Police have praised the people of Skye for their support following the theft of a bicycle.

The Specialized Dolce Evo cycle belonged to visitor and was stolen in Broadford on Saturday 14 July.  Locals were swift to come to the visitor's aid.  

The bicycle and belongings were recovered and reunited with their owner the next day.  Police say a local man has been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police stated: "The owner of the bicycle would like to convey her thanks to all who provided offers of support, food and travel whilst efforts were ongoing to recover her property. Special thanks to Love From Skye, Carters Cabin and Skye Jeep Tours. Yet again the people of Skye have done the area proud in the face of disappointing circumstances."

 

It was a record-breaking day at the David Shepherd Memorial Glamaig Hill Race yesterday (Saturday 7 July.)

The first man and lady, Finlay Wild and Jill Stephen, each set a new precedent as they crossed the finish line.

Finlay Wild completed the race with a time of 44 minutes 22 seconds, while Jill Stephen ran the race in 56 minutes and 9 seconds.

Broadford was filled with the sound of sirens - but it was only a demonstration from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at Broadford Gala today (Saturday 23 June.)

Happy buntings lined the streets to celebrate the gala, which was held over two days.

The gala dance will be held later this evening.

The full results have been released for the Isle of Skye Half Marathon, held on Saturday 9 June.

A new record was set by winner, Cameron Milne, who completed the run in 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.

The first lady across the line was Ellie Buchan in 1 hour 27 minutes and 35 seconds.

The full race results can be viewed here.

 

A new course record was set at the Isle of Skye Half Marathon today (Saturday 9 June.)

An unprecedented number of racers took to the streets to complete the course.

The record was set by race winner, Cameron Milne, who won with a superb time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.  This was Mr Milne's first time racing the Half Marathon.  He described the course as "really tough" but said he "enjoyed every minute."  

It's not all about running at the Skye Half Marathon - it's also going to be about replacing lost calories!

A street food festival, held in conjunction with the Skye Food and Drink Festival on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 of June, will take place.  

The concept came from organiser, Sam Crowe, and Skye Connect's Alistair Danter.  Sam told The Skye Times: "I had been to another event that had a really cool stall selling Indian food and it was such a lovely thing to find.  So, between Alistair and I, we hatched this concept."

Appearing at the festival will be food and drink with Thai flavours, Scottish tangs and American inspiration.  Fresh Revolution Burritos, Thai Skye, Buth Bheag, isle of Skye Ice Cream, Dede's Asian and American inspired stall, Cakey Pangs Bake House, Isle of Skye Bakery and DAE's charity stall.  

Sam continued: "We would love folk to come along and enjoy this aspect of the event, even if they are not running."

Find out more here.

A small piece of plastic may have been "instrumental" in the death of a juvenile harp seal.

The seal was found dead on Skye was later necropsied by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS.)

SMASS described the case as "unusual" - noting that the harp seal was outside the normal range for the ice-associated species.

The animal was likely under a year old and had a small fragment of plastic in its stomach.  The plastic, approximately 6 centimetres square, was lodged in the stomach.

SMASS say the seal was "not a well-thriven animal at all," describing it as in emaciated condition.  

They said: "Seeing the plastic lodged in the stomach was yet another reminder of the impact of plastic pollution in the marine environment.

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.

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”.

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."