Be on your guard against bogus workmen, Highlands and Islands police have warned.

The police say that individuals may see the bad weather as an opportunity to defraud home owners by offering home repairs which aren't needed or have been exaggerated.

Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh Preventions and Interventions officer PC Katy Duncan has urged people to be wary of these unscrupulous individuals.

She said: "Please be vigilant of anyone calling at your home offering to carry out repair work on roofs and chimneys, or offering to cut down trees which are dangerous.

"No genuine tradesman will cold call at your door offering to do such work.

Official figures show the economy in Scotland has grown by 0.5%, says Scotland's Chief Statistician.

These figures show Scotland has outperformed the UK in the second quarter of 2018, as the UK were at 0.4%.

In the first half of this year, Scottish GDP grew by 0.8 per cent – ahead of the UK at 0.6 per cent over the same period, and already higher than the 0.7 per cent growth forecast by the Scottish Fiscal Committee for 2018 as a whole.

The last year has seen the Scottish economy grow by a total of 1.7 per cent, whilst the UK lags behind on 1.3 per cent.

A free workshop to assist farming families will be held on the island.

Family farm businesses are invited to register for the third year of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme from Monday 3 September onwards.

Up to 20 farming families can join the highly successful initiative in each location. Aimed at dairy, beef, and sheep farmers, it helps farming families to make changes to improve their business and ensure their viability.
83% of participating farmers said they have made greater efficiencies because of taking part, and 9 in 10 say they feel more confident for the future of their business.

This year’s workshops include:

The Moll road will be closed until further notice, the Highland Council ha said.

The landslip, which occurred at the Loch Ainort section of the road, has covered the full width of the single track road and includes a collapsed culvert.

Advance ‘road closed ahead’ signs have been located at various points along the Moll Road from its north and south ends at locations that allow turning. Access will be maintained to all properties but there will be no through traffic.

Part of the new Fairy Pools car park opened yesterday (Tuesday 18 September.)

The upper tier opening was described by the organisers as the "first step in the project's objective to help reduce the current congestion along the single-track road leading to Glenbrittle."

Organisers say the lower tier and linking loop should be completed by mid-November.

Six people were assisted from a sinking yacht by Portree RNLI.

The yacht, located in the Shieldaig area, had dragged her anchor during the night and collided with submerged rocks.  

Portree Lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday 16 September to help with the large hole on the bow.  They stated: "Two lifeboat crew were put aboard with the salvage pump in a frantic bid to stop the vessel from sinking.  The vessel was then taken under tow by the lifeboat and a course set for Portree where repairs could be made.

An area of Skye that sparked great enthusiasm could now be under threat.

The discovery of meteorite evidence on Skye launched worldwide excitement.  Meteorite deposits were recently found at the base of Skye’s 60 million year old lava sequence and contain mineral material from outer space that has not been found on this planet before.

Now, says Dr Simon Drake of Birkbeck University, that discovery has been the victim of geo-vandalism. He told The Skye Times that the site at the chambered cairn has been targeted by meteorite hunters. "Samples are now being sold on eBay and we fear the site will continue to sustain damage for commercial gain," he stated.

Dr Drake continued: "Our findings represent the first evidence of meteorite impact within the British Palaeogene Igneous Province of which Skye forms part. Evidence suggests this impact event acted as a driver for Skye's volcanic episode some 60-61 million years ago."

The unauthorised removal of any of the deposit could be in contravention of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and against the law.

Don't attempt to use the Moll loop road, warns Amanda Nairne.

Amanda took to Facebook to inform other road users that "the Moll loop road is somewhat impassible after it slipped into the sea!"

The Moll road, located near Sconser, forms an alternative route if the main road should be blocked.  

The Fairy Glen has been transformed over the weekend, thanks to the hard work of over 20 volunteers.

After a photograph of multiple cairns sparked outrage on the Internet, volunteers headed to the Fairy Glen on Saturday 15 September to dismantle the rocks, claiming they posed a danger to wildlife, plant life and even people.  

Sylvia Porter, admin of the Staffin, Isle of Skye, Scotland Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "One resident produced a leaflet explaining the Fairy Glen and the outdoor access code.

"These were given out on the day to tourists visiting and will be available in local shops.

A wildlife cameraman who has worked on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth will be heading to Skye as part of a tour.

Doug Allen will share behind-the-scenes stories in his entertaining and informative show.  He will also highlight the most challenging assignments of his 35-year-long career that has seen him film wildlife on the Arctic and the deep oceans.

Born in Fife, Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a scientist, research diver and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983.