A yellow "Be Aware" warning has been issued regarding ice on Skye and Lochalsh.

The warning is active from 6pm on Tuesday 28 until 10am on Wednesday 29.

In addition, there is a slight risk of snow accumulations above 200m. 

 

There was nationwide admiration and support over the weekend for Skye and Lochaber Police as they used their Twitter feed to appeal directly to women who are the victims of violence and intimidation in their own homes.

In a series of co-ordinated tweets, they addressed “A letter to a young woman in #Skye” saying “We know you follow this account and want you to see this. We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you

Gwen Culbertson and Mairi Macdonald pictured with journalist Torquil Crichton, Donald 'Ryno' Morrison of Storlann, and Cathy Macdonald

A website of resources for Gaelic Medium Education, run by two primary school teachers from Skye, has won for the Scottish Gaelic Award for Innovation in Education, after being shortlisted last year.

The website, Lasadh, is managed by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig and led by teachers Gwen Culbertson and Mairi Macdonald, who both teach in Bun-sgoil Shleite.

The Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre will be closed for the morning of Friday 24 November.

The Centre will reopen in the afternoon from 2pm tp 5pm.

Budding young entrepreneurs with ideas for social enterprises or businesses are encouraged to submit their idea to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise are offering two young entrepreneurs membership to the newly-established Impact Hub Inverness for the whole of 2018, which marks the Year of Young People. The successful applicants will gain access to a year-long business support package to help bring their business ideas to life.

The closing dates for submissions is Thursday 30th November 2017. 

More details can be found here.

Consultation events will take place in November 2017 about the Fort Augustus to Skye Project

The project will provide an increase of electrical capacity for the Isle of Skye, an additional 132kV overhead line to Skye is required to enable the connection of new generation located in the north of the island.

This will also improve the resilience of the transmission network between Fort Augustus and Skye.

Kate Forbes MSP will be attending Thursday’s (9 November) session of the Public Petitions Committee, as it considers a campaign from SOS Skye that calls for an independent scrutiny panel to examine NHS Highland’s major service change proposals in Skye and Lochalsh.

Since being lodged at the Scottish Parliament in 2015, the petition has been discussed six times by the cross-party committee.

According to official papers for the meeting, the committee will have the choice of closing the petition – meaning the matter goes no further at Holyrood – or “to take any other action the Committee considers appropriate.”

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I will be attending the petitions committee once again this week as they consider the petition on the redesign of healthcare on Skye.

The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop, will give a keynote address on the Isle of Skye this week as well as take questions directly from local residents and businesses.

On Friday (3 November) over 100 people are expected to attend the event at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on the south end of the island. Senior representatives from Highland Council, Visit Scotland, Police Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise will make up the top table panel along with the Cabinet Secretary.

The meeting has been organised by Kate Forbes MSP as part of an ongoing process to identify and find solutions to tourism infrastructure pressures on Skye.

Over the summer season some of the roads and facilities around the island’s major tourist attractions have come under significant strain with a six-fold increase in the population during peak months.

Mairead Hamilton, who is 27 years old, from Sleat, and a trainee director on BBC ALBA’s Gaelic drama Bannan, has won a one-year placement on the coveted MA Television Fiction Writing Course at Glasgow Caledonian University.   

Mairead is pictured above working on the set of Bannan.

MG ALBA, the Gaelic media service, is committed to offering its support to current and aspiring Gaelic media industry professionals through a number of initiatives.

Work continuing at the new hub building

 

Safety concerns around the still under construction An Crùbh community hub building has led to a change of arrangements for the planned open evening and AGM.

Camuscross and Duisdale Initiative have drawn up alternative plans for tomorrow evening (Dec 1) and are determined to go ahead and showcase the new building which is set to become the new heart of the local community.

They say: "The evening IS going ahead in an amended form this Thursday. However the building contractor has just let us know about safety concerns and about the availability of parking, with a larger number of people expected on what is still a very active building site. So we have had to make some changes to the format of the evening


Highland Council Trading Standards is warning  residents to be on their guard against Council Tax scam telephone calls

The scam involves unsuspecting consumers receiving a phone call from an individual regarding their current council tax bill and if they feel that they are paying too much. The caller then offers to investigate further for an up-front fee.

The scammer then asks for the resident's debit card payment details in order to pay an up-front fee of £69.00. The caller ID number used in one of the incidents reported to Highland Council Trading Standards was from telephone number: 0203 769 3102

Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney


BBC ALBA is to once again provide live coverage of the highpoint of the traditional music calendar - the much-anticipated 2016 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy and Tony Kearney live from the Caird Hall in Dundee, on Saturday 3 December the evening of music will acknowledge Scotland’s best traditional musicians for 2016.

Joining the party will be BBC ALBA viewers across Scotland plus a global audience, with live worldwide streaming via the BBC ALBA website at www.bbc.co.uk/alba. For radio listeners, live coverage of the event will also be available on BBC Radio Scotland from 9.00 until 11.00pm.

Your daily news and information website for the Isles of Skye and Raasay is adding a new facility – super low-cost advertising for local businesses to help people trying to shop, trade and buy products and services locally.

With thousands of users every week, The Skye Times is offering businesses throughout Skye and Raasay a new kind of chance to promote themselves through our new page for only £50+VAT year.   (http://www.theskyetimes.co.uk/index.php/advertising-page)

Each advert links through to any existing web presence – the key idea is to broaden the impact of that – just because you already have a Facebook Page or website doesn’t mean that anyone else knows that!  And we can design your advert for you!

Breaking down the barriers is the theme of an event to be held at Portree's Aros Community Centre.

On Thursday, 8th December, 11am to 1pm, there is an open invitation to pop along and find out more about the funded and part funded qualifications that can be delivered in Skye.

The Virtual Learning Academy in Invergordon are passionate about breaking down the barriers to learning across the Highlands & Islands. They will be in Portree to deliver an informal presentation about some fully funded and part funded qualifications which can be delivered in Skye.

The public meeting to seek local views about a new primary School for Dunvegan takes place on Wednesday evening (Nov 30).

