Sleat has suffered another and significant transport link setback with the news that its public bus service has been cut.

As well as on going difficulties with the Calmac ferry service between Mallaig and Armadale, which is said to be impacting on local businesses, Sleat Community Council say that the south end of Skye has now effectively been left without a commercial bus service.

Based on what they say is information  received from the Highland Council Public Transport Team and Stagecoach Ltd, the Community Council said: "Due to on-going contractual issues between Highland Council and its public bus services with effect from Monday 24th April there will be NO commercial bus service operating between Armadale/Broadford/Portree.

"The exception to this is the 152 schools service that operates at 0730 from Ardvasar (does not stop at the Pier) and arrives Portree 0849. The return school bus leaves Portree 1530 and arrives Ardvasar 1654.

"No dates yet have been given by the Highland Council and Stagecoach for the re-introduction of the 52 summer service which could be 22nd May or 5th June or perhaps earlier. Talks are on-going."

They added: "We will be communicating this to CalMac, Scotrail as independent travellers coming from and to Mallaig will be required to seek alternative travel arrangements. Please help those passengers wherever you can."

Neither Highland Council or Stagecoach were available for comment.