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Raasay Primary children will be sleeping in the school in an effort to highlight homelessness in Scotland.

The school will be taking part in the Social Bite Wee Sleep Out, a junior version of the Sleep In The Park event.

To raise money for the event, the pupils will be running a Pop Up Wee Bite Cafe in Raasay Community Hall on Friday 9 November from 2pm until 4 pm. They will be serving refreshments and cakes, as well as explaining what their night at the school will involve.   People in the community can donate food down at the Raasay Community Shop.  

Headteacher, Wilma Duncan, told The Skye Times: "In the evening, at the school, pupils will watch a video on Social Bite, the charity.

A yacht in danger of being broken up was towed to safety on Friday 26 October.

The yacht, which had one person aboard, had a steering problem.  Kyle RNLI say it was stuck against the windward side of Broadford pier and, due to being battered by high winds and large swell, was in danger of breaking up.

Communities across Skye and Raasay have until Thursday 29 November to get their entries in for the 2018 Eilean a’ Cheò Civic Awards.

This is the eighth year of the Awards which are organised by the Ward 10 Highland Councillors to recognise people from all age groups and walks of life who have contributed to the success and well-being of their local communities.

This year’s award categories are:

Young People

All nominees must be resident on the Isle of Skye or Raasay and be able to demonstrate their actions or activities have resulted in a significant benefit and deserve recognition.

A Skye restaurant has been named as one of only five restaurants genuinely worth travelling for.

The Three Chimneys was one of the restaurants chosen in the Wall Street Journal list. 

The list also featured restaurants in Maine, Australia, the Faeroe Islands and Sweden.

Writer, Margot Dougherty, said of the Skye restaurant: "When nothing but Isle of Muck red-legged partridge will do, Three Chimneys is your go-to.

"Other examples of chef Scott Davies’ take on farm-to-table cuisine: local Rose beef with Isle of Barra snail ravioli and honey-yogurt parfait with a dusting of Douglas fir and almonds."

The Three Chimneys team stated: "Wow! ...what a surprise and a great end to the day for #TeamThreeChimneysSkye."

They continued: "Thank-you Wall Street Journal for this brilliant recommendation and very encouraging boost for Head Chef, Scott Davies, and all of our team here on the rugged and enchanting Isle of Skye."


A team of drone pilots has formally joined Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).

Search and Rescue Aerial Association Scotland (SARAA-Scotland) supported a search for a missing person in East Lothian in September.

Following a vote at the SMR's AGM, the association became a full member shortly after the East Lothian incident.

An RAF team, two Search and Rescue Dog Association teams and three Police Scotland teams are also members.

SMR's other members include Aberdeen, Arran, Braemar, Borders, Dundonnell, Oban and Skye MRTs.

12 in-patient beds will be restored to Portree Hospital.

NHS Highland have agreed to restore the beds and provide 24/7 Urgent Care at the hospital by May 2019.

Save Portree Hospital stated: "There is still much to be done to ensure there are adequate health services in [Skye & Lochalsh]. Please continue to support us."

NHS Highland’ Head of Community Services, North and West Division, Tracy Ligema, told a meeting of work stream representatives on Tuesday that she was willing to go ahead and re-open the beds while being aware that recruitment, which has been a problem in the past, could still be an issue. She asked for community support in ensuring that the recruitment process had the best chance of success.

After the meeting, Ms Ligema said: “It is clear that ensuring that an appropriate number of beds are retained at Portree Hospital, until the new proposals in the overall redesign are in place, is of paramount importance to the community.

“I am happy to say that we have listened. Recruitment is still an issue from our perspective and we look forward to working with the community to try to resolve that.”

Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s best-known naturalist and vice-president of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), has today (Thursday October 25th) added his voice to those calling for protection of kelp forests from the threat of mechanical dredging.
The veteran wildlife and environment campaigner has never intervened before on political issues in Scotland, but threats to kelp forests around Skye, the Western Isles and off the west coast of Scotland have inspired him to speak out.
A proposal from a company called Marine Biopolymers Ltd (MBL) has identified kelp forests east of Lewis, Harris, Barra and Vatersay as potential harvesting sites. Their proposal to use a dredge or ‘comb’ to extract whole kelp plants is in the pre-licensing stage with Marine Scotland.

To mark a hundred years of women's suffrage, ATLAS Arts hosted a two-day Wikipedia edit-a-thon in Portree with the aim to address the gender imbalance that exists on Wikipedia by focusing on women of Skye.

During the two-day event, which was led by Delphine Dallison of the Scottish Libraries and Information Service, was held in Portree Community Library and in conjunction with Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, 13 new articles were created, 14 new editors were trained (of which 13 were women). A total of 6.34 thousand words were added to Wikipedia and so far the new entries have been garnering hundreds of views so far.

An example of a new entry includes, Dr Alexandrina Matilda MacPhail (3 June 1860 - 6 November 1946) OBE. Born in Knock, Sleat in the Isle of Skye, MacPhail was a Scottish physician who graduated from the London School of Medicine for Women. In 1887 she became a missionary and doctor in India, where she founded what would become a large hospital in Madras. During the First World War, she also worked for the Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service as a doctor in Serbia and France. In 1912 MacPhail received a silver Kaisar-i-Hind Medal for public services in India from the Indian Viceroy, and in 1930 she was awarded an OBE.

Officers in the Skye & Lochalsh area have been leading activity for road safety initiative Operation Cedar for the last week.

This has included reporting two drivers after vehicles were detected driving at more than 50mph in a 30mph limit in the Broadford area.

Three motorists were also detected for alleged drink driving offences on Skye over the course of the week.

Issues relating to driving without insurance, vehicle faults and careless driving were also detected over the course of the week.

Officers carried out general patrols across Skye & Lochalsh, resulting in engagement with drivers about speeding and other issues on the roads.

The Highlands and Islands are one of the top travel destinations, according to Lonely Planet.

The travel authority today (Tuesday 23 October) named the region as one of the top 10 Best In Travel destinations for 2019, praising the distillery experience, purpose-built campervan parking and designer cottages.

The Highlands and Islands are the only Scottish destinations to be included in the list.


The guide stated: "Whisky is the essence of the Highlands and islands, a thousand years of history and culture distilled. And whisky is experiencing a boom not seen since the 1890s: no fewer than 20 new distilleries opened in Scotland in the past two years, and at least 20 more will open by 2020.

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