Sleat Community Council's fight to maintain strong ferry links to the mainland has earned a national award.

For local group, which through its Transport Forum has fought so hard to see that Skye once again gets a robust and reliable ferry service has now won the Scottish Rural Parliament's 'Rural Innovators Awards for Community Councils'.

Now the Forum has vowed to continue its campaignfor the return of the 'MV Coruisk', the vessel specifically commissioned for the route and which was re-deployed to the Oban-Mull route earlier this year.

Earlier this year the SCC submitted a nomination for the Award, which ironically is backed not only by the Scottish Government but also Calmac itself.

They highlighted the campaign that the community has taken to stand-up for the right to continue to have a robust and reliable ferry service that is a key economic driver for Sleat, Skye, Mallaig and Lochaber. It contributes so much to the area, particularly for residents, businesses and organisations and to the 300,000 customers who use the service to and from Mallaig each year.