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A three-vehicle accident has taken place near Bernisdale and the road is currently blocked.

Police say the accident was reported at 2:53pm on the A850 and involved a Range Rover and an Audi S4.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told Skye Times Online that there didn't appear to be any serious injuries.

Recovery has been arranged for the vehicles.



An event on Skye last week brought together sheep farmers, chefs and the business community to promote a new island brand: Skye mutton.

Over a hundred guests enjoyed haggis-spiced mutton faggot, the winning result of a recipe competition, prepared by chef Scott Davies of the island’s famous Three Chimneys restaurant, at a Skye Connect dinner on November 22.

The meal showcased the result of months of hard work by a Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) group, a Scottish Government and EU-funded rural development initiative, set up to find out whether there might be appetite on the island for Skye mutton rather than just lamb.

“There was 100% positive feedback!” says Janette Sutherland of SAC Consulting, who led the group. “It was tremendous, really tasty. It’s always struck me that although people on Skye eat mutton at home, you never see it on menus, so tourists don’t get the opportunity to try it.”

Voting for the Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh By-Election begins next week (Thursday 6 December.)

Polling stations will open their doors at 7am and remain open until 10pm.

The nine candidates are Gavin Berkenheger, Christopher Birt, Irene Frances Brandt, Harry Christian, Jean Davis, Les Durance, Richard Greene, Alexander MacInnes and George Scott.

Anyone who has applied for a postal vote who may not yet have posted their ballot paper is reminded that they can hand it in to any of the polling stations up until 10 pm on Thursday 6 December.

Two local photographers' images has been shortlisted in the Mountain Photo of the Year competition.

Run by Trail Magazine, 20 images have been selected from over 800 entries featuring UK mountains.

Adrian Trendall, whose image of the Cuillin Ridge from Sgurr na Stri was chosen, told Skye Times Online: "This competition is normally won by photos from Lake District or Snowdonia so it'd be fantastic if a Skye photo could do well."

Also featuring Skye is a moody image of the Fairy Pools, taken by Matt Deamer.

The other finalists include Brian McCready, Chris Dingwall, Chris Himsworth, Catriona Webster, Gareth Owen, Giles Pease, Chris Mutton, Graham Noble, Jeffery Hamilton, Graham Niven, Mark Gamblin, John McSporran, Martin Brown, Martin Kryda, Michael Eyton, Sarah Baynham and Stanislava Krydova.

The winner will be selected by public vote.  Voting is open until 10 December at 5pm.  The short-list can be viewed here.

Image by Adrian Trendall.


The first acts have been announced for local festival, Skye Live.

Peatbog Faeries will be playing their first Skye gig since 2015 at the festival.  They will be appearing along with Niteworks.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the festival, which will be held on Friday 6 September and Saturday 7 September 2019.


Portree's Fat Panda Takeaway will close on Sunday 23 December.

The takeaway will reopen in early 2019 and will be under new ownership.

Present owner, Pauline Ng, stated: "Sunday 23rd December will the last day we’re open as owners of The Fat Panda Take away.

"We decided it was time for us to step back and spend more time as a family and pursue our own passions and interests.

"We would like to thank all our customers for the many years of support you have given us.

"The new owners will be opening sometime in February and you’ll be glad to know they’ll be open on Saturday’s as well."

An information session will be held in Portree as part of a review of progress on the Ritchie Report.

Sir Lewis Ritchie will attend the evening session, which will take place in the Tigh-na-Sgire council chamber from 5:30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 4 December.

It will follow a day of meetings between Sir Lewis and local councillors, senior NHS Highland management, the board’s partner organisations, health care groups and representatives.

Catriona MacDonald, chair of both the external view steering group and group, SOS Skye, said: “The evening information session will begin informally with people able to speak with members of the panel and the different external view workstream groups such as Urgent Care, Community beds, Transport and Accessibility etc.

“At around 6pm a panel made up of Sir Lewis Ritchie, Hugo van Woerden, NHS Highland’s director of public health, David Park, chief officer of the Highland Health and Social Care Partnership and Councillor Ronald MacDonald will be held.”

She said each member of the panel will make a short summary and assessment of the day’s proceedings. These summaries will outline what has been achieved so far and views on the way forward.

There will then be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the panel as well as members of the workstream groups.

Power will be disrupted in Portree on Thursday 6 December.

Essential work will be carried out to electrical equipment in the Dunvegan Road, Springfield area.  Such works include tree cutting in the vicinity of the overhead power lines.

SSEN say the power will go off at 9am and be returned by 3pm.

Road surface improvements are being carried out by BEAR Scotland on the A87.  

The works are scheduled to take place between Broadford and Sconser, on the road north of Portree, a section near Earlish and at Varagill between now and December.  

Anyone travelling between Broadford and Sconser from 7pm onwards will experience an hour-long delay as road works are carried out.

A spokesperson for BEAR Scotland told Skye Times Online: "The ongoing surfacing improvements on the A87 at Torra Michaig between Broadford and Sconser are part of a wider £930,000 programme to improve the road surface on the trunk road through Skye.

Unfair delivery charges will be tackled during a new action plan from the Scottish Government.

Unveiled in Inverness on Cyber Monday, the plan sets out a series of aims.

These include a proposal to map the worst affected areas and share people's experiences.

It is aimed to improve accuracy of postcode classification tools by the end of 2019 to stop accessible locations being mistakenly categorised as rural or remote.

Research suggests that consumers across the north of Scotland pay on average at least 30% more than people elsewhere in the UK.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said: "Unfair delivery practices are not only frustrating and discriminatory for consumers, they are a barrier to small businesses operating in rural and remote areas.

"We have long called for an end to unfair delivery charges."

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