Highland Council is seeking the views of local communities on a possible relocation of the school, in connection with the proposed construction of a new school. Under the proposal the current school would move to new site at Lonmore, on the edge of the village of Dunvegan.

 

Skye's MSP's Ian Blackford and Kate Forbes met with David Alston, Chair of NHS Highland to discuss health care provision in Skye, Raasay and Wester Ross.

Also present were local councillors with the talks very much centred on a brand new hospital for the island at Broadford.

Mr Blackford said: "In particular on what facilities must be provided by the new hospital , which should include an operating theatre.

Swapping his sea legs for sleeping rough, David MacBrayne Ltd chief executive officer Martin Dorchester will join 100 business leaders in Edinburgh to raise money for Social Bite.

Each of the 100 has signed up as part of the charity’s CEO Sleep Out in Charlotte Square on December 15 to raise both cash and awareness of the issue of homelessness and the vulnerable people affected by it.

Martin is also managing director of CalMac Ferries – operator of the UK’s largest ferry network – and has long been a vocal supporter of social enterprise and responsible business behaviours; he is chairman of FirstPort, which provides support, resources and funding to enable social enterprises to be established and grow. And, indeed, it was FirstPort which supported Social Bite in the first instance.

Portree law firm, Inksters,  is leading by example and encouraging others to do the same by learning how to restart a heart. In doing so, they have become part of the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers.

Inksters Solicitors with offices in Glasgow, Inverness, Forfar and Wickare holding various winter events and fundraisers in aid of the BHF. Staff members at the law firm’s Glasgow office recently attended Cowcaddens fire station, where they learned life-saving skills such as CPR and how to use a defibrillator.

Trainee Solicitor, Evonne Morrison, said “We thoroughly enjoyed our hands-on training at Cowcaddens fire station and are extremely fortunate that this opportunity is available to us, and indeed everyone, in Scotland. It’s a great feeling to now be equipped with the skills to potentially save someone’s life should they go into cardiac arrest.

 

A three year project which piloted the role of a full time Macmillan Rural Palliative Care Pharmacist Practitioner in the Skye, Kyle and Lochalsh area has been praised in its final evaluation.

The aim of the project, which started in February 2013, looked at the development of new models for rural areas in particular improving the link between primary and secondary care services in order to improve pharmacy care for palliative patients.

A number of strands were looked at including developing community pharmacy capacity to effectively, efficiently and safely support the needs of those in the rural community with cancer and palliative care needs regardless of where they were being cared for; and improving service provision and coordination while ensuring there was training and peer support.

Improvement works on the A835 at Rogie Falls will soon road re-surfacing accompanied by convey traffic management.

The £135,000 investment by Transport Scotland will see improvements to just over a kilometre of the A835 near Rogie Falls, creating a smoother and safer journey for motorists.

Resurfacing is due to start on Thursday 1 December and will take up to a week to complete. The improvement works are scheduled to take place between 7am and 7pm each day, with no works planned over the weekend.

Here's the latest Skye planning applications to be submitted to Highland Council

Land 660M SE Of Storr Loch Lodge Portree. For EE telecommunications apparatus, ancillary equipment cabinets and a fenced compound

Plans to complete re-open the Sleat's Ord Road after repair work to a collapsing culvert have been put back.

Highland Council had hoped to have finished all the work on Friday (Nov 25) but now the local community has been notified that it will be the the middle of this week before it is fully operational.

The new timetable is as follows:

Part of the secret instructions

It was a set of secret instructions that were never needed but a wartime document unearthed in Staffin has revealed just what would have happened if Hitler's stormtroopers had managed to invade.

The memo, labelled “Secret & Urgent”, was sent by a police chief to the Staffin Exchange – in May 1944 as the Second World War raged. At the time Britain was still a year away from the end of the war and the German surrender. 

In the directive, Traffic Superintendent W.D. Kay, based in Aberdeen, outlined a change to previous emergency measures to be taken in the event of enemy invasion, which has been circulated to Staffin two years earlier. The exchange was the current Staffin Post Office in Brogaig.

Highland Council is the latest to jump to the defence of apparently under threat Highlands and Island Enterprise.

Leader, Cllr Margaret Davidson, is seeking clarification from Depute First Minister John Swinney about reports claiming that the Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to be scrapped and replaced with a centralised committee.

Councillor Davidson said: “If it is correct - it is totally unacceptable that the Scottish Government is to centralise the decision-making powers of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  The centralisation of economic development in Scotland runs contrary to the process in England, where powers and budgets are being devolved.

A new children's writing award, Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, has just been launched. 

The award, created in partnership by Gaelic publishers Acair Books, Stornoway's An Lanntair arts centre and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Libraries), is aimed at inspiring original Gaelic writing for children and hopes to encourage new authors who may not have thought of writing before.

The award is open to all aspiring writers for children in Scottish Gaelic, wherever they may be. The winner of the 2017 award will be chosen by a panel of independent adjudicators and will be awarded a prize of £500.

In 2017, the judges are looking for a story for children between 5 and 8 years, between 1000 and 2000 words.

The closing date for all submissions is 31 January 2017 and the winners will be announced in March 2017 at an award ceremony at an Lanntair.

For more information about Duais Sgrìobhaidh do Chlann ann an Gàidhlig, please visit www.cne-siar.gov.uk/library or contact Western Isles Libraries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Out at the Fairy Pools

 

Police on Skye look to be leaving no stone unturned in their search for new specials.

For in what must be some of the most scenic places possible to advertise the local team put up their recruitment poster - if only a short while - at the popular Fairy Pools and also down at Storr Locks.

No word yet on their success rate!!

The chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) says he is fully confident about the future of the organisation.
Responding to reports this week speculating about the agency’s future following the Scottish Government’s review of enterprise and skills bodies, Professor Lorne Crerar, said he had absolute reassurance from Scottish Government that HIE will continue in its present form.

He added: “The report on Phase 1 of the Enterprise and Skills Review made very clear that HIE will continue to manage and direct dedicated support for economic and community development across the region.

"The Review has recognised the outstanding success of HIE.  Indeed it is testament to that success that there is to be a South of Scotland Agency to replicate the impact HIE has had for businesses and communities across the very diverse economies of our region.

