Plans are being put in place by The Highland Council for the next phase of works to the rock face at the A890 Stromeferry Bypass.

Essential stabilisation works will begin on 3rd September 2018 on a 72 metre section of rock face close to the west of the avalanche shelter.

The rock face is in a single track road section, immediately adjacent to the railway track.

Highland Council have warned against algal toxins in Skye and Lochaber shellfish.

The Highland Council's Environmental Health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following routine monitoring at Loch Eishort in Skye and Loch Beag in Lochaber.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a health risk arising from the consumption of these algal toxins.

As a sensible precaution, Highland Council have advised people to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice, noting that cooking does not remove risks from consumption.

Commercial shellfish harvesters in the area have been contacted by the Council.

Gaelic-speakers will have a chance to recommend names for common marine molluscs.

A public consultation has been launched to choose Gaelic names for Scotland's shellfish.

The Scottish Natural Heritage has published a list of 85 marine mollusc names, Gaelic terms for parts of the animals and for different seashell shapes.

The recommendations have been produced by a team from Scottish Natural Heritage and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Gaelic-speaking environmental educator Roddy Maclean has been leading the project.  He interviewed 14 older Gaelic speakers, mostly from the Western Isles, to obtain guidance on the names they use for marine mollusc species.

Mr Maclean said: "There was a general agreement on the names for the most common species.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Highland Council will be one of the beneficiaries from an additional £10 million of Scottish Government funding to help cover the cost of road repairs following the extended wintry weather.
 
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes hailed the news – which is on top of the recent £4 million which Transport Scotland released to address urgent maintenance issues on trunk roads such as the A82 and A87.
 
The Scottish Government's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that the distribution of the new additional £10 million funding will be agreed with COSLA.
 
Kate Forbes MSP said: "Over the last few months, the roads in the Highlands have become progressively worse.
 
"There are sections which are downright dangerous in Skye, Lochaber, Badenoch and Dingwall and the Black Isle.
 

Plans have been submitted for a luxury ecological resort in Portree.

The site on Struan Road could be home to 27 pods surrounding a hub.  

Plans have been submitted by Mr Garton Jones and his wife, Miranda, who currently own Uig bunkhouse, The Cow Shed.

Mr Garton Jones told The Skye Times that the inspiration came from the resorts in the Caribbean and Thailand.  "Very often, you have one hub building for the reception area, restaurant and bar, and your room is a little thatched cottage.  That's the feel we're trying to create," he said.  Mr Garton Jones said it was likely the bar would be open to the public.