Sunday, January 19, 2020
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The Isle of Skye will have its very own flag in March 2020.

A competition is now underway to design the flag, which will be recognised by the court of Lord Lyon – the body responsible for recording and protecting all heraldry, flags and national symbols in Scotland. 

The West Highland Free Press, Highland Council ward members and tourism body SkyeConnect petitioned the court with the idea for a flag.

Philip Tibbetts, Honorary Vexillologist with the Court of the Lord Lyon, has visited schools on the island to deliver a series of workshops and presentations detailing his interest in flags, and discussing the themes which could potentially inspire a flag for Skye.

The competition will run until December 1, after which a panel – made up of representatives from throughout the community – will compile a short list of final entries.

The finalists will then have their creations put to the public vote in February.

The final flag design will be unveiled in March.  

Skye councillor, John Finlayson, stated: “I have had lots of positive feedback about the plans for a flag for Skye.

"I am excited to see what designs will come forward from a competition that encourages people of all ages to submit their designs.”

A film entitled “A Flag for Skye” has been made by SkyeConnect to accompany the competition launch.

It can be viewed at


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