“There will be changes at Board level, with the formation of a new overarching strategic Board to oversee the activities of all the enterprise and skills bodies, which of course includes HIE.

“The Governance arrangements for HIE and how its Board operates has been an important factor in the organisation’s success by ensuring the actions we take are cognisant and reflective of the variety of interests and priorities of our businesses and communities.

Shirley with her OBE

Skye's Shirley Spear was in London today to receive her OBE

The Three Chimney's founder was amongst others invited along to Buckingham Palace as she becomes an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to the Scottish Food and Drink Industry.

A £450,000 upgrade for Dornie New Bridge on the A87 begins at the start of December meaning possible slight delays for travellers due to traffic light operations.

The aluminium parapets along both sides of the bridge are to be improved for safety reasons with upgrades also being made to the safety barriers on approach to the bridge.

The improvements will be carried out between 8am and 6pm each day for six weeks starting Friday 2 December. To avoid disruption over the festive period, works will be suspended from 24 December until 8 January after which works will resume as before.

Police on Skye, who have a reputation for their light-hearted tweets, are chasing success in the Police Tweet Awards with their favourite tweet

On January 3, they put out a message which might have had a serious side for some.

It read: "If you get back to your house tonight on #Skye and realise your cocaine is missing – we have it in the Police Station."

This is now their favourite pinned tweet - heading their Twitter display at @LochabSkyePol

And they are also using it to draw attention to the 2016 Police consultation process (http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/decision-making/public-consultation/local-policing-consultation)

And on Twitter via  #yourviewcounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

A brand new online resource designed to support communities interested in land acquisition has been launched.

‘Ten Steps to Community Ownership’ is a series of guides developed by the Community Assets Team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) designed to support community groups through the process of buying land or assets that are important to them.

The resource includes a range of easy-to-view guides and templates which will help groups from developing their initial ideas, right the way through to owning the asset. A series of short video guides has also been developed, featuring members of the Community Assets Team at HIE and community organisations sharing their experiences.

Hugh Ross, Staffin Community Trust's local development officer, thinks that the new guides should be a great help to groups across the Highlands and Islands.

Highland Council’s website is the only council website in the UK to have been awarded a gold standard Certificate of Accreditation from the Digital Accessibility Centre.

This is the highest level of accreditation possible and The Highland Council is the only council in the UK that currently holds this.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who is Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Rural Economy and Connectivity, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for a debate on the decision to disband the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), formerly the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB).

Mrs Grant said “The HIDB, which later became HIE, was set up to assist the people of the Highlands and Islands to improve their economic and social conditions and to enable the region to play a more effective part in the economic and social development of the nation.  Why then take decision making powers away from the area the board is there to represent.

Work continues apace at the planned new Raasay Distillery.

While the old Borodale House is being converted into a visitor centre construction of the new building for distilling is also well advanced.

In addition to the steels and part of the roof being in place this week saw the pouring of concrete in the production hall.

Clan Donald Lands Trust on Skye are aiming to keep local individuals and families on the land at Sleat.

It has unveiled plans to offer at least two of the units planned at Tarskavaig at a discounted rate to those who live on the peninsula but want a home of their own.

The proposals are all part of the planned new township at Gillean and discounted rates of around £70,000 for the crofts are now available.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi brings her entertaining national tour to Skye s next year.

The star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, is set to perform at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Sleat, on April 6, 2017.

Her latest show celebrates the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is holding a public consultation on its Gaelic Language Plan 2016-21 and your views count.

During the consultation SFRS will engage directly with key stakeholders across Scotland to hear their thoughts on what its priorities should be.

It's easy to take part, simply visit the dedicated Gaelic Language Plan to complete an online survey.

The SFRS said: "The six week consultation closes on 02 January 2017 and your views matter and we hope you will help us shape our approach to working with the Gaelic language medium.

Skye Camanachd have confirmed their management teams for the 2017 shinty season.

The club have moved quickly to fill the vacant first team management position after John MacLeod and his backroom team stood down at the end of the 2016 shinty season. They will be replaced by Willie Cowie and Peter Gordon, two players who served Skye with distinction on the field of play. Cowie and Gordon will immediately set about plotting the team’s return to shinty’s top division

Meanwhile the search for a new second team manager continues after Davie Pringle confirmed that he is standing down after two years in the hot seat.

New stamps inspired by Sue's work

 

Lochcarron marine biologist and diver Sue Scott's efforts thousands of miles from home will soon be there for all to see.

For some of the work carried out by the local lass is set to appear in two new sets of stamps for the world's most remote inhabited island.

Over the last 12 years, Sue has been surveying wildlife on Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic and now some of the images she has captured are being used for a set of stamps due to be issued by the UK Overseas Territory next month.

Dylan's winning entry

 

Tormore Forest down in Sleat has a new logo thanks to local youngster Dylan Cameron.

His entry in a specially organised competition was picked the winner with Esmae Micski, Eva Mahon, Freya MacNeil and Kallah MacPherson also winning prizes for their highly commended entries.

Meanwhile a Community Consultation session is to be staged on Wednesday 30 November between 3pm-7pm to discuss proposed house sites in the forest.

Attending the consultation event

 

A series of changes designed to significantly improve the visitor experience to one of Skye's most popular attractions have been given the thumbs up by locals in Staffin.

The local community trust described as "encouraging" the response from local people who attended a consultation event in early November designed to outline progress on the Old Man of Storr project.

According to Staffin Community Trust (SCT) all respondents felt satisfied with the idea of a new one-way route through the site, starting at the existing car park and coming out at the existing forestry track.

Together with a series of small car-parking areas distributed between native woodland planting it was generally agreed that the visual impact of the proposals would not negatively affect the scenic quality of the area.

Skye's towering Blà Bheinn mountain is one of three Scottish hills up for adoption.

To support the work of conservation charity the John Muir Trust lovers of wild mountain landscapes can adopt an acre of the well known peaks - or give it as a gift for someone this Christmas.

For £25 there is a chance to support the Skye hill as well as Ben Nevis and Schiehallion  with each gift sold helping the trust with its work which includes:

native woodland restoration to help enhance wild habitats for wildlife and plants

wildlife monitoring to support the regeneration of ecosystems

footpath maintenance to allow people to enjoy wild places and minimise human impact on the mountains.

