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).

Filled with exuberance and excitement, Skye-born Danny MacAskill's latest film celebrates the beauty of rural areas near Edinburgh and the joy of riding in the countryside.

The film, entitled Wee Day Out, show Danny transforming a hay bale into a unicycle, leaping onto and riding over a cottage, somersaulting through the woods, patting a Highland cow and cycling through a deep puddle.  Wee Day Out also features a cameo from Danny's father, Peter.

(Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s 2016 Graduates, teaching staff and honorary guests.)

A total of 53 students graduated last Friday (7 October) from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig which brings the overall number of students to have graduated from the College since graduations began in 1985 to 985.  

The Gaelic college was established in 1973 and is the only college of its kind offering further and higher education opportunities through the medium of Scottish Gaelic.  

The strength and depth of education at the College was to the fore once again, with one graduate receiving the award for the best UHI dissertation on a subject related to the Highlands and Islands and two post-graduate students being awarded PhDs. The ceremony also included an award for two leading figures from the world of Gaelic literature who received the Sàr Ghàidheal honour in recognition of their tremendous contribution to the language and its culture.

Drone wars are set to hit the seas around Skye next week.

As part of Unmanned Warrior - the Royal Navy's first major training exercise using drones  – the unmanned machines will take part in a massive demonstration of the new technology

The exercise, a world’s first, will see a large-scale deployment of unmanned systems alongside a major multinational naval exercise.

Over 50 unmanned vehicles from more than 40 suppliers will work cooperatively on missions from anti-submarine warfare to mine countermeasures.

QinetiQ's transportable command and control centre

Held off the Scottish and Welsh coasts in October 2016, and on ranges managed by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), Unmanned Warrior will involved over 500 participants, observers and visitors.

With a new storm looming, the Southern Hebrides will be cut off tomorrow as there are no sailings across the Minch and Sea of the Hebrides.

Tomorrow’s Mallaig-Lochboisdale sailings are cancelled “due to a forecast of high winds gusting up to 49mph.”

Ferries to the Small Isles are cancelled tomorrow while routes to Raasay, Leverburgh, Eriskay, and Armadale all face disruption or cancellation.

With winds forecast to gust up to 60 knots over the next two days, ferry operator CalMac has issued its first weather warning of the season.

Widespread disruption is forecast to services up and down the west coast as high winds are likely to place restrictions on sailings.

'There is a high likelihood that services will experience weather related disruption across the Clyde and Hebrides routes this week with the worst of the weather due to hit Tuesday and Wednesday. People should look at the forecast carefully before travelling and check their arrangements if they plan to travel with us,” said CalMac's operations director, Drew Collier.

The scene at Lochmaddy after mv Hebrides overshot her berth at the pier to run aground in front of waiting passengers.  Photo: Norman MacAskill

There's a need to 'look again' at the positioning of the Lochmaddy harbour yacht pontoons says one eye-witness who watched as the Caledonian MacBrayne 'MV Hebrides' ferry crashed through the pontoons when it overshot its pier berth on Sunday (September 25th).

Norman MacAskill, of South Uist based haulage company ND MacAskill & Son, was parked in the vehicle queue waiting to board the 'MV Hebrides' on Sunday when the incident occurred at 11.05am, as the ferry was approaching Lochmaddy.  “You knew right away when she came around the corner and the speed she was going at that this wasn't a normal manoeuvre,” he said.