Hot on the heels of its recent £500,000  plus lottery award, Staffin Community Trust are keen to keep the momentum going on their drive to bring about significant local changes.

Earlier this year they held a community consultation exercise about plans for the Storr, now this week-end a follow up drop in session is to be staged.

The Trust secured funding earlier this year to carry out an Options Appraisal into Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. A consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out the work and report back to SCT.

Since the last consultation in July significant work has been carried out by the project team and a preferred option and site layout will be outlined at the drop-in event this Saturday 5 November. The event will be held in the SCT office, next door to the Church of Scotland, between 10am and 1pm

Skye Mountain Rescue Team have been given a demonstration of what a six-wheel Polaris ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) can do.

Jan's has become the local agent for Polaris, the company that produces ATV's and quad-bikes, and will cover the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the west coast of the Highlands.

Richard Coleby, a salesperson from Polaris, was present along with the vehicle to explain how it could benefit the Mountain Rescue Team and answer any questions.

Cllr Hamish Fraser meets the young leaders.  Image courtesy of the Highland Council.

Eight young Gaelic medium leaders from across the Highlands were put through their paces by tutor, Active Schools Co-Ordinator, Danny Steele.  

The High Life Highland Leadership Programme currently has around 1400 young people across the Highlands aged between 12-25 years registered.  

Due to the sparse and scattered communities the Gaelic medium leadership programmes are delivered on a residential basis at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on The Isle of Skye, using translated material provided by Sports Leader UK.

Clare Gray has won the competition to inspire the brand new Glendale Check.  Her photograph received over 41 votes on Facebook, as well as votes via email.  

Pelican Design is flying the nest – or, rather, leaving the converted garage which previously housed the website and graphic design company.  

Co-owners, Luke Slater and Heckie Cormack, made the decision to relocate their company to Office 3 at Jans in Broom Place, Portree.  Says Luke: “It's a great base, with excellent parking, and has improved our visibility.  It feels more professional.  Plus, the ability to go downstairs to the Red Brick Cafe and pick up some Munchies and an Irn Bru is great!”

October 14 was the last day of sailing this season for the original Glenelg to Skye ferry.

Tomorrow (Saturday October 15) is your last chance to visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens this year!  

After a busy season welcoming over 140,000 visitors, the Castle will be closing its doors to the public.  

Gaelic speakers all over Scotland are encouraged to apply for an exciting new role that will involve developing the Gaelic Wikipedia, Uicipeid.

The quest to develop Uicipeid is part of a collaborative project involving the National Library of Scotland (NLS), Gaelic organization Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Wikimedia UK.  

BT has informed The Highland Council that they have removed three phone boxes from proposed closure.  Public phone boxes at Glenbrittle, Tighean-Na-Glibe (Staffin) and Glencoe are no longer in scope for closure as BT has concluded that there is no mobile coverage in the area.

Members of the public are reminded that Highland Council is encouraging members of the public to look at BT’s proposals and comment, giving as much information as possible.

Police on Skye can confirm that a 51 year-old woman, who was reported missing from the Staffin area, has been traced safe and well locally.

Earlier today, the Highlands and Islands Police Division asked people to look out for the missing woman, who disappeared from the Clachan area of Staffin.  Christine (also known as Teeny) was last seen in the area around 11am yesterday (Tuesday 11 October 2016).