The Big Braes Bake Off brought a taste of something special.

Competition was intense in the various categories and here are the winners and runners up.

MP Ian Blackford

MP Ian Blackford had to miss is own planned surgery on Skye last week as he joined in a national debate at Parliament.

The SNP MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber was due to be in Portree on Friday (Nov 18) but was forced to cancel and send along a staff member to take a note of any matters raised by local people who did attend.

Speaking on social media he said that while the surgery would be going ahead: "Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person as I have to stay in parliament to debate and vote on the proposed constituency boundary changes."

The following applications have been submitted to Highland Council this week.

Farm-related building works (non-residential) at 7 Roag Dunvegan.

Erection of house & detached garage on land 50M West Of Dun Ela Teangue.

Pupils at Plockton High School were sent home shortly before midday today (Nov 21) because of a lack of water, heating and power.

Rescue exercise on Kilt Rock

Skye was a busy place for HM Coastguard at the week-end.

Personnel were called to the Broadford heli pad landing site to assist Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 951 which was involved in a medical transfer to Raigmore Hospital.

Then as part of a training weekend Skye teams were joined by Scottish Ambulance and Police Scotland to go through their paces at Staffin's Kilt Road with a series of first aid, water and rope rescue exercises.

Once again MG ALBA, S4C and TG4 are to unite in this the second year of the Celtic Formats pilot scheme. 

We are inviting original unscripted factual entertainment ideas with must see, compelling and surprising content that taps into the zeitgeist and will appeal to intergenerational audiences alike across the Celtic nations and beyond.  

The ambition is to discover a refreshing, distinctive and authentic format that the Celtic Nations can be proud of and that will be talked about across the three nations. The ideas should show creative ambition and heart that will touch the emotion in some way, be it laughter, tears or surprise yet shouldn’t feel overly formulated or forced. 

The campaign for a new airport for Skye, Raasay and the western Highlands at Ashaig near Broadford has won wider support in recent months.

The key argument is about expense…but an article for The Skye Magazine on-line, editor Fred Silver concludes that the costs of building a new airport are miniscule compared both to the likely gains to the local economy and to infrastructure costs elsewhere, particularly as there is no chance at all of any significant improvements in the roads to Skye through the Highlands. 

Even the most expensive airport option, which would allow 40-seater planes to land, comes in at a shade under £50 million.  Sounds a lot, but around £70 million has just been invested in the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry route, and the Isles of Harris and North Uist are having more than £30 million spent on a new ferry and improved port facilities. Yet since the Skye Bridge was completed in 1995, there has been no significant infrastructure gain for the Isle of Skye.  (And ferries have to be replaced every 20 to 30 years whereas building the airport is a one-off investment.)

SEALL Events welcomes back one of Scotland's finest pipers this week.

Fred Morrison is to hold a piping concert at Talla Mhor, Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.3opm.

Fred will be supported in the opening set by the students of the Plockton Music School. Tickets are available for what should be a great concert from SEALL at the link here.

A chance to discuss and help shape Skye’s sporting opportunities is coming to Portree.

On Wednesday 7 December a public meeting has been arranged in the Fingal Centre as part of the Highlife Highland backed Community Sport Hub project.

According to Highlife Highland: “This meeting will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the needs and ambitions around sport and physically activity in the area and ensure the initiative is tailored to support these local ideas.

Road to close for repairs

 

Travel around Sleat could be disrupted for some over the coming week with a planned road closure to carry out essential repairs.

A culvert on the Ord road between the A851 and Ord has been in danger of collapse for some time and Highland Council are now planning to carry out work from Monday 21 November to early afternoon on Friday 25 November.

A Coastguard helicopter rescue team raced to the small island of  Muck to airlift a 14 month old to hospital.

The alarm was raised yesterday (Nov 17) and after landing and taking on board the aircraft was forced to fly and land at Fort William instead of Raigmore because of bad weather.

No further details are availble at the moment.

Police were called to two seperate accidents on the A87.

The first on Thursday (Nov17) occurred around 1pm just onemile east of Kyle, when a Skoda and Kia collided. A man and woman within each vehicle escaped injury although one lane of the major route to and from Skye was blocked until recovery of the vehicle complete.

Then an hour later this time one mile north of Broadford, a Fiat left the road with a man and woman inside, again escaping injuries.

The winning events team

 

A Gaelic language initiative staged at two venues, one on Skye,  has won the 2016 Scottish Gaelic Award for Best Event.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were named as winners for their careers events ‘Siuthad!’, which means ‘Go on!’, run as a partnership between SDS and Highland Council, with the support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The events were held in Inverness and Skye in March and November and were aimed at Gaelic learners and fluent speakers and showcased a range of Gaelic related careers.

Skye's Fairy Pools

As well as being a top tourist destination Skye has now been voted the most desireable place to live in Britain.

Nearly 24,000 people surveyed by website Rightmove said that the island with his rugged landscape and fantastic sea views was the dream location for them.

Many of the most desirable places to live in Britain have house prices which are relatively cheap compared with the national average, the study found.

The average asking price for a home on Skye is just under £231,000, according to Rightmove - well under the average price tag of a home generally across England and Wales, at £305,670.

Professional landscape photographer Lee Metcalfe will be taking home more than just a great picture of Skye.

For not only did he capture this wonderful shot on the Storr but minutes later proposed to girl friend Karen Gladstone...and now she's going to be his wife.

Karen and Lee

On social media Lee from Lancaster described just how it happened.

Skye & Lochalsh Running Club are planning a scenic run session this week-end.

On Saturday 19th November from The Coral Beach CP nr Dunvegan. meeting at 9.30am at the Claigan car park, there will be an off road session involving a 1 mile jog warm up, 22 min beach/grass intervals in pairs, 30 mins of self paced hill loops with rests in between, 1 mile crawl/jog back to cars. Then there's a chance to eat cake and have hot drinks. All are welcome.

 

Firefighters are asking for help to keep older people safe from fire this winter.

