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A drone has gone missing near Kilt Rock waterfall.

Portree police say they received a report of a missing drone and remote control in a black leather case.

The items are believed to have been lost sometime on the morning of Saturday 29 September in the Kilt Rock area.

Anyone who has information regarding the items should contact Portree Police Station on 101

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch in Kyle is to close.

Following an independent review into the 10 planned closures, RBS will only be keeping two of their branches open.  Castlebay Branch in Barra and Biggar Branch in South Lanarkshire have avoided the planned closure.

Kate Forbes MSP has voiced her disappointment after the Johnston Carmichael review stated that Kyle branch usage was low.  The report also mentioned it was not the last bank in the town.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: "As the MSP for Beauly and Kyle, I am of course disappointed that the RBS branches in both towns are to close.

"Whilst I recognise that branch use has been declining in both of these areas, there are still well-documented and legitimate questions regarding security and disabled access in the alternative banking provision.

Cameras and equipment, estimated to be worth around a six figure sum, have been stolen near Beauly.

A break-in took place at Ffordes Photographic in the early hours of Wednesday 26 September.


Police say entry was forced to the premises and a significant number of items of valuable camera equipment was stolen during the incident.

Detective Sergeant Graham Gordon said: "This is an unusual incident for this area and we are continuing with extensive enquiries in the area.

"Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around Wester Balblair around the time of the break in or was in the area at that time can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NN10337/18, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111if you have any information."

Four Skye businesses have made the shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.

The annual awards recognises where best to stay, eat and visit.

Scottish music festivals will compete against a celebration of Asian arts and culture in one category, while hotels, guest houses, restaurants, small food outlets, heritage centres, wildlife spotting tours and others will also battle it out for the coveted piper trophies.

Shortlisted under "Best Heritage Tourism Experience" is Skye's Go to St Kilda boat trips.  Toravaig Hotel in south Skye is in the running to win under the "Best Eating Experience" category.  Finally, two Skye hotels will be competing against each other and a Sutherland hotel to win the "Most Hospitable Hotel" title: Uig Hotel and Skeabost Hotel.

A spokesperson for the Uig Hotel told The Skye Times: "We are extremely pleased to have been nominated for this and to have made the shortlist for the second time in 3 years.  Reaching this stage is all down to the fantastic staff at the hotel who do everything they can to make our guests stay an enjoyable one."


Do you have photographs of a great day out at The Oyster Shed?

If so, your images could be used as part of a picture wall feature in the Minginish-based eatery.

Owner, Paul McGlynn, is redesigning the premises and hopes to use photographs taken by guests over the past seven seasons.  

To take part, visit the Facebook page here.

A dog has been handed into the police today (Wednesday 26 September.)

Police are currently looking to reunite the dog, which was found in the Braes area, with its owner.

The dog is described as black and tan and has been handed into Portree Police Station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101.

Asbestos was found in Broadford Primary School's kitchen yesterday (Tuesday 25 September.)

Although Highland Council stated the risk posed from this type of asbestos was very low, the school kitchen was closed.

A Highland Council spokesperson said: "Following access made to the roof of the school for maintenance, a crack was noticed in the ceiling of the kitchen which has a textured decorative coating. Due to small fragments of the coating being present on the floor, the kitchen area was closed off yesterday (25 Sep) as a precaution until surfaces were cleaned and the crack repaired. Sandwiches were provided by the school for children for lunch.

Do you have access to a boat or an all-terrain vehicle?  Then you might be able to help with an innovative new project which has seen members of rural communities working with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

The Community Asset Register (CAR) contains a list of volunteers with access to boats or 4x4s join a register, allowing the SFRS to quickly identify who can help in an emergency.

A rallying call has now been issued to others who live in rural and isolated areas, have specialist skills and who own their own transport - such as all-terrain vehicles - to follow in their footsteps.

People with buildings that can offer a temporary base to emergency personnel or warmth and shelter to displaced members of the community are also welcomed.

Bruce Farquharson is the Area Manager who has led this project.  He said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service exists to save lives and will always respond to every emergency with the right resources, in the right place - at the right time.

“But we always look for new and innovative, dynamic but nonetheless appropriate partnerships wherever possible to absolutely ensure the safety of our communities.

“The Community Asset Register is yet another example of this spirit, calling upon those with specialist skills, vehicles and equipment to work alongside ourselves to keep people safe – because sometimes minutes can be not only precious but vital.

“The ideal person is someone who is experienced and knowledgeable in their field and handling their equipment. We are talking about, for example, white water rafters, mountaineers and 4x4 enthusiasts but there are other possibilities.

The independent facilitator involved in the implementation of the Ritchie report has stood down.

Mr David Noble cited health reasons as the factor in his decision to relinquish the post.

David, who was the chief executive of the former Skye and Lochalsh District Council for 21 years, said: “I very much regret having to step down from the work. Unfortunately, it is absolutely unavoidable because of health reasons.”

Mr Noble was unanimously chosen to be the independent facilitator by members of the campaign group NHS-SOS Skye in June this year. Since then he has been instrumental in setting up the framework and processes necessary in order to put the Ritchie Review recommendations into practice.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport is to visit Skye.

It is expected that Jeane Freeman MSP will visit Portree Hospital, which campaigners from the north of the island have been fighting to keep open.

Sir Lewis Ritchie, whose review into healthcare provision categorically stated that the hospital in Skye's biggest population centre must remain open – and have its services enhanced – will be visiting in December to meet with the community and NHS Highland officials to discuss progress made on the implementation of his recommendations.

It is understood that the Cabinet Secretary's visit take place at some point during 2019.

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