An event will be held at Portree High School as part of a programme of early engagement of a Culture Strategy for Scotland.

The Scottish Government is committed to developing a culture strategy and are working with artists, cultural organisations, communities and individuals across the country to gather their views and reflect on their experience to help shape the strategy.

The event is free and open to all, limited only by the capacity of the venue.  Registration is recommended via Eventbrite to secure a space and anyone attending on the night without registering will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

Alternative arrangements are also available for anyone who cannot access Eventbrite. Further details are available via the website here.

The event will be held on Thursday November 2 from 5pm to 7pm.

The Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre is running a block of classes – Using School Records for Family and Local History Research – as part of High Life Highland’s You Time programme.

Classes will be held at the Archive Centre in Portree from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 November.

The cost for the 2 week block is £11.60 (full price), £5.80 (60 years+), £1 (budget High Life card holders) or free (High Life All Inclusive members).

The sessions will examine local education records, including school log books, admission registers and photographs, and demonstrate how they can reveal details relating to the pupils and teachers. We will also focus on how the records can help us to understand more about the local area.

To book a place contact the Fingal Centre on 01478 614819. 

For further information on the classes please contact the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre on 01478 614078 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A day of action is planned to protest against rural health issues.

Portree and Caithness Health Action Team (CHAT) & Galloway will each be holding a day of action in their respective areas.

Organised by SOS-NHS, the Portree day will begin at the Bank Street car park and will be followed by a march with the pipers to Portree Square.  In case of bad weather, the pipers will march to the Community Centre.  

The day will also have flags, burgers, fundraising, dancing, balloons, music, face painting and information.

The day of action will take place on Saturday 28 October at 2pm.