All this week we are asking people to talk to family members, friends and neighbours and arrange a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

More lives are lost to house fires in winter than any other time of the year and people over the age of 60 are most at risk. Over the last few years two thirds of people killed by fire have been people over the age of 60.

Loopallu, the Highland's highly popular music festival is set for change next year.

Organiser have been unable to secure the continued use of the usual venue in Ullapool and so for 2017 it is to be held on the town's pier with support from Ullapool Harbour Trustees.

Because of this no campsite will be available and tickets for next year's event on September 29 and 30 September will be restricted.

Over the last 12 years, Loopallu's performers have included Paolo Nutini, Franz Ferdinand, Mumford and Sons and Jake Bugg. This year's festival's headliners included The Wonder Stuff and The Stranglers.

   

Mairi (left) and Gwen

 

Two Skye teachers have been shortlisted in this year’s Daily Record Scottish Gaelic Awards.

Today (Nov 16) Gwen Culbertson and Mairi Macdonald will discover if they are to be honoured at the awards, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig; during the finals ceremony to be held in Glasgow’s Grand Hotel.

The pair have been nominated in the Innovation in Education category for, a website for teachers involved in Gaelic Medium Education which aims to create new primary school resources for Gaelic Medium Education. Other teachers are welcome, and encouraged, to contribute their own resources to help build a bank of material.

Gwen and Mairi come under the umbrella of the Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig which has been nominated for three awards which aim to "reward all aspects of our Gaelic culture, education and language" and "highlight the excellent work undertaken to maintain growth and heritage".

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has welcomed the review of the Crofting Commission recently initiated by Scottish Government, stating that the governance of crofting is at stake.

“We asked for a review of the way in which the Crofting Commission has handled itself over the past six months”, said Fiona Mandeville, chair of the SCF. “Three grazings committees have been removed and ordinary folk, trying to do a difficult job in maintaining this crofting asset, have had their reputations dragged through the mud. This cannot be the correct way for a regulator to behave.

"We appreciate that the board of the Commission has recognised its mistakes and has issued an apology to the crofters, albeit without the acquiescence of the convener, Colin Kennedy. It is time to move on and we hope a review of procedures will enable a better way of working.”

 

Margaret Nicolson presenting Eilidh Rankin with her award

 

The fifth Sir Iain Noble Memorial Lecture was delivered by Ian MacDonald at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, where he gave a wide-ranging talk, entitled “Sorley MacLean: Life and Poetry”, on the life and work of the famous Raasay bard.

The annual lecture was established five years ago by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Urras an Eilein (Skye Gaelic Trust) - two organisations which Sir Iain helped to establish and with which he enjoyed enduring ties during his lifetime - to honour the work and achievements of Sir Iain, especially with regard to the College, the island and the Gaelic language.

As part of the evening’s proceedings, the inaugural “Skye’s Young Gaelic Person of the Year” award was presented to Eilidh Rankin from Kilmaluag in North Skye for her contribution to the use and promotion of Gaelic.

Eilidh attended the local primary school in Kilmuir and then Portree High School. She was involved in many Gaelic events in her youth -  including drama groups and productions such as “Na Mo Chuid Aodaich” as well as local and national Mods where she competed in various competitions for poetry, storytelling, conversation and reading.

Operator of the UK’s largest ferry network, Caledonian MacBrayne, is refreshing its online ticketing to make it easier to use.

The new look web system will introduce a step-by-step timeline across the screen to help customers follow their booking process, as well as a helpful summary of their reservation. It will also be fully scalable across all devices.

Customers should be aware that in order to implement the change, the company’s booking system will be taken off-line for an overnight period during the week beginning November 21 – the exact date is yet to be confirmed and passengers are advised to check both CalMac’s website and its social media channels for updates closer to the time.

Portree's Aros Centre will showcase a unique new dance theatre piece tomorrow evening (Nov 15)

For the live show explores the complex character of Lady Macbeth but ...with a cast of 3 men, all playing the leading lady!

Using the language from Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a source, British Sign Language will become a part of the choreography producing a piece of dance and movement theatre which will reach hearing impaired and hearing audiences on different levels and in different ways.

A Skye life sciences business is reaping the rewards of investing in research and development with the help of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Dunvegan based Gaeltec Devices Ltd received an approval of £331,000 from HIE to employ an R&D manager, develop new products and promote them in domestic and international markets.

As a result, new and innovative medical devices serving niche markets have been developed and launched over the past three years. One of these is a specialised catheter for the treatment of horses with irregular heartbeats. There is a growing global demand for these throughout the veterinary world and Gaeltec is the only company making them.

Gaeltec has also launched the Cuillin Nanologger, named after the famous mountain range on Skye. It is a portable medical device worn by patients to record physiological information for up to 24 hours. It is typically used to assist in the diagnosis of human gastrointestinal and urological disorders.

A new survey has been launched as part of research examining the impact of Gaelic media on learning of the language.

The Big Gaelic Survey, which has been commissioned by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and MG ALBA, is being conducted independently from the two organisations by Meriel Young Consulting, a research consultancy based in Edinburgh.

Three questionnaires have been launched aimed at those with varying levels of Gaelic proficiency: Gaelic speakers, Gaelic learners and those who are interested in learning Gaelic in the future.

 

New homes for Portree


A former Portree bus garage is set to have a new life offering additional affordable new homes.

Planning permission is being sought by Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association to convert the former Highland Country Bus garage at Park Road into a building containing a total of 17 flats.

Full details can be obtained by following the link here

Amongst other applications is the siting of a 10 m high mast with dishes at land south of Rock View,  Camustianavaig, Portree to provide superfast broadband to the area as part of a government backed initiative

First Deer Farm for Skye

 

Oh deer! They say Scottish venison farming is in a rut as it struggles to cope with demand.

But with thousands of tonnes of meat having to be imported into the UK every year, Borve crofter Robert MacRae believes he has hit a money earner with stag..gering potential.

For the former Portree guest house owner has now established Skye’s very first Deer Farm and its right on his own doorstep with the fully fattened up venison eventually being eagerly snapped up by the likes of M&S and Tesco whose customers just can’t get enough of the new power food.

Already thousands of motorists on the Portree-Uig route have passed by his deer fenced croft little suspecting that inside there’s a whole new industry starting up on the island.

