Officials of the Highland Council roads team have asked the Sleat Community Council for any information on an illegal sign that appeared on Friday (September 22)  attached to an existing sign that is located at the Ord road end of the Sleat road.

It is claimed that the sign was affixed on Friday but was removed by Highland Council staff early on Saturday morning.

If anybody has any information on this sign or whom may be responsible for it then please message the Sleat Community Council via Facebook or email

The new website for Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) – the national advisory partnership for Gaelic place-names in Scotland – has been launched.

Following support of £7,100 from the Scottish Government, the new website includes AÀA’s database of Gaelic place-names which may be accessed free of charge.

The database offers definitive forms which can be used by local authorities, the media, researchers, local communities, walkers and climbers or anyone with an interest in place-names.

Various primary school age young carers attended the launch of the photography and art exhibition.

The exhibition forms part of the Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You community arts-based programme.

Over the summer holidays, photographers Cailean Maclean, Iain Smith and artist Kate McMorrine worked with Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers.  

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has recently signed two separate memoranda of understanding: one with the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust in North Uist and the other with Colaisde na Gàidhlig in Cape Breton, Canada.

Sue Fogden, Chairperson of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust and Boyd Robertson College Principal of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig have signed an MOU to develop Gaelic language activity in the operations of Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre in Lochmaddy.

Professor Boyd Robertson said: “North Uist and Sleat were historically linked through Clan Donald and this MOU affords the two communities an opportunity to forge a new association.  As the National Centre for Gaelic language and culture, it is incumbent upon us to meet the needs of communities throughout the country and to run classes and courses wherever there is a demand.  We were, therefore, more than happy to accede to a request from Taigh Chearsabhagh to establish a learners’ class in the centre and it is very pleasing that this group has now successfully completed our beginners’ course, An Cùrsa Inntrigidh.  

A Skye businessman will be cycling from Broadford to Aberdeen in aid of a charity that is close to his heart.

Mark Carter, of Carter's Cabin Takeaway in Broadford Marketplace, will be riding to raise money for Lupus UK.

Mark told The Skye Times: "My daughter, Amy Sarah Carter, was diagnosed with LUPUS SLE when she was 14.  Amy is now 21.

"The doctors thought it was originally growing pains, and she had mouth ulcers also.  This was then diagnosed as LUPUS.  

"This is an auto immune disease, which, in essence, means that her body is attacking itself constantly, which leaves her in great pain on a daily basis.  

Six Portree High School students spent time in Costa Rica, thanks to an EU-LAC-Museums exchange programme.

This project is part of continuing international EU funded youth exchange programme between Latin America and Europe, led by the University of St Andrews. Ceumannan, The Skye Ecomuseum, was identified as a partner due to its similarities to eco led museum projects in Costa Rica and Portugal.

With support from the Staffin Community Trust, The Aros Centre and Comunn na Gàidhlig this project will continue into 2018. Costa Rican students will come to Staffin and Skye to visit their Scottish counterparts.

The project is coordinated by School of Art History and Museum and Gallery Studies in the University of St Andrews.  In Scotland, this project is supported by Staffin Community Trust, the Aros Centre Portree and Comunn na Gàidhlig.

Sìne Ghilleasbuig and Donald MacDonald have been a tremendous support helping to set up and establish the youth project.  

Two local families are now moving into the houses at Kilbeg.

The village is the first built on Skye for more than a century.

Local families, Graeme and Laura; and Mick and Sandra, are moving into the houses.

The development was led by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  

Local businesses, including James MacQueen Ltd, Rural House Ltd and Clan Donald Lands Trust have all been involved in developing the new village.

Members of the City of Inverness Area Committee have given their backing for the introduction on a year-long trial offering 15 minutes of free parking within the city centre in On-street pay & display bays.

The pilot project will allow drivers to park for up to 15 minutes in on-street pay and display spaces without charge if they use the ticketing machines to print out and display a free ticket. It will not apply to pay and display car parks.

The Committee will review the scheme in 12 months and if it is adopted permanently, the Highland capital will be following in the footsteps of Perth, where a similar one-year trial was recently made permanent.

The Committee also approved to go out to public consultation on a plan to introduce 17 new short-stay pay and display parking bays across the city centre which will allow drivers to park for an hour for a charge of £1. Formal consultation will take place and any objections that cannot be resolved will come back to Committee for their consideration.

Provost Councillor Helen Carmichael said: “We have listened to requests from retailers and members of Inverness Bid to offer free parking periods so I am delighted this trial got the support of the Committee. Over the next 12 months the council will be closely monitoring how the pilot is going before coming to any decision about making the trial more permanent. It’s about striking a balance between making our city centres as accessible and shopper friendly as possible and managing congestion and the environmental impact traffic has within Inverness.

“In the future I would like us to explore having electric hop on and hop off transport within the city centre as part of the mix.”

The new parking arrangements will come into operation within the next few weeks once the pay and display machines are re-adjusted.

The excitment in the Raasay air was palpable - as was the lingering smell of whisky.

Crowds flocked to attend R&B Distillers' official ceremony today (Saturday 16 September.)

The Distillery will open its doors to the public next month.  Work is still to take place on the Distillery, but it was more than ready to receive its many visitors for the ribbon cutting today.