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.

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The close date for applications is 26 October 2018.

A "Heroes of the Hills" exhibition has opened in Portree.

Featuring three Cuillin pioneers, Danny Macaskill, Norman Collie and John Mackenzie, the exhibition links the past and present in a fascinating display.  

The exhibition also highlights a Skye Heritage group's campaign to build a sculpture of Norma Collie and John Mackenzie.  A metre high maquette of the proposed sculpture which was made by Skye artist and teacher, Steve Tinney, can be viewed at the exhibition.

Portree High School and Mount Boucherie Secondary School in Canada have collaborated to produce art work for the exhibition.

Morag Nicolson, Chair of the Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group, said: “If it hadn’t been for Collie and Mackenzie, Danny our modern day hero, wouldn’t have cycled along Collies ledge! Danny is admired all over the world and all three who feature in the exhibition are indeed our heroes of the hills!

 

Parents and carers struggling with children's sleep problems can get immediate help through a free telephone support system.

Sleep Scotland has rolled out the new system across Scotland and the charity is encouraging families in the North of Scotland to access the support.

Parents can seek tailored sleep advice for children and teenagers aged from 18 months to 18 years.

The roll out of the Telephone Sleep Support line coincides with an increasing need for family sleep support. Research indicates that 83% of parents have had sleep issues with at least one child . Sleep deficits in children and young people have been linked to impaired learning, obesity, a lowered immune system, and depression. Such risks have led The Mental Health Foundation to say that "sleep has for too long been neglected as a major influence on the physical and mental health of the nation.”

Kinloch Lodge will be offering Sunday lunches for the first time in its history.

From October 21, the iconic lodge will be serving a classic roast lunch, followed by a whisky tasting.

Kinloch's Isabella Macdonald said: "We've decided to launch a winter roast Sunday lunch'as it is my family's favourite meal of the week!

"We are so lucky to have more and more local trade, that it makes sense to offer a slightly different menu on a Sunday. We're also offering a special locals.

"Sleepover rate for anyone who wants to stay overnight and avoid the drive home, they can have lunch, enjoy the whisky tasting, stay over and have our fabulous breakfast before heading off to work on Monday, all for £144pp."

A competition has been launched in memory of a Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Depute Chairman of Trustees and Project Development Manager.

Donald John MacKay's outstanding contribution to Gaelic and industrial development throughout the Highlands and Islands will be marked by this annual competition.

Launched by trustees of Urras Dhòmhnaill Iain - The Donald John MacKay Educational Trust - the competition will run from a period of 10 years starting in 2018.

The competition is open to any student in Scotland, in full-time or part-time study, at further or higher education level, or working towards a doctorate.

Speaking on behalf of the Trustees, Duncan MacQuarrie said: "The main aims of the Competition are to promote all aspects of Gaelic culture; to promote education in and through the Gaelic language; to promote the study, appreciation and use of the Gaelic language; to encourage young people to continue the seminal work of revival which Donald John MacKay inspired; to enable young people throughout the Highlands and Islands to develop entrepreneurial skills; to build community confidence through strategic planning; and to facilitate social inclusion and lifelong learning. Donald John was a key figure in many Gaelic-related developments in the 20th and 21st centuries. This Competition will enable young people to demonstrate innovative ideas, fresh thinking and develop personal interests."

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."

A free workshop to assist farming families will be held on the island.

Family farm businesses are invited to register for the third year of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme from Monday 3 September onwards.

Up to 20 farming families can join the highly successful initiative in each location. Aimed at dairy, beef, and sheep farmers, it helps farming families to make changes to improve their business and ensure their viability.
83% of participating farmers said they have made greater efficiencies because of taking part, and 9 in 10 say they feel more confident for the future of their business.

This year’s workshops include:

An area of Skye that sparked great enthusiasm could now be under threat.

The discovery of meteorite evidence on Skye launched worldwide excitement.  Meteorite deposits were recently found at the base of Skye’s 60 million year old lava sequence and contain mineral material from outer space that has not been found on this planet before.

Now, says Dr Simon Drake of Birkbeck University, that discovery has been the victim of geo-vandalism. He told The Skye Times that the site at the chambered cairn has been targeted by meteorite hunters. "Samples are now being sold on eBay and we fear the site will continue to sustain damage for commercial gain," he stated.

Dr Drake continued: "Our findings represent the first evidence of meteorite impact within the British Palaeogene Igneous Province of which Skye forms part. Evidence suggests this impact event acted as a driver for Skye's volcanic episode some 60-61 million years ago."

The unauthorised removal of any of the deposit could be in contravention of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and against the law.

Don't attempt to use the Moll loop road, warns Amanda Nairne.

Amanda took to Facebook to inform other road users that "the Moll loop road is somewhat impassible after it slipped into the sea!"

The Moll road, located near Sconser, forms an alternative route if the main road should be blocked.