Motorists are being advised by The Highland Council to expect delays in the Castle Street area of Inverness from Monday 23rd April to Saturday 28th April when traffic will be disrupted due to scaffolding being dismantled at 51 to 53 Castle Street premises.
Alternative through routes are available via the West Link or Friars Bridge.
The scaffolding was put in place in late January to allow essential work to be carried out to make the premises safe. Highland Council had served a Dangerous Buildings Notice on the building owners.

Kate Forbes MSP has said the Scottish Government's additional £250,000 support for farmers and crofters following the harsh winter will help relieve pressure on the farmers and crofters based in the Highlands.

This funding will help farmers and crofters offset the cost of retrieving fallen livestock as well as address feed and fodder shortages resulting from the adverse weather conditions over the last few months.

The SNP Government is also supplementing this with additional funding for the RSABI to help them provide vital practical and emotional support to people working in the agriculture sector.

Kate Forbes MSP now serve on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee following a reshuffle of backbench MSPs.
 
It has been announced that Kate Forbes MSP will also sit on the Health and Sport Committee, and will no longer be part of the Environment and Standards committees.
 
Kate will continue to be Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Cabinet Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay.

Highland Council has approved plans for six new three-bedroom houses on a common grazing tenanted by the Stenscholl crofting township - the first such development in almost two decades.
The new homes will be delivered by Staffin Community Trust (SCT) in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA).
The new development includes business units and a storage facility, and talks have been held with NHS Highland about the potential relocation of the Staffin Surgery to the site.
SCT chairman Sandy Ogilvie said: “The granting of this planning permission is a significant step in what is a game changing project for the Staffin community. Affordable housing is at the heart of any rural community and this development will kick start future plans to reverse the population decline and build a community with growth, aspiration and stability.”

A revised timetable will operate on the Mallaig to Armadale ferry service until 26th April. This is due to vessel redeployment and tidal conditions this week.

Click the here for the revised timetable of scheduled sailings.

CalMac say customers will be contacted and all affected bookings transferred onto alternative sailings operated by the MV Loch Fyne.

Gamekeepers are embracing the new Muirburn Code – and sharing their expertise with fire crews who battle wildfires across Scotland's countryside.

Sunday 15 April marked the official end of this year's muirburn season (1 October – 15 April) – a controlled burning technique which has been used for centuries on moorland to regenerate Scotland's famous purple heather on our hills whilst protecting against wildfires.

This season, estate owners and gamekeepers have been working to a revised Muirburn Code, launched by the Scottish Government in September 2017, and have been working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) to ensure that controlled burning is conducted safely and responsibly.

Do you have information or images of Skye Camanachd volunteers?  If so, a shinty art project requires your help!

Highland Print Studio Manager, John McNaught, has been working with Skye Camanachd on a Studio project entitled Throw Up 20.18.  As well as documenting his time with the club photographically, he is also producing a series of hand-produced prints at the Studio.

Along with the work of three other artists at Beauly Shinty Club, Newtonmore Camanachd Club and Fort William Shinty Club, the work will form a touring exhibition, with its debut at the 2018 Camanachd Cup Final in Oban.

A woman is attempting to reunite a ring found yesterday (Wednesday 12 April) at the Fairy Glen with its rightful owner.

Alana Ross, on holiday from Aberdeenshire, was among the group who found the ring.  She told The Skye Times: "We went for a trip with the children to see Fairy Glen.  We had spent around two hours walking around and investigating the beautiful scenery.

"We stopped for a picnic and one of the adults in our group spotted something lying in the grass: a platinum wedding band!"

Alana took to Facebook to share details of the ring, saying: "We decided to try and use the power of social media to reunite the ring with the owner."

The ring, which has an engraving, was found in the grass at the Fairy Glen.  

 

Police on Skye are appealing for information after a wooden bridge was dismantled on a public path near Portree.

The bridge carries the path across a burn, allowing access from Viewfield Road to the Forestry Commission walk at Shullishader.

It is believed that the damage was caused sometime between the evening of Monday, April 9 and the morning of Tuesday, April 10.

Constable Lesley Campbell said: "The walk is frequently used by a large amount of dog walkers, joggers, and cyclists and this dismantling of the bridge has caused a considerable amount of upset in the community.

"Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Portree police station on 101, quoting reference number NP1859/18 . Alternatively you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

A Ceilidh will be held to celebrate the Isle of Skye Half Marathon and to raise funds for Crossroads Care Skye and Lochalsh.

Held in the centre of Portree, music will be provided by local Ceilidh band Sheepshank Redemption playing a mix of ceilidh classics and popular covers.

There will be a licenced bar to have a well-earned drink at!

There is free parking. 

For queries, please contact Steph Rossiter at Crossroads Care 01478 612399 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Tickets can be obtained here.  The event will take place on Saturday 9 June.