Saturday, March 23, 2019
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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.



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."

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.

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