Monday, December 10, 2018
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An update has been released on the power cut planned for today (Thursday 6 December.)

The SSEN have temporarily isolated power supplies to properties in Springfield Road and Rosebank Terrace in order to safely carry out planned, essential maintenance.

This will last until around 3pm today.

The maintenance includes tree cutting as part of the SSEN's ongoing maintenance programme to keep overhead power lines clear from vegetation and improve the resilience of the network.

A spokesperson from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) told Skye Times Online: "We would like to thank our customers for their patience as we work to safely carry out essential maintenance work near Springfield Road and Rosebank Terrace today. Tree cutting forms part of our ongoing maintenance programme to keep our overhead power lines clear from trees and other vegetation to help ensure we deliver a safe and reliable supply of electricity to our customers."

CalMac's book system will be down for maintenance today (Tuesday 4 December) and tomorrow (Wednesday 5 December.)

The ferry company say their system will be down from 6pm to 6pm.  

This will affect customers who are trying to book in advance online, through the Customer Contact Centre or in the ports.

Two cars went off the road this morning (Tuesday 4 December) due to the icy conditions.

Local police have given a special warning to drivers on the A87, especially at the Varigall to Sligachan stretch.

They stated that there are: "Very icy road conditions and two cars off the road already."

"Take great care on this stretch this morning and slow down - road is passable with care whilst recovery is being arranged."

A Community First Responder scheme could be set up in Portree, if vital funds are raised.

Efforts are being made to raise £1,500 required to buy the necessary kit.  Once purchase, the kit will also require maintenance and upgrading.  

A Community First Responder is a local volunteer who agrees to undertake training in Basic Life Support. This then enables them to provide life saving treatment to those people within the community who are critically ill, in the first few minutes prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

To read more of the story, visit the JustGiving page here.


CalMac have adopted a new strategy to better educate passengers on emergency procedures.

The ferry operator have premiered a new on-board safety video.

The film lasts for three minutes and features local residents from Arran.  Combining humour with potentially lifesaving information, it is hoped the film will relay CalMac's safety message effectively.

The current safety announcement is a pre-recorded audio message, played after the captain has welcomed the passengers on board.

The video and audio messages have been recorded in English and Gaelic with the video also having subtitles. The new video and audio announcements will be rolled out across the fleet during 2018.

Scotland has been named one of the world's top travel destinations for 2018, with special recognition going to the Isle of Skye.

The list by travel magazine, Wanderlust, named Scotland in fourth place.

The magazine described Scotland as being home to "heathered highlands and glassy lochs to remote windswept isles where the only sound is the breeze gusting through rocky crag."

The list mentions the beauty of Harris and Barra, going on to say: "But for pure drama – and joy – you can simply head to the wild green canvas of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, where walks pinch the 30km edge of this wide open expanse offering unrivalled views of the majestic Cuillin range."

The full list can be read here.


Skye's popular music festival, Skye Live, will once again fill Portree with music.

The two day festival will take place on Friday 21 September and Saturday 22 September.

The festival will return to The Lump.  

Full details can be found here.


2018's First Footing can begin with a wild swim, say Skye Sailing Club.

The Club will host an open-to-all wild swimming session on New Year's Day.  

The wild swimming will begin at 10am on Monday 1 January.  Drams and hot drinks will be available for anyone taking to the waters.  

The Club say: "Swimmers must be able to swim at least 50 metres unassisted – wetsuits are recommended. Any persons under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (they need not swim alongside but be on hand to confirm permission to swim, offer support and help warm up their ward at the end!). We will have a warmed viewing area available!"

The sessions will start from the Scorrybreac Boathouse in Portree.

Forecasts are currently inconclusive so the conditions may ultimately prove to be unsuitable for the sessions. You must check the Club Facebook page one hour before the session is due to begin to find out if there has been any postponement or cancellation.




An Crùbh Post Office will be closed on Tuesday 9 January.

The closure will allow an upgrade of the branch technology and a change to the till systems.

The aim is to reopen the Post Office again after lunch time.

Donnie Nicolson has praised the fast actions of the staff at Portree, after an anaphylactic reaction left his partner, Rosie, straining to breathe.

Rosie's reaction took place shortly after eating prawns.  Very quickly, her lips and eyes started to swell and she was soon vomiting, struggling to breathe and struggling to walk. 

The incident took place on Friday 22 December - the same day as NHS Highland announced it would be temporarily suspending the Minor Injuries/Urgent Care Centre at Portree Hospital.

Mr Nicolson stated: "The medical team on duty at Portree Hospital quickly took her into their care and went to work. As you would expect, it was true professionalism at its best. Within a short time the drugs administered had taken effect and her symptoms were brought under control. She was kept in a further few hours for observation before being let home later that night. She had suffered an anaphylactic reaction to prawns - something we eat all the time.

"Once getting home, we had time to reflect on the evenings events, and to ask, yes - but what if?"

Mr Nicolson believes Rosie's story could have ended very differently, had the incident happened during the suspension of services.  

“Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening severe allergic reaction. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment and as Rosie had never experienced anything like this previously she had no Epipen.

“Had we gone to Portree Hospital and found there was not the appropriate staff or equipment we would have had to go to Broadford. The journey would have required an ambulance under blue lights, but would there have been an ambulance available?

“Rosie needed adrenaline – the delaying of this can result in deterioration and death. The treatment that Rosie received within 20 minutes of experiencing symptoms saved her life. If this had happened just a week later when we believe the same level of care will not be available in Portree – the outcome may have been very different.

"Rosie was lucky, she got the required treatment quickly and has made a full recovery. Our fear is that others will not be so lucky. Once the basic life saving capability has been removed from Portree hospital, lives will be lost. And once something is gone, you’ll not get it back."

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