But, for those who do take to the time to have a good look then wandering around the grassland they might just spot the stag and 30 hinds that will form the foundations of Robert’s breeding stock.

Following on from her previous publishing successes, Three Chimney's founder Shirley Spear OBE has produced another tasty treat.

Birlinn Books have published 'The Three Chimneys Marmalade Bible' priced at just £4.99


Plockton is one of two Highland sites selected to help save the red squirrel.

Conservation experts at the charity Trees for Life have announced plans to carefully relocate red squirrels to suitable habitat around the coastal village as well as a similar re-introduction near Kinlochewe.

The Red Squirrel Reintroduction Project aims to establish 10 new populations in the northwest Highlands, significantly increasing both the numbers and range of the red squirrel in the UK.

“We are giving red squirrels a helping hand to return to some of their long-lost forest homes. Many Highland woodlands offer the species excellent habitat far from disease-carrying grey squirrels – but because reds travel between trees and avoid crossing large areas of open ground, they can’t return to isolated woodlands without our help,” said Becky Priestley, Trees for Life’s Wildlife Officer

Work continues on the new distillery

Job recruitment has begun for Skye's new whisky distillery.

Production staff are being sought for the soon to be opened Torabhaig Distillery in Sleat where the first spirits could be produced in the new year with the facility open to the public in early summer 2017.


Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland have announced the launch of the full programme for the Scottish Mountain Bike Conference 2016 – Innovation Edition.

Delegates have signed up from all over the world for the event which will take place from November 17-19 at the Macdonald Resort Aviemore.

The opening day of the Conference will focus on innovation in Tourism and Economic Development; speakers include MTB legend Gary Fisher and Professor Geraint Florida James, the Lead Academic at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland (MTBCOS).

A successful Gaelic Awareness Fun Day took place in Breakish Hall which was well attended by parents and children from the surrounding area

The event, which was aimed at parents and guardians’ of 0-5 year old children, gave those attending the opportunity to find out about the benefits of Bilingualism and Gaelic Medium Education. They also had the opportunity to engage with the Gaelic Community

Learning and Development Officer, they were able to view and pick up the many resources available including CD’s, books and leaflets and get information on specific websites featuring pre-school Gaelic activities.

The Western Isles, Skye, Lochaber and the Small Isles HM Coastguard representative at this year's Remembrance Parade in London will be Mitchell Thompson.

A member of the  Bragar Coastguard Rescue Team, on the Isle of Lewis, he will form part of the Honour Guard lining Whitehall at the National War Memorial for the service.

 

Portree police and the local RNLI crew were involved in a near two hour coastal search last night (Nov 9) after concerns about a person's safety.

It was around 9.45pm that the Portree lifeboat launched with a full complement of crew and was tasked by Stornoway Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre with a coastline search in the Scorrybreac area of Portree.

This followed a request from Police Scotland who were dealing with an incident which gave rise to concern for the safety of an individual.

Raasay now has its very own website dedicated to its history, videos about it and any other interesting information.

The site www.isleofraasay.com will complement the island's already well established Facebook profile which is reputed to be one of the largest represents a community or island on the West Coast and has ten more followers then Raasay's actual population.

Police in Portree are appealing for help after an incident at the Aros centre.

They say the main entrance gate was damaged and that is thought to have happened some time overnight Sunday into Monday (Nov 6/7) of this week. If you have any information call 101 or go to Portree police station.

The vision of future NHS health care for Skye will see the redesign of services in the area, bringing a new, modern integrated health and social care ‘hub’ in Broadford and a ‘spoke’ facility in Portree.

Plans to redesign services in Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross took a step forward this month when the Scottish Capital Investment Group approved the Initial Agreement which had been submitted by the Health Board. NHS Highland has now been invited to submit an Outline Business Case, the next step in the process.

With approval now given on the Initial Agreement the team will be concentrating on further developing the clinical model and workforce plan as part of the business case process.

Gill McVicar, director of operations for North and West Highland, said: “This is a significant point in the formal process and brings us one step closer to having a state-of-the-art facility for the people of Skye, Lochalsh and South West Ross.”

Skye Chamber Music’s latest concert will be Beethoven Handel Schubert de Falla  & Kreisler with Piano and Violin Duo, Ancuta Nite and Fergus Heatherington.


 
The event takes place on Wednesday 16th November, 8pm at in The Venue, Fingal Centre, Portree High School.

Tickets are £10, Season Ticket £40 and there is free entry for school students


Santa's about to take a dash around Portree and everyone is invited to join him for some festive fun.

For the first time this year Skye is to have its own Santa Dash, a two mile loop that will start and finish in Somerled Square on Saturday 17 December.

One of those behind the new fun event, Skye Bike Shack's Mark Crowe said: "Fifty percent of any surplus generated by the event will go to a nominated charity each year.

"For the first year that is Skye Mountain Rescue, who will also be marshalling the run"

On a specially set up webpage, where full details of the event are available the organisers add: "This year will see the first ever Santa Dash on the Isle of Skye. The idea is to bring folk together into Portree just before Christmas to celebrate the festive season in a fun and active way, whilst raising money for local causes. We are aiming to make this a regular festive event on Skye.

 

Five Staffin crofters may not hit the heights of Hollywood but this week they could find themselves with a little bit of celebrity status.

For the locals are set to "star" in the film premiere “Grazing on the Edge” when it is screened on Thursday (November 10) at the Aros in Portree.

The film features local crofters who have sheep on the Corries and Staffin General grazings, which cover two large swathes of hill ground lying below the Trotternish Ridge and are close to the Storr and Hill of the Red Fox.

The contribution Staffin crofters make to managing land of “high nature value” will be the focus of the 35-minute film which includes appearances by Ronald Angus MacDonald, Dol Alec Gillies, Iain MacLeod (Marrishadder), Donald MacLeod (Culnacnoc) and Donald MacDonald (Clachan).

It was filmed in 2015 with interviews and footage shot on the hill, while the crofters also employed Go-Pros to record themselves out with their dogs going about their work and gathering sheep.

