The 2018 Isle of Skye Half Marathon has officially sold out.

The popular race, due to take place on Saturday 9 June, will see 1,000 runners take to the roads.

The race has sold out in record time and will, for the first time in the event's history, see the 1,000 racers run the course in reverse, with a full road closure.

Delays are to be expected on the A87 at Breakish.

Travellers can expect delays from today (Monday 7 May) until Friday 8 June.

Roadworks are being carried out by BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland to improve drainage and verges.  This will form the final phase of ongoing improvements to the drainage system, with associated provision of a hardened verge.  

The work will start at the Old Church House and end 5 to 10 metres into the Sleat/Armadale junction.  

Work will be carried out between 7am until 5pm each day.  Temporary traffic lights with a single lane closure will be in operation.  Traffic management will be in place outwit working hours.

 

Pupils from Portree, Staffin and Kilmuir Primary Schools have over the last year engaged in a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Stories, Stones and Bones initiative. This was managed and run by Cleas, a local charity and arts organisation,

in partnership with The Aros Centre, Staffin Community Trust and Canan Graphic Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The project was designed to give pupils access to sites of historical interest within the environment utilising the skills and knowledge of local historians, writers and artists.

A troupe of Gaelic-speaking Bollywood dancers from Staffin are set to perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Six years ago, Davinder and Sonia Gill moved from London to run Mackenzie stores.  Before moving, Sonia was a dancer in Bhangra and Bollywood groups and performed all over the UK in many shows including at the Dome in Birmingham for the Bhangra Awards.

Staffin Bollywood started as a fund-raiser for the SkyeDance Festival.  Sonia says they are now looking into fusing Gaelic songs with Bollywood music. The first dance performances in this genre could be at Belladrum this year.
 
"I go through the different styles of dance when teaching, not only Bollywood as it is important for them to have versatility when dancing," says Sonia.  "The kids learn about Indian culture, food, clothes, music, traditions - and of course dance as there are so many variations of dance - giving a different visual result. I learn from them as well - everyday is a lesson."

St John Scotland will officially transfer ownership of two Mountain Rescue bases on Skye to the team.
 
The Skye bases, in Glenbrittle and Sligachan, are the eight and ninth bases of thirteen to be gifted from St John Scotland to the teams themselves. The cost of these bases has now topped £2 million and, until now, were provided to the teams under licence and rent free.
 
Gerry Akroyd MBE, Skye Mountain Rescue Team Leader, said: “Without the help of St John Scotland, we would never have been able to fund the two bases on Skye, plus the two vehicles which they have also provided. It has all made our life a lost easier on rescues and training.”

The Main Street in Kyle will be closed to vehicles for three weeks.

The closure is intended to allow access for a crane to newly built flats at the Corner Site.

The closure will commence on Monday 30 April.  

Main Street will remain open for pedestrians.  

Three familiar Skye faces could be seen running in the London Marathon.

Jeremy Rossiter completed the race in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 27 seconds.  He told The Skye Times: "I finished 154 out of 40,000 over all and 18 out of just over 4,000 in my age group.

"I was quite surprised."

He described the racing conditions as "oppressive," saying: "It was unbearable in some parts.

"About mile 21, I didn't think I was going to finish.

"It was 24 degrees, but much warmer with the crowds.

"In the second half, I was increasingly aware that I was overtaking a few people.  Apparently, in the last 10k, I overtook 125 people.

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 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.

The creative director of a performing arts promotion charity on the Isle of Skye has been rewarded for a quarter of a century of dedicated service to his community and Scottish traditional music.
Duncan MacInnes, of Skye Events for All (SEALL) in Sleat is one of seven individuals who have been inducted into this year’s Hands Up for Trad Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The award recognises people who work tirelessly to help their community and enrich the lives of others through selfless service or charitable work. Inductions will take place at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Òran Mòr on 2 November.
The services to the community category of the awards, reflects the 25 years Duncan spent as a volunteer bringing Scottish traditional music to audiences in the south of Skye as well as nurturing and supporting the local young talent of his communities by providing the musicians with their first experiences of public performance.