Friday, May 24, 2019
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A 72-year-old man with dementia is missing from the Inverarish area of Raasay.

Alistair Lovie was last seen walking at a disused mine area north of Inverarish about 11:00 am on Sunday the 31st of March 2019.

He is described as 5ft 10, medium build with brown hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing a black jacket, jeans, a black cap, a blue shirt and a red jumper.

A Skye Mountain Rescue volunteer has died after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Andy Law was setting up a children's nature project on a hillside near his home on Wednesday 27 March.

Fellow rescuers were called out to assist at around 3:45pm - unaware it was one of their team who was taken ill.

Andy was airlifted to Broadford Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead - despite the valiant efforts of all involved.

A family home on Skye has made the shortlist of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 2019 awards.

The list features a range of 19 projects throughout Scotland.  

The Black House on Skye comes from Dualchas Architects Ltd for a private client.  

It's not just the clocks that change with the coming of spring - it's the CalMac timetable too!

The ferry operators have switched to their summer timetable today.

The timetable can be found here.

A partnership between CalMac and Glasgow City College has been acknowledged when the College won the 2019 Association of Colleges' (AoC) Beacon Award.

The college won in the City & Guilds College Engagement with Employers category for its training and apprenticeship partnership with the ferry company.

The Beacon assessors consider this an "outstanding project" – offering meaningful employment to young people in remote island communities.

A group from France will be spending their only day on Skye on a clean-up mission.

33 agriculture students and four leaders will be aiming to clean the beach at Torrin.

The group will also be performing research on behalf of Surfers Against Sewage.  

Help was enlisted from the RSPB, Matt Harrison of I Love Skye and Gill Houlsby of Skye Marine Matters.  

The clean-up is scheduled for Sunday 31 March.

Image above: Matt (third from the left) and the crew of helpers at the Skinadin layby clean up in January 2018.  

A major redevelopment project has been planned for two blocks of flats in Portree.

15 new flats could replace the two blocks in Cruachan Place, behind the Primary School.

Highland Council say the project will be submitted for planning permission shortly.  

The Council also stated the project will require them to move all tenants out from the flats by October 2019, in order to allow for demolition.  

A model of one of CalMac's 7800-tonne ferries has proven to be popular.

More than 400 of the models have been sold in the 10 days since its launch.

The model of the MV Loch Seaforth replicates the ferry launched in 2014 that travels between Ullapool and Stornoway.  

The 37cm long model is built using 310 plastic construction bricks with realistic features such as lifeboats all wrapped up in the iconic CalMac branding.

A Skye photographer has made it to the shortlist of Kate Forbes' photography competition.

Adrian Trendall is one of five whose photographs made it to the final shortlist of the "Made in the Highlands" themed competition.

Mr Trendall, whose entry was the Black Cuillin Sunset, added: "I am delighted that 'Black Cuillin Sunset' has been shortlisted in such a prestigious competition.

"As a mountain guide and photographer living on Skye, it is a fantastic feeling to share my office with a wider audience."

Lukas Bornheim from Fort William, Ellen Kammerath from Acharacle, Stuart Lilley from Laggan in Badenoch, Kyle MacIntyre from Fort William are the other finalists.

The Dunvegan Castle 10k was won by Kenny MacGruer on Saturday 23 March.

Kenny is from Caithness-based North Highland Harriers.  He completed the run in 37 minutes and 59.6 seconds.  

Broadford Co-op Car park will be closed all day on Tuesday 26 March.

Organisers have said this will allow them to scarify and resurface the access and area directly next to the front of the shop.

On Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29, the car park will partially closed to allow resurfacing of the rest of the area.  Limited parking will be available on the resurfaced areas.  

 

Concerns have been raised over dangers to travellers posed by sharp tree branches beside the road in Skeabost.

Local artist, Ian Williams, photographed the trees when they were originally chopped back in December.  

Ian commented to Skye Times Online: "This was not a trimming exercise, this was wholesale criminal damage, corporate vandalism and, in some cases, trees that had age were ravaged and shredded to lethal, knife-sharp shards.

"The remaining spikes could cause serious injury or worse to an unsuspecting cyclist who falls off his or her cycle.

After a 2.5 hour tow, a local fishing vessel was transported to safety.

The fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure approximately 13 miles north of Portree.

Portree RNLI launched to assist the vessel yesterday (Tuesday 19 March).  

The lifeboat transported the vessel safely to Portree pier.

 

A new music festival on the island has CalMac as a main sponsor.

