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.

A troupe of Gaelic-speaking Bollywood dancers from Staffin are set to perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

Six years ago, Davinder and Sonia Gill moved from London to run Mackenzie stores.  Before moving, Sonia was a dancer in Bhangra and Bollywood groups and performed all over the UK in many shows including at the Dome in Birmingham for the Bhangra Awards.

Staffin Bollywood started as a fund-raiser for the SkyeDance Festival.  Sonia says they are now looking into fusing Gaelic songs with Bollywood music. The first dance performances in this genre could be at Belladrum this year.
 
"I go through the different styles of dance when teaching, not only Bollywood as it is important for them to have versatility when dancing," says Sonia.  "The kids learn about Indian culture, food, clothes, music, traditions - and of course dance as there are so many variations of dance - giving a different visual result. I learn from them as well - everyday is a lesson."

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.

Do you have information or images of Skye Camanachd volunteers?  If so, a shinty art project requires your help!

Highland Print Studio Manager, John McNaught, has been working with Skye Camanachd on a Studio project entitled Throw Up 20.18.  As well as documenting his time with the club photographically, he is also producing a series of hand-produced prints at the Studio.

Along with the work of three other artists at Beauly Shinty Club, Newtonmore Camanachd Club and Fort William Shinty Club, the work will form a touring exhibition, with its debut at the 2018 Camanachd Cup Final in Oban.

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.