Janette Sutherland, who is the Corries and Staffin General clerk and also works for Scotland’s Rural College in Portree, said the new film illustrated the challenges local crofters faced rearing sheep on hill grazings. “I believe the film showcases the experience and knowledge of those working on the ground and demonstrates their concern about its management and issues they face,” she said.

Made in collaboration with researchers from the James Hutton Institute and the Universities Innovation fund, via the Scottish Funding Council, the film is part of a research project which will outline how upland land use is key for for community, agricultural and environmental benefits.

Janette added: “The JHi team filmed interviews with stakeholders with a wide range of experience of the issues. There was a strong contribution from a local group of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers. Earlier this year that evidence was used to stimulate workshop discussions which in turn helped in the editing of the final cut which is now ready for its public premiere.”

Trotternish Gaelic singer Anne Martin will start the premiere, which is free to attend, at 7.30pm with a short performance.

It may only be November but big hearted youngsters at Broadford Primary School have made sure that Christmas has come early.

For when pupils were asked to help fill yuletide boxes for this year's Blythswood Appeal they showed just how much they care for others.

And now no less than 55 filled boxes have been handed over to the charity and will be available for distribution over the festive period.

Driving to Inverness? Well at least one of the city's roundabouts should be easier to negotiate.

For according to Transport Scotland drivers are now experiencing shorter journey times since new traffic light timings were trialled at the Longman roundabout.

Across the week, the new settings have resulted in an overall reduction in journey times of up to 12 per cent. For weekdays, times have reduced by 17 per cent during the evening peak and 2 per cent in the morning.

Transport Scotland began the trial at the end of this summer in response to concerns about traffic delays and has worked with the operating company BEAR Scotland to analyse the traffic flow, behaviour and journey times through the junction.

Prior Notification for Farm-related building works (non-residential)
7 Roag Dunvegan Isle Of Skye IV55 8ZA

Erection of a 4 bedroom dwelling with parking and turning for 3 vehicles, private drainage via treatment plant and soakaway
Land 50M South East Of 11 Fiscavaig Fiscavaig Carbost Isle Of Skye

Erection for a single storey extension to an existing dwelling also a timber clad garden room.
Mossfield House 5 Camustianavaig Portree IV51 9LQ

 

Kyle lifeboat crew were called out at the week-end in a search for a missing person.

The boat was launched around 7pm on Sunday at the request of the UK Coastguard, to assist local Coastguard teams in the search around the Castle Moil area of Kyleakin.

Fortunately the individual was subsequently found safe and well a short time later and the lifeboat returned to station at 7:45pm.

 

Police can confirm that Colin Haxton, who was reported missing from Inverness and has connections with Skye, has been traced .
 
They have offered their thanks to members of the public and the media for their assistance.

Skye and Lochalsh Access Panel welcomes plans to make Kyle branch of the Bank of Scotland more accessible to people with disabilities

Skye and Lochalsh Access Panel recently received a number of complaints from people with disabilities within the community regarding the announced closures of the Lochcarron and Broadford branches of the Bank of Scotland.

Of particular concern was that whilst the branches to be closed are accessible to all, local customers will now have to use the Kyle branch which in its present state is not. The entrance to the Kyle branch is about a metre above the road level, and bank customers have to climb a number of steps to get into the bank. This makes it inaccessible to wheelchair users, parents with prams and any person with any disability/mobility problems.

PICTURED L-R Dorothy Green Chair of the Inverness Hotels Association, Lord Godfrey Macdonald and Lady Claire Macdonald Kinloch Lodge, Tanya Castell Vice Chair of Scottish Canals

The team at Kinloch Lodge is celebrating after being voted Most Hospitable Hotel at the Highlands and Islands 2016 Tourism Awards.

Godfrey and Claire Macdonald accepted the honour on behalf of the Kinloch team at a celebratory awards ceremony and dinner on Friday 4th November at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

The awards - recognised as one of the premier industry hospitality awards programmes in Scotland - are now in their 12th year and they identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.

Kinloch will now automatically be a finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards to be held in Glasgow, next year.

 

Thirty five Gaelic learners and speakers from Portree and Plockton Secondary Schools attended a Careers Day at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The event was formally opened by Mr John Norman Macleod, Vice Principal/Director of Academic Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Skye.

The annual event ‘SIUTHAD!’– GO ON!’ is aimed at both Gaelic Learners and Fluent speakers. ‘SIUTHAD!’ showcases a range of Gaelic related careers and encourages young people to continue with their Gaelic studies.

 

A man with connections to Kyleakin has gone missing.

Police Scotland is appealing for information to help trace Colin Haxton, aged 61, who has been reported missing from Inverness.

More road improvement works are scheduled to begin on Skye as part of a £230,000 investment from Transport Scotland.

This time a section of the A87 between Ob Lusa and the Kylerhea junction is involved with work scheduled to begin on Friday 11 November and taking approximately two weeks to complete.

The investment follows on from a previous £1.25M spent on the A87 on Skye during October, with drainage improvements made to Skye Bridge and resurfacing carried out to sections of the route north of Broadford Cemetery, Ard Dorch and North of Kingsburgh.

Runners in the official first race of Skye and Lochalsh Running Club's Winter series were met with the icy blast of winter.

Hailstones greeting competitors in the three and six mile races held at Skinadin Forest by Broadford. The events were run on forest track, paths and some sections of old tarmac road.

Here's how the race was described by the club themselves: "Typical November weather greeted the 24 runners who took part – setting off into brilliant sunshine only to be met by a harsh hail shower within minutes of the start! 


Hospitality has earned Skye's Kinloch Lodge a top award.

For in the 2016 Highlands and Islands Tourism awards it has been named as the "Most Hospitable Hotel.

In July it was announced the competition for the iconic piper trophies had reached new heights with a record 203 entries – up more than 15 per cent on last year’s previous peak figure.

Highland Council Trading Standards has launched a survey to learn about the online experiences of local tourist businesses.  The survey focuses on the interaction of Highland accommodation providers, tour operators, visitor attraction owners and other tourist businesses with the large 3rd party websites that have rapidly become very influential in the industry.

