The Fairy Glen has been transformed over the weekend, thanks to the hard work of over 20 volunteers.

After a photograph of multiple cairns sparked outrage on the Internet, volunteers headed to the Fairy Glen on Saturday 15 September to dismantle the rocks, claiming they posed a danger to wildlife, plant life and even people.  

Sylvia Porter, admin of the Staffin, Isle of Skye, Scotland Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "One resident produced a leaflet explaining the Fairy Glen and the outdoor access code.

"These were given out on the day to tourists visiting and will be available in local shops.

Stone piles at the Fairy Glen have caused outrage online.

A photograph, taken by Claire Irons, sparked a response from many when it was posted to local Facebook groups, including Friends Of The Fairy Glen.  

Comments included one from Marjorie Genders, who stated: "What an absolute disgrace.  We first came to Skye as visitors in 1971, continued at least once a year, until we moved to Skye 18 years ago.  Loved it, would never have done anything to the landscape etc.  We moved away last year, we saw many changes over the years, not always for the good."

Others are of the opinion that, apart from there being so many, no obvious harm is caused.

A collie dog has gone missing in the Quiraing area.

The dog, belonging to James MacInnes, went missing on top of the Quiraing around 8:30am on Saturday 8 September and could be missing in the Kilmaluag and Flodigarry areas.  

James told The Skye Times: "We have all been out looking for her on the hills, walking where she was last seen and scanning the road side."

James has asked anyone in the area to check their sheds for his dog.

To get in touch with James, email jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07817046363.

Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum will remain open until 30 November this year.

The attraction will stay open from Wednesday to Sunday (10am – 3pm), and will re-open on 1 March 2019, with full summer opening hours operating from 1 April.

The new café-bar, Gasta at Armadale Castle, will remain open throughout the year. Run by the team behind Deli Gasta in Broadford, Gasta has established an excellent reputation since taking over management of the Stables Restaurant earlier this year. It will continue to offer lunches and light refreshments during the day, plus tapas-style dining three evenings a week. Regular traditional live music nights and a late bar are also on the menu.

An autumn programme will complement the extended opening. On show in the Museum of the Isles until end September is a special exhibition, ‘Coming Home: WWI in the Highlands – Impact, Memories, Lasting Legacy’. A number of museums and archives have collaborated on the exhibition, working with artists, volunteers and communities to explore individual experiences and local changes in the Highlands after the First World War. The exhibition includes a ‘mini mobile museum’ with visual artworks, animations and a suitcase of activities and resources for visitors of all ages.

Portree's new Gaelic Medium School was officially opened today (Monday 3 September.)

Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh has been open since April and presently has 133 Primary Pupils and 47 in the Nursery, with capacity to expand over future years.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney officially opened Bun Sgoil Ghaidhlig Phort Righ.  He said: "It is a pleasure to be involved in supporting Highland Council to realise their vision for the Gaelic Language.

“We are seeing growing demand from parents for access to Gaelic Medium education across the country which clearly demonstrates that the Scottish Government’s commitments to supporting the language are a having a positive result.

“I commend Highland Council for their actions and look forward to working with them on future projects.”

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes described the occasion as "an historic milestone in the Highlands and Islands."

A guide to television programmes showcasing the Highlands has been released by VisitScotland.

TV Set in Scotland contains details of more than 60 television programmes, which have either been filmed in Scotland or have Scottish links.

The guide references some of the TV programmes which have showcased the Highlands on the small screen, including Bannan, BBC Alba’s flagship Gaelic drama set against the stunning backdrop of Skye; and just last year, The Loch, a crime drama filmed at Fort Augustus.

The 36-page book is dedicated to inventor and engineer, John Logie Baird, who was born in Helensburgh on 13 August 1888 and is considered one of the fathers of television and the first to show TV pictures to the world.

TV Set in Scotland will be available free of charge in attractions and VisitScotland iCentres throughout the country and for download at the VisitScotland website from today (29 August 2018) onwards.

From milestone documentary, Night Mail, to Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal by Innocence, the guide delves into the animations, documentaries, dramas, sitcoms and soap operas which have been filmed in or inspired by Scotland over the past 80 years.

Broadford Co-Op refurbishments have been rescheduled for October 29.

The Project Manager responsible for the refurbishment confirmed at a meeting yesterday (Thursday 23 August) that the overall completion date is estimated to be March 19.  

There will be a break in the works for around a fortnight in December over the Christmas and New Year period.

Closures are planned for the Stromeferry Bypass on the A890.  

The road will be closed from September 3 for approximately 12 weeks.  

Diversion convoys will take place when the road is open. 

Birds of prey, dogs, livestock and archery - there was something for everyone at the 2018 Skye Show on Saturday 4 August.

The event included a performance by the Isle of Skye Pipe Band in Portree Square.  They then marched up to the King George V Playing Field to play at the community event.

 

A visitor information sheet has been created by Portree Medical Centre.

The sheet, which is downloadable and printable, contains useful information for visitors.

Phone numbers for pharmacies, medical practices and dentists can all be found on the list, as well as information on what to do in an emergency.  

The list can be found here.