The company has pledged to help ensure the success of the inaugural Beò Festival in May.

According to organisers, it will be a live celebration of the music, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands. The two-day event will see bands from across Scotland including The Vatersay Boys, Trail West and Beinn Lee come to together to celebrate Gaelic Culture.

The festival takes place in the historic grounds of Armadale Castle.

Multiple local businesses have been named as finalists in the 2019 Scottish Rural Awards.

Misty Isle Boat Trips and Dunvegan Castle both reached the finals in the Rural Tourism category.

Meanwhile, Raasay Distillery is one of the finalists in the Artisan Drink category.

The A87 is currently closed at Invergarry.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said a building on fire near the road was the reason for the closure.

The fire was originally reported at 11:40am and emergency services are currently at the scene.

A diversion is in place via the A887 and Invermoriston.

 

 

A local hotel received a prestigious award yesterday (Sunday 17 March.)

Raasay House received recognition at the Prestige Hotel Awards, where the popular hotel picked up the "Best Hotel Under 50 Rooms in the West" award.

The Raasay House team commented: "Such a fantastic way the kick off the the season. Huge thanks to the awards judges and of course to our amazing team!"

Raasay House has been in existence since 1747 and has played host to famous guests such as Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell.  

The body of a man found in Newbridge is confirmed to be that of missing man, James Cornforth.

The 36-year-old had been reported missing after he left Ocean Terminal in Leith on Tuesday 5 February.

The search for him spread as far as Skye, where it was thought he was attempting to head for the Carbost area.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

A body has been found following a search for missing man, James Cornforth.

The body was discovered in an area of woodland near Claylands Road in Newbridge yesterday (Thursday 14 March.)  

Police say that formal identification is yet to take place, but James Cornforth's family have been informed.

Appeals for help to find the missing Edinburgh man had spread as far as Skye.  

 

The push for new schools at Broadford and Dunvegan is ongoing, according to Kate Forbes.

The constituency MSP for Skye has said she fully intends to keep pressing Highland Council for new schools, after meeting with parents from the south of the island last week.

Friday 8 March saw Kate spend an hour talking with concerned representatives of Broadford Primary School’s Parent Council, as they continue to keep the pressure on the local authority to build a new school.

Two 12 volt batteries have been stolen from temporary traffic lights.

Police say the lights were on the A850 from Portree to Dunvegan near Greshornish.  

The theft is estimated to have taken place between Friday 8 and Monday 11 of March.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, citing incident NP/741.  

The implementation of Sir Lewis Ritchie's recommendations were discussed at a meeting.

The community steering group on Skye met with Kate Forbes MSP to discuss the sustainable health care recommendations for north Skye.

Kate said it was important that the Cabinet Secretary and the senior executives of NHS Highland are regularly updated on how the community feel about progress and implementation.

The Ritchie Report, which was published last May, categorically stated that not only must Portree Hospital remain open, but that services there should be enhanced.

Armadale's petrol station, post office and shop will soon undergo redevelopment.

The current wooden shed and portakabin housing the shop, petrol station and post office will be replaced with a new building that will provide a larger floor space for the shop.

Sleat Community Trust say they will be able to expand the shop's range of goods and have a dedicated post office counter as well as integral storage.

The removal of a decades-old tree in Ashaig has caused outrage.

A photograph of the tree at Pulpit Rock, which local tradition says was once an ancient area of worship, was posted in Facebook group SALAD – Skye and Lochalsh Airport Discussion.

The group believe the tree was removed as part of preparations for an airport trial Highland Council hope to introduce.

Comments from Facebook members describe the felling as "desecration," "awful" and a "disgrace."

A call has been issued for volunteers to help at an Armadale festival.

Beo Festival will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 of May.  

Festival headliners include The Vatersay Boys, Trail West and Urban Teuchtars.  

Information on how to volunteer can be found here.

Views will be discussed on proposals for an "anti-smacking" Bill.

Portree is set to host a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee as MSPs discuss proposals to stop parents relying on the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they physically punish their child.

MSPs will meet a range of groups on the island, before holding a formal meeting with representatives of different faiths and belief systems.

Witnesses expected to appear before the meeting in Portree are: James Gillies from the Christian Institute; Mairi Campbell-Jack from Quakers in Britain; Reverend Peter Nimmo from Church and Society Council, Church of Scotland, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness and Fraser Sutherland from Humanists in Scotland.  Representatives from the Evangelical Alliance and the Free Church Continuing are also expected to attend.