A popular Skye restaurant is heading for the bright lights of Glasgow this summer.

Organised by brothers, Calum and Niall Munro, the one-off event will take Scorrybreac restaurant and Skye Live Festival music to Glasgow's old fish market, The Briggait.  

The tasting menu will be both gluten and dairy free and consist of an array of fine produce, all sourced from Skye's natural and abundant larder, and will be served in a banquet style fashion. 

Tickets for the tasting menu will be priced at £50 per head.

The event will be held on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21.  

More information can be found here.

 

Skye Mountain Rescue's Team Leader has stepped down after 46 years.

Gerry Akroyd has managed over 1,500 call-outs and assisted countless walkers and climbers in the hillside during over four decades of service.

Mr Akroyd became Team Leader in 1972 and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his service to mountain rescue.  The Skye Mountain Rescue Team took to Facebook in tribute of Mr Akroyd, saying: "He often practiced alone in the Cuillin Hills, with the RAF helicopter crews to establish approaches and winching sites, which led to many audacious rescues.

"He borrowed techniques and equipment from "rope access" to upgrade the teams' rigging systems - this has now been widely accepted across Scottish Mountain Rescue.

"On a national level, Gerry was a key figure in pushing for the radio networks and government funding which has made such a difference to every Scottish rescue team, and he always fought in the interest of Skye MRT, convinced that we had unique problems to deal with."

Neil Urquhart, Gerry's deputy for the last decade, has taken over the role as Team Leader, with James "Paddy" Stephenson taking the place as the new Deputy Team Leader.

Portree is set to have free WiFi by late spring 2018, according to Highland Council.

A project led by Highland Council and funded by the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal aims to stimulate economic growth and increase digital inclusion across the Highlands by allowing easy access to digital connectivity.  Entitled "High-Fi," the free WiFi will enable tourism support and create a wireless infrastructure in town centres.

The first phase was a Pilot in part of Inverness City Centre which was later rolled out to the wider city in early 2017 as Phase 2. The 3rd Phase will see the roll-out of the free WiFi to 14 towns in Highland.

The first town to get free WiFi is Aviemore. Additional towns to receive High-Fi during phase 3 of the project will include Portree.

Young crofters will receive recognition with two first-of-their-kind awards.

Following a call for nominations by the Scottish Crofting Federation, the awards will be given to two individuals.

The drive for the award is the Year of Young People 2018 and as such will celebrate the role of young people in crofting. The awards will be made at a special dinner which will be held during the Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting event on 5th October 2018 at Rothes, Moray and presented by Mel Irivine of Drummuir, one of the stars of BBC TV “This Farming Life”.

Highland Council's Environmental Health team have identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eishort (Skye), Lochs Beag and Ailort (Lochaber) and Loch Laxford (Sutherland).

Commercial harvesting sites in these areas have been closed as a consequence of the levels of an algal toxin called PSP (paralytic shellfish poison).

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas is likely to pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these toxins.

As a sensible precaution, people should avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.

It is important to note that cooking does not remove risks from consumption.

A dead white-tailed sea eagle has been discovered on the Isle of Skye.

The death is currently being dealt with as non-suspicious and most likely to be of natural causes.

The bird's remains were reported in the Dunvegan area.  

A spokesperson for Polce Scotland said: "Police Scotland received a report of a sea eagle found dead near Dunvegan on Skye on Friday, April 27.

"The cause of death is pending a post mortem of the carcass."

 

 

A teddy bear lost in Staffin earlier this month is waiting to be claimed.

The bear, who sports a Station Master cap, was discovered on the verge north of the Staffin Hall and shop.

The bear was rescued and is currently in the safe-keeping of the Staffin, Isle of Skye Facebook page team.

Plans are being put in place by The Highland Council for the next phase of works to the rock face at the A890 Stromeferry Bypass.

Essential stabilisation works will begin on 3rd September 2018 on a 72 metre section of rock face close to the west of the avalanche shelter.

The rock face is in a single track road section, immediately adjacent to the railway track.

Highland Council have warned against algal toxins in Skye and Lochaber shellfish.

The Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eishort in Skye and Loch Beag in Lochaber.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.

As a sensible precaution, Highland Council have advised people to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice, noting that cooking does not remove risks from consumption.

Commercial shellfish harvesters in the area have been contacted by the Council.

Gaelic-speakers will have a chance to recommend names for common marine molluscs.

A public consultation has been launched to choose Gaelic names for Scotland's shellfish.

The Scottish Natural Heritage has published a list of 85 marine mollusc names, Gaelic terms for parts of the animals and for different seashell shapes.

The recommendations have been produced by a team from Scottish Natural Heritage and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Gaelic-speaking environmental educator Roddy Maclean has been leading the project.  He interviewed 14 older Gaelic speakers, mostly from the Western Isles, to obtain guidance on the names they use for marine mollusc species.

Mr Maclean said: "There was a general agreement on the names for the most common species.