Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Following a change in the current weather conditions today Wednesday, January 31st, Police Scotland has issued a warning to drivers to DRIVE WITH CAUTION in the northern half of the country.

Skye is one area most likely to be affected by snow and ice from 6pm tonight; as well as the  Western Isles, Argyll, Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Angus, and Perth and Kinross areas.

The race is on if you want to enter the 2018 Isle of Skye Half Marathon.

The 13.1 mile road race starts and finishes in Portree and is said to be one of the world's most scenic races. 

668 entries had already been sold yesterday (30th January).

For more information and to register your entry visit

Optima Consumer Healthcare Limited is recalling Optima Glucosamine tablets which contain fish, molluscs and crustaceans and Omega Choice 3-6-9 capsules which contain sesame and soya.

These allergens are not correctly identified on the labels and are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to fish, molluscs, crustaceans, sesame or soya.

If you have bought the above products and have an allergy to fish and/or molluscs and/or crustaceans and/or sesame and/or soya do not eat them.

Instead return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.


A Scottish Government fund aimed at boosting the attainment levels of the most deprived pupils is set to pay out over £4m to schools across the Highlands next year.

More than 2,300 schools across Scotland are set to benefit from the funding – including 183 across Highland Council's region.

The significant investment gives money directly to headteachers, allowing them to spend the money on local initiatives that will close the poverty-related attainment gap.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "The SNP has made closing the attainment gap our priority in this parliament – and the latest investment of over £4m in our schools and our children across the Highlands is a key part of that.

"Every child should have the best possible start in life, no matter their background – and the role that schools play in giving children the support they need is absolutely vital.

A Public Consultation Day is being held on Monday 5th February from 2-7pm at Portree Community Centre by Portree & Braes Community Trust.   

Fearann Eilean Iarmain (Isle Ornsay Estate) has for some time been talking with the Trust about ownership of some areas of ground in Portree. 

These are:

  • Am Meall na h-Acarsaid (The Lump)
  • King George V Playing Field
  • Bayfield Amenity Ground
  • Pairc nan Laoch (Skye Camanachd Shinty Pitch)
  • Sulaisiadar Common Grazings

Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Naiseanta na Gàidhlig is sending a strong message of support and encouragement to parents considering Gaelic Medium Education for their child or children, as the dates for enrolment approach.

Stòrlann provides an impressive range of teaching materials for Gaelic education settings across Scotland — and is today stressing that it also supports parents who may not be able to speak Gaelic themselves and be concerned about how to support their child.

The main sources of support for parents are online: the website and its Homework Help section, where parents can have live online chats with teachers and get answers to whatever Gaelic-related query they have.

A group of nine volunteers braved the misty weather to clean up a lay by near Broadford today (Saturday 27 2018.)

Organised by Matt Harrison of ACE Target Sports, the clean up project is part of I Love Skye's #keepitclean2018 campaign and was inspired by Matt's every day experiences.  He told The Skye Times: "I see this mess every day and I want to get something positive done.  

"It's not just this site.  

"When this is done I'm going to move onto another one.  

"We market ourselves as a tourist destination and if every lay by has a sofa in it, we will lose tourism."

Crowds turned out yesterday (Friday 26 January) for a silent protest at Portree Hospital.

The protesters had a chance to share their views and experiences on local healthcare.  

Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP, attended the protest in order to meet constituents with Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of the NHSH Board.  They met with group members and other senior NHSH staff for over an hour and a range of issues were discussed.

Save Portree Hospital Facebook page stated: "The outcomes of the meeting were limited to promises to investigate the situation regarding Raasay and of a few specific instances where care has fallen short of expectation. On the key issues of 24/7 A&E and 12 beds in Portree hospital and maternity service provision across the area, the weight of public concern was noted but there was no sign of movement.

"As a consequence we will be inviting Elaine Mead, David Alston and Gill MacVicar to a public meeting on Skye to give them an opportunity to convince us that their 'design' will improve the quality of healthcare provision in the North of Skye."


Kate Forbes MSP, who is leading Scotland-wide campaign 'the Final Straw', welcomed news from CalMac that it will no longer use plastic straws. 

Ms Forbes wrote to CalMac earlier this month asking them to reconsider their stance, and last week Sunnyside Primary School from Glasgow shared progress on their #NaeStrawAtAw project in a presentation to CalMac’s Community Board in Oban. 

CalMac’s Environmental Manager, Klare Chamberlain said "We have been working with our suppliers over the last year or so to identify alternatives to single-use plastics and with our waste contractors to ensure than any alternatives can be suitably managed.

Following two decades of discussions with Scottish Water, a north-west community on Skye will finally get a new water pipe after Skye MSP Kate Forbes intervened. 

The current water main, which supplies roughly 60 households, is an old concrete asbestos pipe, was installed in the 1960s, and is now well past its sell by date.

As a result, in the past year there have been several bursts, clearly indicating that it was time for Scottish Water to upgrade the pipe. This included at least seven bursts over a six month period within metres of a croft.

Kate Forbes MSP took up the case for Dunvegan crofter Alasdair MacLean, who first raised the issue 20 years ago whilst he was the Township Clerk of Roag Township.

Earlier this month, Scottish Water confirmed to Kate Forbes they planned to replace the pipe as a new project, after initially arguing that there wasn't sufficient need as it was not a priority.

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