Businesspeople trying to visit and work on Skye in the summer – along with visitor groups seeking affordable accommodation – are the target market for the newly announced Skye Snooze project - artistic impression above.

This involves the siting of 13 accommodation letting units and a reception unit along with related car parking spaces at Jansvans, 6 Broom Place, Portree.

Donnie Nicolson, the managing director at Jan’s, says the idea started out with the concept of actually re-using freight containers in the same way they have used them for self-storage facilities.

An incurable tree disease has once again been found on the Isle of Raasay.

The Forestry Commission has confirmed that the die back disease of Larch has reappeared on the island.  

Phytopthera Ramorum is an incurable disease that can infect a number of different species of tree.  It was first identified on Raasay in 2015.  This resulted in a statutory plant health notice being served on the Forestry Commission.  A period of six months was given for an attempt to eliminate the disease by felling all the infected trees and susceptible species within a 250 meter zone.

The return of the disease means the same action will be taken.

A statement from the Forestry Commission says: "Only one tree is infected but it means we’ll have to fell all Larch within a 250m buffer...  We will endeavor to minimize the impact and extent of felling."

A fundraising event on the Isle of Raasay raised over £3,500.

Raasay Primary School Coffee Day was held on Saturday 30 September and produced a total of £3,682.05.  

Head Teacher, Wilma Duncan, said: "Yet again, the community near and far have supported the event and the day would not be possible without the input of staff, parents, Parent Council and the local community, businesses and groups. The incredible total raised this year was £3682.05 which will go towards providing educational opportunities for our youngsters, school resources and the development of specific areas within the curriculum identified through consultation with the Parent Council and Pupil Council.

“On behalf of the pupils, staff and parents of Raasay Primary School, thank you one and all for making the day such a success. Moran Taing!"

More details on Raasay Primary School can be found here.

The future looks bright for the new artists' residence at the former home of Vice Admiral Sir Roddy Macdonald - war veteran, painter and Chief of the Skye Highland Games.

This summer saw Wasps Artists' Studios run a limited number of residencies to make sure the three units, at Braes, met the needs of artists and makers. These were successful and Wasps is now ready to take bookings for 2018.

As part of the project Wasps, and Portree-based Atlas Arts, are offering an annual fully-funded and supported residency to an artist, maker or designer.

Skye MSP Kate Forbes is bringing constituents' concerns direct to the Health Secretary Shona Robison.

On Friday (29 September) , a day after seeking assurances from Scotland’s First Minister about emergency care provision at Portree Hospital, Kate Forbes MSP met with SOS Skye campaigners in Portree.  She spent an hour and a half listening to and fielding questions from a 40-strong group in a round-table meeting format. 

Ms Forbes expressed her dismay that the experiences described by scores of her constituents did not match NHS Highland’s assurances.

Kinloch Lodge’s Isabella Macdonald was quick off the mark yesterday (Monday October 2) to congratulate the new winner of a Michelin Star on Skye, even though her own restaurant’s star was removed at the same time from the list of Scottish eateries for 2018.

Reacting to the announcement from the Michelin panel, she said: “We are so sad not to have retained our precious Michelin Star after seven years.

“Our wonderful team of chefs, headed up for ten years by Marcello Tully, are as brilliant and dedicated as ever and we will continue to do what we do best – provide delicious and wonderful food in our own unique style.

Police in the Highlands and Islands are urging motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol following a number of recent reported incidents.

The safety message comes after five drivers were detected to be over the legal limit or refused to give a breath sample over the course of the last weekend alone.

Detections were made across the Highlands, including in the Inverness, Ross-shire and Skye areas from Friday morning until Sunday night.

More than 50 tourism businesses have taken a step nearer being crowned the best in the Highlands and Islands after being named as finalists in the industry’s annual ‘Oscars’.

On Skye, there is a range of contenders. These include Go to St Kilda, which operates out of Uig, in the Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience category; Charlotte Poynton, of The Three Chimneys, in Colbost in the Highland Rising Star category; and – in the Most Hospitable Hotel Category – the totally rejuvenated Skeabost Hotel, near Portree, owned and run by Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn whose accolades include Scottish Hoteliers of the Year and a Gold Laurel as two of Scotland’s ‘most visionary entrepreneurs.’

In the Outer Hebrides, finalists include Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway, as Best Cultural Event or Festival and Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd, Tarbert as Best Visitor Attraction.

Competition to win a Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) trophy reached a new high with entries and nominations this year surpassing previous record-breaking levels.

The 232 businesses and individuals vying for honours was more than 14 per cent up on last year’s figure.

A SKYE community organisation will request a formal review into its rejected bid to purchase land at one of the island’s most popular landmarks, the Old Man of Storr.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) - which believes Highland Council’s decision to turn down its offer to buy roadside ground at the Storr was flawed and against the spirit of new Scottish Government legislation - will also take up an offer from a senior official to negotiate.

Earlier this month, the council refused SCT’s Asset Transfer Request (ATR), which was the first in the Highlands under the new Community Empowerment Act.

An interdisciplinary resource which aims to provide Gaelic Medium Education teachers with a 'one stop shop' of topic-specific material for the classroom is being launched at the national An t-Alltan conference for GME practitioners being held in Aviemore this week (Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September).

An Dàrna Cogadh was developed by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig in response to Gaelic Medium Education practitioners' requests for a comprehensive teaching package, based online, on the subject of World War Two.

Available online at, the resource brings together many informative Gaelic texts and books— some created especially for this project — with a rich variety of other material from the wider world.