Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Portree is one of the latest Highland towns to have free WiFi.

The WiFi can be accessed in the centre of the town, thanks to a project led by the Highland Council.  

Named “High-Fi”, the free Wi-Fi is aimed at stimulating economic growth and will increase digital inclusion across the Highlands. Easy access to digital connectivity is seen as essential if the Highland region is to be innovative and keep its competitive place in the tourism market.

Allied to this, WiFi also offers the opportunity to gather data to support tourism and the creation of a wireless infrastructure in a town centre allows smart traffic management technology to be utilised.

A draft Uig Development Brief has been launched by Highland Council.  

The consultation period will run for 8 weeks from now until 21 September 2018.

The Brief aims to provide a framework for physical development and transformation of the Uig Harbour area.  £30 million is expected to be invested by Transport Scotland in the Skye Triangle ferry service.  Improvements are expected to include a new ferry vessel and major upgrade of Uig Harbour.

Once approved in its final form, the Brief will provide a detailed planning policy framework which the Council will use to inform its decisions on any future planning applications.

Chair of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee, Cllr John Gordon said: "I’m pleased to see the development brief progress to the consultation stage as it will give the local community, businesses and other stakeholders an opportunity to influence the plan which will shape the future of the area for many years to come.

"A Scandalous Liaison on Skye" - if it sounds like the title of a Mills & Boon, that's because it is.

Mills & Boon have commissioned the story after Skye's Fairy Pools topped a list of the UK's most romantic places.

Mills & Boon say the list pf the UK's 10 Most Romantic Places was formed with the help of a panel of travel experts and a survey of 2,000 people.  Ten stories have been commissioned to celebrate each location.

Marguerite Kaye penned the Skye story, which features rugged Highlander, Rory MacDonald, and the magical backdrop of the Fairy Pools.  The area forms the setting for a “secret trysting place where love blooms amid the magical combination of rocks, tumbling water and heather.”

Kate Forbes, the constituency MSP for Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh, will host 14 surgeries next week over six days as she enters into the second week of her summer constituency tour.

Ms Forbes will visit both of Skye’s hospitals, meet with the island’s four local councillors to discuss school and roads infrastructure, and see how work has progressed on tourism infrastructure projects. She will also attend the community celebration event at the Fairy Pools, marking the acquisition of the 12.3 ha from Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “It’s a packed week in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh, as I meet local people and discuss the issues that matter.

“I am keen to hear about people’s concerns, as that’s my primary job, but also to celebrate progress that’s been made since last summer.

The Minginish Community now officially owns 30 acres (12.3ha) of land at Glenbrittle after completing the asset transfer.

The land extends roughly from the fence line below the S-bend down to the burn above the next forest entrance south of the car park.

To celebrate this acquisition the Minginish Hall Association are arranging a community event on 10th August at 3:30pm-5:30pm. The Association are very pleased to announce that local MSP Kate Forbes will be attending the event.

An eleven-month-old "Thank You" has finally reached its intended recipient.

A post in the Scottish Hill Walking & Wild Camping Facebook group praised "a very kind person" who discovered three pairs of walking boots and placed them on a fence in Eynort.

The post, from Joanna Hayes, went on to explain that her children's walking boots had been left on the roof of their car and fallen off.  Back in August, she hoped to reach and thank the person who saved her children's footwear.

Update (30/07/18): Police Scotland confirmed the owner was traced safe and well a short time after the bicycle was found in Kyle. It Appears they had left the bicycle and trailer for a short time to seek shelter from the rain.


A bicycle, complete with trailer and luggage, has been found in Kyle. Police are trying to find the owner to confirm their well being.

The bike was discovered near the Kyle RNLI station around 6am this morning (Saturday 28 July.)

Visitors and locals may need to plan their journeys carefully, as they won't be able to fill up in Broadford filling station.

The fuel service will be unavailable in Broadford for a minimum of 12 weeks as work is carried out.

Contractors will begin work on Tuesday 28 August.  It is expected that the fuel service will be restored after 12 weeks; however there is a contingency of a further two weeks, if required.  



A car fire took place in Kyle on Thursday 26 July.

Police are appealing for information and say enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire at Langlands Terrace.

Police officers were made aware of the fire at around 2.40am.  The fire was extinguished by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and nobody was injured, though the vehicle was extensively damaged.

Constable Derek Ferguson said: "Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the cause of the fire but we would ask anyone with information to contact local officers on 101 quoting incident number NP/3189/18 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."



Ever wanted to be on television?  Now is your chance!

Extras are wanted to take part in Gaelic drama series, Bannan.

The series will be filmed in Sleat during the months of August and September.

Organisers say that having Gaelic is not essential and that the opportunity includes pay and the chance to experience television drama from a unique perspective. 

Sarah Jane of Young Films told The Skye Times: "We're about to commence filming of the 6th series of Bannan – all filmed locally in Sleat in the Isle of Skye. 

"It's an exciting stage of the production when we are looking for extras – we have a number of regular extras who have been with us since the beginning but we are always looking for new people to join them. 

"This time we have a few smaller speaking parts so are looking for Gaelic speakers with an interest in being on screen.  We also have a scene where we are looking for 'younger' extras – 18–30 year olds!  It's such a great chance to see a drama being made in the local community."

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