£1,752 was raised for charity at a recent coffee afternoon.

Hosted by Uig Hotel, the event took place on Saturday 13 October in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

Hotel owner, Anne Harley, told The Skye Times: "We were overwhelmed by the support from those who joined us on the day and the generosity of both the individuals and businesses who gave so much for the raffle and silent auction."

CalMac's most popular ferry routes in 2017 have been revealed..

The Mallaig to Armadale crossing (285,483 passengers) proved more popular than Ullapool to Stornoway (275,737 passengers).  The statistics also showed that the Skye/Mallaig route was the most popular crossing for coaches across Scotland.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "Mallaig to Armadale figures were up by 10 per cent compared to the fateful summer of 2016. Importantly that means that visitors will be travelling through the Sleat peninsula, where communities have worked long and hard to build up a viable industry.

A sign was stolen from the roadside at Skeabost last week.

Police are looking into the theft of the sign, which they estimate was stolen overnight from Tuesday 9 into Wednesday 10.

The sign is identical to the one above.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.

 

A car collided with railings near the Royal Hotel in Portree in the early hours of the morning (Friday 12 October.)

A black Ford Mondeo struck the railings at around 1:50am-2am.  

A spokesperson from Police Scotland told The Skye Times: "The vehicle is understood to have travelled from the direction of Uig along the A87 prior to the collision.

"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police in Portree by calling 101, quoting reference NP3993/18."

A Skye chef will be the latest guest in a series of afternoon tea events.

Lady Clare Macdonald of Kinloch Lodge will be hosting the fourth installment in the Gleneagles Afternoon Tea events.

Bringing her classic cooking techniques to Gleneagles, Lady Macdonald’s Afternoon Tea will showcase Scottish ingredients from across the country with an exciting twist. The limited-edition afternoon tea will be created by Gleneagles’ team of expert pastry chefs and will include dishes such as warm crab and Mull cheddar melt and mini Welsh rarebit. There will also be sweet treats including marmalade gingerbread, toasted hazelnut shortbread and dark chocolate brandy squares.

Lady Claire Macdonald said: “Afternoon tea has always been a feature of British culture, but these days it is achieving status as a meal in its own right. Combining celebration with indulgence, it is something that can be enjoyed by all generations.

“These afternoon tea menus are inspired and contain exquisite and delectable items, both savoury and sweet, from Scottish chefs of renown. As a cook I feel so very honoured to be in the company of these great guest chefs and to be invited to participate by Gleneagles - itself synonymous with top quality."

A step forward has been taken towards easing delays at the Stromeferry Bypass.

Network Rail and the Office of Rail and Road have agreed a new operations document for an alternative signalling system.  The new system will required trains to stop at a point adjacent to the site.  The train driver will then communicate with the signaller, who will contract the site controller of site safety.  Trains will then proceed through the works with the signaller instructs the train.

The installation of fixed signals and a magnet warning system is scheduled to begin within the next week.

Ian Blackford MP stated: "This will allow longer opening times based on the train schedule rather than the existing long token section.

A major step forward in improving Edinbane's paths and access has been taken.

The Edinbane Community Company (ECC) has been awarded £80,000 by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme

The ECC are aware of at least five local paths and cycle routes earmarked for improvement.  Speaking on behalf of the ECC Chairman, Alistair Danter said: "Our priority would be to see the path extended from the caravan park to Flashadder, others include the top road into the village as well as the Greshornish loop and extending a recovered section of old road as far as the Fairy Bridge, all of which would provide a great deal of benefit to the area. We look forward to working with the residents and businesses as we shape our local environment and link the places they live, with where they want to go.

A call for a volunteer to help at the RNLI's Kyle workstation has been issued.

The role, that of Inshore Lifeboat Crew, would require being on call for lifeboat shouts, attend exercises and contribute to overall upkeep of the station, lifeboats and equipment.

Applicants must be between 17-55 and live or work within the vicinity of the station.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

The close date for applications is 26 October 2018.

Dunvegan Primary School is the latest building to fall victim to the severe rain.

The school's disused basement became severely flooded with groundwater.  

A local maintenance team is arranging for the water to be pumped out of the area, which will then be dried out.  

Elgar Finlay, Chairman of the Dunvegan Primary Parent Council, described the crisis as an "emergency situation" today (Tuesday 9 October.)  He shared a video of water pouring through the walls of the basement and noted that this was directly below the children's classroom.  

Mr Finlay stated: "It is only a matter of time before this school causes serious health issues for our children.

"I have no idea if the structure of these walls remains safe or if the school could collapse."

Mr Finlay continued: "The need for a new school for the area was recently highlighted to have been ongoing for over 30 years and having been removed from the Highland Councils capital plan due to budget cuts, having previously been told we were getting a new school is causing further distress and damaging our community. The conditions of the school are now simply unsafe, for educational purposes they are appalling and have been for some time. Our community is rightly becoming more angry, each week that passes as there is another significant issue being reported.

A motorcyclist from Skye has thanked medics who cared for him after a road accident.

42-year-old Chris Prior, who works in human resources in Glasgow, was travelling to Skye on his Kawasaki Ninja motorbike on June 15 when a collision sent the him flying off his bike before clattering into a crash barrier.

Mr Prior said: “I was in a long line of traffic and moving really slowly. I manoeuvred out and I drifted out behind a car.

“Just as I popped out to have a look, a van – coming in the opposite direction – glanced me on the side and hit me.

“I flew off the bike and flew half the width of the road and into a crash barrier, and landed in a heap.”