent with being inflicted by another eagle.

The MSP spearheading a campaign to ban plastic straws has called on Scotland’s music festivals to reduce single-use plastics at their events.

Kate Forbes MSP’s intervention follows HebCelt’s announcement last week that plastic products will no longer be used on site. As well as encourage revellers to use re-usable water bottles, they will supply free biodegradable paper cups – plastic straws were banned at HebCelt four years ago.  

Ms Forbes, who is also a member of Holyrood’s Environment Committee, has written to the organisers of the main festivals such as Belladrum, Electric Fields and TRNSMT, and urged them to reduce plastic waste.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: “As a proud Highlander, it is great to see HebCelt leading the way in banning all single-use plastics at this year’s festival.

“The organisers have led the way previously as they banned plastic straws in 2014.

Six candidates have been selected for the Young Films Foundation residency of Skye.

The residency will be held this year from 19 May to 24 May and will bring together candidates from Glasgow, Isle of Lewis, Skye of Lochalsh and Edinburgh.

Following interviews at the Glasgow Film Festival the 6 successful interviewees were presented during the Industry Drinks Event, hosted by the Young Films Foundation and Channel 4, at the CCA, Glasgow on 26 February.

They are:

A five day course will take place at Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye aimed at supporting unemployed people prepare for work.
The course, organised by The Highland Council’s Employability Team in association with West Highland College and Job Centre Plus, will particularly focus on the job opportunities currently in the pipeline following  the announcement that Marine Harvest are opening a new plant in Kyleakin.
Twenty new posts are expected to be created so the short course, commissioned by the Council’s Employability team and delivered by West Highland College, is specifically aimed at helping unemployed local residents improve their employability chances and pick up new skills to help them find work.