Trading Standards Manager David MacKenzie explained: “The innovations of the internet have brought great benefits to Highland consumers and businesses.  The tourist trade has seen particularly rapid changes in the way it operates, with the growing importance of large 3rd party websites providing services such as reservations, reviews and social media.  But new developments can also bring drawbacks and Trading Standards has the role of monitoring trade sectors to make sure that Highland consumers and businesses are getting a good deal.  Online surveys can be a good way to gather information, good or bad.”

The survey is very short and simple to complete and can be found at:   www.highland.gov.uk/Tourism-survey-2016

The Highland Council’s Community Services Committee has confirmed that the local authority if ready for winter with respect to its gritting service of council roads.

Members have been assured that the council has adequate salt stocks for the region which were replenished in September and October; that the authority will have around 60,000 tonnes in stock for the start of the main winter season and that there are no concerns about future provision of deliveries from the council’s supplier.

The total salt usage for last winter 2015/16 was 50,300 tonnes, which was around 30% (£1.27m) of the overall cost of the service last year.

Whisky, Fire & Song takes over Raasay this week-end for two days - and nights - of family fun.

The community event, tonight and tomorrow, (November 4 & 5 ) brings the community together for a fun filled week-end combing everything from whisky tasting to , architectural tours, architecture inspired cake building and torch lit processions.

Festivities start this evening with an opportunity for islanders and visitors alike to dust off their vocal cords and participate in a lively open mic night at Raasay House.

Skye Local Area Partnership is searching for projects to support in a new round of funding under the Highland Leader programme.

Close to £314,000 is available to support schemes which will benefit communities in both Skye and Rassay.

The aim of the funding initiative is to support projects that help to deliver the Highland Development Strategy and local development priorities. These include:


Time is running out for businesses and creative companies wanting to find space to expand and grow in Staffin.

Fresh expressions of interest in a potential business/storage or arts and crafts space at the area's proposed housing development are being invited but must be in before 4pm on Friday 19 November

Skyeskyns will be helping to raise the island's profile in Glasgow later this month.

From November 17-20, the Waternish based company can be seen exhibiting at the city's annual Country Living Christmas Fair which is being held in the Scottish Exhbition and Conference Centre. held in the SECC from the 17th until the 20th of November. 

Meanwhile the company is also hoping to raise its profile not just locally and nationally but also internationally through its recently re-vamped website www.skyeskins.co.uk

Highland Councillors have given their backing to the business case for bringing air services to the Isle of Skye and are to continue lobbying the Scottish Government and its agencies at the highest level.

Following assessment of the business case at the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee, members of the Council’s Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee had the opportunity to discuss the wider economic and social benefits of having an airport on Skye and examined the short-term action plan to take forward some key development activities.

The Committee agreed up to £30,000 over the next 2 years to take forward the activities that have been identified that will unblock the delivery of air services.

Within hours of the decision local campaigners FlySkye issued their own statement via social media. They said: "At long last!

"We all knew the airport would bring economic benefits to the island and surrounding mainland districts and have been saying that since the very beginning of the campaign to restore regular flights between our airstrip at Ashaig, near Broadford, with the Central Belt, for over 4 years.

"However, we are all going to have to be patient for even longer. Another 2 years may not seem very long in local government terms, but to a small, local business it is a very long time.

"Let's keep up the pressure"

The Food Standards Agency have announced a product recall notice over bottled beer.

Gower Brewing Limited is recalling four types of beer as their labels do not declare the presence of wheat malt. This makes the products a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.

The company has withdrawn four products from its range with best before dates up to and including End of July 2017, mainly 500ml bottles and casks.

For full details follow the link here

TOUR drivers have picked up spades instead of passengers as they carried out badly-needed path repairs to one of Skye’s most famous settings.

They are normally behind the wheel of the small white coaches which have become a familiar sight on the island’s roads.  But staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners Ltd happily parked up and spent two days working on the Quiraing route in Staffin instead.
Despite inclement weather, eight Rabbie’s drivers and office workers completed the path upgrade at the Quiraing, which is visited by thousands of people each year and is a popular Hollywood film location.  

The path repairs came about through a new tie-up between Rabbie’s and the Staffin Community Trust (SCT).

It comes as the north Skye community organisation recently secured significant Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) investment to extend its Skye Ecomuseum project, which includes the Quiraing path route. HLF approved a £522,000 grant in September to enhance the ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. As part of the application, SCT tabled a maintenance and management plan for the ecomuseum and intends to provide volunteering opportunities for local people and other groups.

CalMac’s Director of Stakeholders and Communities Brian Fulton, Director of Human Resources Christine Roberts and Peter Kelly, Director of The Poverty Alliance

 

West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named as Scottish Living Wage Champion for 2016.

In August 2015, CalMac became the UK’s first ferry company to gain Living Wage Foundation accreditation and also the first major transport operator in Scotland.

Indeed, CalMac remains the only UK ferry operator with Living Wage accreditation, which was earned by David MacBrayne Ltd – CalMac’s holding company – and extends to all areas of the business, including Argyll Ferries; a total of some 1,500 staff.

This Saturday 5 November will see fireworks of a different kind when Skye & Lochalsh Runnng Club stage race 2 of their Winter Series.

The event is at Skinadin Forest by Broadford involving both a three or six mile race distance. Run on forest track, paths and some sections of old tarmac road registration is at the Skinadin Forest walks car park (next to Broadford Cemetery) from 11.30am. Race starts at 12 noon.

Cost is £5 (SLRC members £1). All welcome (over-16s only).

 

There was a touch of realism as local Coastguard personnel were put through their training paces during a major training exercise held in and around Mallaig.

 A series of "rescues" were set for the teams drawn from the Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber in what was described as a "great Area week-end".

 

 

Duntulm and Sligachan on Skye are amongst four additional Highland areas which will now see benefits from superfast broadband.

In addition other island locations such as Carbost, Duntulm, Isle Ornsay, Raasay, Skeabost Brridge and Staffin can expect to see some roll out including extended coverage.

The news comes as part of an announcement that the Highlands and Islands will see more fibre broadband coverage for homes and businesses into 2017, thanks to the early success of the region’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the rural economy and connectivity, has announced that strong take up figures mean that an additional £2.3m is being re-invested back into the project.