Skate/bike ramps will be be installed in Portree next year.

The project was undertaken by the Portree and Braes Community Trust Outdoor Activities Subgroup after a desire for the ramps was identified.  They stated: "This is the first project undertaken by this subgroup of the Trust, chosen after similar equipment was borrowed from the Lochaber area in July 2017 and was extremely popular and well used for the weeks that it was on site."

The group had raised around £3,500 thanks to local fundraising and generous support.  They were also awarded £9,591.49 from Highland LEADER to help make the project possible.

There has been "a trend of hit and run collisions," according to local police.

Police say they have noticed increasing numbers of drivers failing to leave their insurance details after colliding with another person's car.

Police Scotland said it did not need to be involved in collisions unless someone was hurt, or a road was blocked because of the crash.

But it added that it was an offence to leave the scene of minor collisions without swapping insurance details.

CMAL will host further public meetings to update communities on the harbour revision order (HRO) needed at Tarbert to allow for the harbour improvement works to begin.

To prepare for the new ferry that has been procured by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), upgrade work is being proposed at the harbours at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig, known as the Skye Triangle ports.

CMAL’s proposed harbour improvements will include, pier reconstruction and extension, seabed dredging to improve vessel access, land reclamation to increase the vehicle marshalling area and reconstruction of the terminal building.

The recent Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) AGM saw a change of Company Secretary after a decade of dedicated service from John Bannister MBE.

“John has been doing a sterling job as our company secretary” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), “and it is very sad for us, but understandable, that he wishes to retire from official duties and concentrate on his croft business. It is a very responsible governance role and takes a great deal of attention to detail. He was also secretary of the Skye and Lochalsh branch of SCF, and a great passion of John’s was practical, accessible training in crofting skills. He set up the SCF training programme 20 years ago and was closely involved in the programme and the training panel until recently. 

“We expressed our thanks at our board and council meeting, awarding John an honorary life membership of the SCF and presenting him with the traditional shepherd’s cromach, a symbol of his stewardship role.”

Mr Smith continued, “We also gave a warm welcome to his successor, Fiona Mandeville, whose role was ratified at the AGM. Fiona is very well-known in crofting, having worked as a staff member, a board member and the Chair of the SCF. Her willingness to continue to serve the SCF is very much appreciated.”

The well-attended AGM, held in Inverness last Friday, was initiated with a talk by Jim Hume, Convener of the National Rural Mental Health Forum. “This is a very important subject,” Mr Smith continued, “and the talk by Jim was well received, with a lively discussion following.

Mr Smith added, “The AGM received the company accounts, showing, we are happy to say, that the SCF is solvent and has a secure financial reserve. Retaining members and recruiting new members is always on top of the agenda. The SCF is the only organisation solely dedicated to campaigning for crofters and we have a great deal to do in the following year working for our membership. We call on all crofters to join the collective voice for crofting.”

Is your name Sarah?  Did you recently celebrate your wedding anniversary by throwing a bottle into the sea? 

The bottle, with its accompanying romantic message, has travelled all the way from the Isle of Skye to Prestwick.

The note begins: "Today in celebration of our first wedding anniversary, I write you this love note in a bottle.  In celebration of our love of the outdoors and for this love for both to last forever, we throw it into the sea from Skye, Scotland."

The bottle was discovered by Elissa Wilson during a volunteer clean of Prestwick beach.  She told The Skye Times: "The note is from Sarah.  Sadly it's not dated, and she doesn't give her partner's name."

Elissa continued: "It's a very personal declaration of love.  They may be disappointed it never left Scottish shores, but it's a fair old journey down the west coast from Skye to Ayrshire!"

Elissa took to Facebook in an attempt to trace Sarah and tell her how far her message travelled.  As of the time of writing, Elissa's post has been shared over 600 times.  Elissa stated:  "I suppose it shows we all love a romantic mystery!" 

 

 

A historic claymore sword has been stolen from a museum in the Small Isles.

The sword was taken from Canna House on the Isle of Canna.  Police believe it to have been stolen some time between Wednesday 6 June and Saturday 9 June.  

 

The 7 feet long sword dates back to the 17th century and is described as a two handled broadsword with a double edged blade, a wooden grip and a stamped fleur de lys.

Reporting officer Constable Neil Davies said: "Incidents like this are extremely unusual in the Small Isles and I can assure people we are working to establish what has happened to the sword.

A local organisation is in the running for an award.

I Love Skye could win in recognition for the transformational clean up of Skinadin Lay-By, near Broadford.  Organised by Matt Harrison, the lay by clean up saw over 10 tonnes of waste removed from the area.

Speaking about the possibility of receiving the award, Matt told The Skye Times: "I have been working very closely with the team at Keep Scotland Beautiful, specifically a lady called Georgina.  After updating her on the various stages of the campaign, she suggested that I nominate I Love Skye for a Clean Up Hero award."

Matt continued: "Due to incredible support from the local residents and business community, I have also suggested the clean up is nominated for the community award.  The general enthusiasm from the volunteers, the provision of a skip, catering and even beer from local businesses really helped the effort."

Food and drink experts from all over Scotland attended the two-day Skye Food and Drink Festival on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June.

Project Manager, Pam Allen, told The Skye Times: "This year's Skye Food and Drink Festival attracted almost 500 visitors on 13 & 14 June at Aros.

"26 producers from Skye and surrounding regions were on hand to chat and share their knowledge and their produce in an Artisan Market.

"Chef demonstrations by Calum Munro, Lady Claire MacDonald, Scott Davies and Helen Vass were hugely popular and Isle of Skye Distillers and Talisker led Masterclasses. The festival ended with a ceilidh and delicious BBQ from Croft No9 with the Isle of Skye Pipe Band kicking off proceedings. After a wee lie down thinking caps will be on for 2019.

Local police are appealing for information regarding a theft in Portree.

The police say an address in Blaven Road was entered and items, including a black rucksack, had been taken.

They say the theft took place on Thursday 14 June between 2:30pm and 8:30pm.

 

Highland Council launched the new "Positive Relationships and Bullying Prevention Policy and Guidance" Care and Learning Policy.

The policy is the first to be developed by young people across the Highland from initial consultation to its launch.

The policy was launched yesterday (Thursday 14 June) at the High Life Highland, Highland Youth Parliament (HYP) Annual Conference.