New homes on Skye have won a top award in a national crime prevention scheme.

A development of new homes in Portree has gained the highest award given by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative.

The award was given for incorporating crime prevention techniques into the layout and landscaping and the physical security of buildings.

The SBD Gold Award was presented to Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association for their development at Pat Gordon Place, Portree.

An SBD trained Designing Out Crime Officer worked with the architects, Reynolds Architecture, and the developers, O’Brien Properties, both of Dingwall, near Inverness, from the planning stages through to construction to incorporate SBD crime prevention techniques and security.

These measures included the built environment, such as creating natural surveillance from the properties over parking areas and access routes, through to the doors, windows and locks which meet Police Preferred Specification standards. These measures combine to make the properties more robust and less attractive to opportunist criminals.


Stuart Ward, Police Scotland National Designing Out Crime Manager, explained: “These properties designed to SBD specifications offer a higher standard of security compared to most residential properties. Combined with our crime prevention measures into the overall layout of the homes, the site will reduce significantly the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Twiddlemuffs, fairy cakes, beadwork and knitting - just some of the prize winning entrants in the Skye Show's Cookery and Craft competition.

The Show, which took place on Saturday 5 August, had competition to include all ages.

The full list of winners can be found below:

There was something to entertain everybody at the Isle of Skye Highland Games today (Wednesday 9 August.)

Whether it was taking part in the exciting tug of war, watching the Highland dancing or tapping a foot to the sound of the pipes, all of the spectators were involved.  

A superb crowd gathered on The Lump in Portree to watch the proceedings - and even get involved in some of the events.  

The first week in August saw local Coastguard Rescue Teams assist two children.

Dunvegan and Portree Coastguard rescued the children, who swam to an offshore island and had been cut off by the tide.  

A local fish farm boat recovered the casualties.

Dunvegan Coastguard Rescue Team assisted them once they had landed ashore.

In a separate incident, the Dunvegan Team was also tasked with cordoning off a para flare found in Eynort shore.  The flare has now been recovered and taken to Portree CRE for disposal.  An Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit will dispose of it.

The 2017 Skye Agricultural Show brought together family and friends for a glorious day out on Saturday 5 August.

The event was held under glorious blue skies - punctuated with occasional rain showers!  

The event included a cooking and crafts tent, sheep-shearing, a dog show, a horse show and a display of tractors.  

The poultry section was not in place this year, but it is hoped that it will return for the 2018 Show.  

The Isle of Skye will once again take a starring role in an upcoming feature film.

A call for extras has been issued.

Anyone wishing to apply must be free from 25 September to 29 September.  Desirable, but not essential, skills include rowing, fishing, singing and net making.

The film will tell the story of how 14th century king, Robert the Bruce, used cunning and bravery to repel the English army.

Those wishing to take part can visit the website here.

A charity cafe raised £711.13 for Tormore forest improvements.

The charity cafe in aid of Tormore: Explore! was held on Thursday 3 August.

The money will go towards improved paths and facilities in the community forest.

The 2017 Dunvegan Show was held on Saturday 29 July.

As usual, the Show was a celebration of the community skills and included livestock, piping, archery and spinning.

This year's main attraction was the Drakes of Hazard, a superb sheepdog and duck display.  Mark Wylie, with his dog and duck display team, enthralled the crowds with his skills.  

Mark got his first collie during his early teens and soon started entering local trials.  His duck herding demonstrations have been seen in Lewis, Harris, York and Ireland.  


A patient missing from the Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford was recovered.

The patient went missing on Sunday 30 July.

Dunvegan, Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree Coastguard Rescue Teams, along with Kyle RNLI Lifeboat and the Coastguard Helicopter were tasked to assist Police Scotland in the search.

The Kyle Coastguard Rescue Team located the casualty safe and well.  He was returned to hospital care.



Two adults and a child on board a small dinghy were rescued after they found themselves in difficulty.

The dinghy was drifting offshore in the Gairloch area.

Portree lifeboat was launched at 2:22pm on Wednesday 2 August after Stornoway Coastguard raised the alarm.

The lifeboat crew stated that: "Other local vessels responded allowing for a quick resolution to a potentially serious incident.  Portree Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station about 1500 hours where it was made ready for service."