Police Scotland have issued a statement following the Manchester attack.

Police say 22 people were killed after a suicide attacker detonated a device during a performance by Ariana Grande.  

Among those missing are two teenagers from the Isle of Barra.

In the statement, Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: “My thoughts and those of everyone at Police Scotland are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured in the attack in Manchester.

“As part of the UK-wide response to these events, Police Scotland continues to review all safety and security plans and operations.

“This includes ensuring our armed policing and specialist resources are appropriately deployed.

“People will therefore see armed police on patrol at transport hubs and crowded places. There is no intelligence to suggest there is any threat to Scotland but I would ask the public to remain alert and report anything suspicious.

A change is as good as a rest, they say – and Oban-based Barbara is looking for a little change.

Barbara is keen to holiday swap her house with one on the Isle of Skye and told The Skye Times: "I would love to get in touch with people who might want to have a week or so holiday in Oban and would like to home swap with me.

"I have a lovely home on the Esplanade and there are periods when I am away and no-one is there to enjoy it.  I am not very keen to rent it commercially and I do want to get to know Skye better."

Barbara is looking for a place with a minimum of two bedrooms, preferably in the north east end of the island.

The Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band achieved first place in Novice B section of the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley, and are now British Champions.

This follows several competition successes.

The championships took place on Saturday 20 May.

Skye Mountain Rescue and Lochaber and Skye Police performed another successful rescue at the Old Man of Storr yesterday (Friday 19 May.)

The police praised the work by the Mountain Rescue volunteers as they gave their assistance at the iconic beauty spot.  

A series of meetings will be held to identify solutions to pressures caused by increased tourism on the Isle of Skye.

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes has organised the first meeting in June in a bid to gather expertise from across Scotland, as the first step in a process to make it easier for businesses and residents on the island to cope with growing numbers of visitors. 

The meeting will be held in Portree on Friday 9 June. 

It is hoped that the second of the series of discussions, which will review the summer's activities, will take place in September. 

Kate Forbes MSP explained: "As the summer heats up – and the sun actually shines – hotels have told me that they're already full. 

"This year is going to be just as busy, if not busier, than last year. 

Portree and Braes Community Trust are calling for votes to earn funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Isle of Skye can be glimpsed in a newly-released trailer for film, Transformers: The Last Knight.

The film is set to be released in cinemas next month and stars Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock and Mark Wahlberg.  

Filming took place at the Quiraing and The Storr.  Lealt Quarry is also thought to have been used by the film crew, and a helicopter was seen flying over that location with a camera attached.

Car parks at the Quiraing were closed in August to allow for filming of Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in the film series about giant battling robots.

Arguably, the island gives a show-stealing performance with every film appearance, including The BFG, Prometheus and Macbeth.  Storr Lochs also provided a backdrop for Harry Styles' in a recent music video.  

 

 

An Open Day was held at Sleat with the purpose of providing information on the benefits of bilingualism.

The Gaelic Information Day and Fun Event was organised by Bun-sgoil Shlèite with support from the Highland Council Gaelic Team.

The Open Day, which was aimed at parents and guardians of 0-5 year old children, provided information on the support currently available to parents from Gaelic agencies.  Representatives from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Gaelic4Parents of Stòrlann were present and provided information on the resources that support Gaelic Medium Education.  

Parents had the opportunity to speak to Highland Council teachers of Bun-sgoil Shlèite about Gaelic Medium Education, as well as staff from local Gaelic Childcare Centre Fàs Mòr.

Kyle Lifeboat came to the aid of a capsized kayaker yesterday (Wednesday 17.)

Kyle Lifeboat was launched at 2:54pm at the request of the UK Coastguard after a member of a kayaking group capsized in rough weather and was trapped in the water approximately 1 mile west of the Skye bridge.

The lifeboat arrived on scene within 3 minutes, by which time a local fishing boat had arrived to offer assistance.

The lifeboat took the female casualty on board and assessed her condition, before transferring her to the waiting ambulance at the pontoons in Kyle.

A new document identifying a 20 year plan for potential future development across Wester Ross, Lochalsh, Skye and Lochaber areas has been published for consultation by Highland Council.  

The Proposed West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan, also known as WestPlan, was published on 5 May 2017 for an 8 week consultation.

The Plan shows where and when future development could happen and the Council wants anyone with an interest in the future of the area to have their say.  To raise awareness the Council has already written to all addresses within 30 metres of any specific sites identified in the plan as being suitable for future development.