Sconser could have its very own bunkhouse, if a planning application submitted to the Highland Council proves successful.

Morag and Hector Nicolson intend to build a small bunkhouse on their land, which is adjacent to the ferry carpark.  

Mr Nicolson has lived all his life in Sconser.  He works as a stone mason and dry stone waller, so plans to undertake the stonework on the bunkhouse himself.

Mrs Nicolson has retired from her job in the High School and currently runs a small holiday letting cottage adjacent to their house.  

The bunkhouse is intended as a new business venture for the couple in their later working years.  

The proposed building is on the site of an old ruined blackhouse.  

As the intended clients will be visitors arriving by bus, foot, ferry and bike, no car parking facilities are planned adjacent to the bunkhouse.  

This and further planning applications can be viewed here.

A yacht visiting the Sound of Raasay suffered engine failure today (Sunday 23 July.)

The yacht was located around two miles north of Portree and, thanks to the weather, was becalmed and at potential risk.

RNLI Portree towed the yacht back to Portree, where she is now secured pending engine maintenance.  

A 77 year-old man who lives on Skye has been selected to compete in the Four Nations Powerlifting Championships in Ireland this weekend.

David Hearn will represent Scotland against teams from Ireland, Wales and England in Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

The team of 12 must include five men, three women and a master, someone over 40 years old.  Master classes are divided into age groups ascending every five years.

Mr Hearn, now retired from a 30 year long career as a firefighter in Glasgow, is a master level 8.  In his last World Drug Free Federation Championships, Mr Hearn won his class of 75-80 year olds. He was one of three competitors in the M8 category.

The septuagenarian can bench press 85 kilograms, squat 112.5 kilograms and deadlift an outstanding 155 kilograms.

Mr Hearn intends to start with a comfortable weight at the start of the competition, before moving up and trying to beat his own record.

Skye Live have announced the line-up for their 2017 event.

The two day festival will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 of September at The Lump in Portree.

Those included in the line-up this year include Dekmantel Soundsystem, Shanti Celeste, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Joy Orbison, Eclair Fifi and Optimo amongst others.

For the entire line-up, visit the Skye Live site here.

A large quantity of salmon heads has been dumped in a burn at Armadale.

Police Scotland said the fly-tipping incident may be connected to an attempt at doorstep sale of salmon.

They have appealed for anyone with information to contact the force.

A second survey is underway regarding Sleat health, wellbeing and sports facilities.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig recently embarked on a student and staff survey to determine what health, wellbeing and sports facilities were required at the land on the College’s campus as part of the Kilbeg master plan.

This was followed by an open public meeting on Thursday 29th June to invite the views of the wider Sleat community and it was agreed that a second survey should be circulated providing the community with the opportunity to participate in the consultation exercise.

Your can access the survey here at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JR3VF5R

Tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air ceisteachan a sgaoileadh do dh'oileanaich is luchd-obrach na Colaiste o chionn ghoirid feuch dè na goireasan spòrs is slàinte a bhiodh a dhìth air àrainn na Colaiste an lùib mòr-phlana na Cille Bige.

Chaidh coinneamh phoblach a chumail an uair sin air Diardaoin 29 An t-Ògmhios airson beachdan muinntir Shlèite a chruinneachadh agus chaidh aontachadh gun rachadh ceisteachan eile a sgaoileadh a bheireadh cothrom don choimhearsnachd a thighinn an sàs anns a' cho-chomhairleachadh.

Bhitheamaid fada nur comain nam b' urrainn dhuibh an ceisteachan goirid seo a lìonadh mar a gheibhear aig https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JR3VF5R

Tapadh leibh airson taic a thoirt don phròiseict.

Photograph from Sleat Community Council Facebook page.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public exhibition events to share proposals for construction work at the Skye triangle ports of Tarbert (Harris), Uig and Lochmaddy.

The proposals cover prospective work to improve harbour infrastructure and operations for the arrival of the new 102 metre dual fuel ferry currently being built by CMAL to service the route.

The public exhibitions and consultations are being undertaken as part of the application process for the required marine licences for works at the ports.  They will allow local communities and other interested parties to comment on proposals at an early stage, before final applications for the works at each port are submitted.  The events are also a follow-up to a series of public meetings held in April this year.

Ruth McIntosh, Principal Planning Engineer at CMAL said: “We visited each of the communities in April this year to let them know about our initial plans to explore harbour modifications.  At those meetings, we undertook to consider the comments received and update communities with developments as they progress.  The public exhibitions in September are an opportunity for communities to see how the plans have developed and have their say on the proposals.  

“We are now completing what we call the port master plans.  Drawings showing the preferred options for work at each harbour will be published online prior to the events in September and discussed at the exhibitions.  No final decisions have been made on what work will be carried out, and the works are subject to funding availability.  We encourage those with an interest in this prospective work to come along to find out more and ask questions.”

The public exhibitions will take place:

An award that acknowledges the contribution of businesses helping the young work force will form part of the Highland Business Week.

Developing the Young Work Force (DYW) West Highland will be supporting the Highland Business Week.  

The winner of the West Highland Award will go forward to the final of the Highland Business Award for Developing the Young Workforce.

The awards will be presented to the employer who can best demonstrate a significant commitment to the development and growth of opportunities for young people.

Applicants will be judged on opportunities and training offered, relationships with schools and colleges and how the investment in the development of young people enhances the organisation’s growth and capability. 

To enter, visit www.inverness-chamber.co.uk/events/event/highland-business-awards-2017 and download the application.

Coordinated by Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Highland Business Week, which runs from Monday 25 September through to Friday 29 September, hosts an exciting series of events. The finale of the week is the Highland Business Awards lunch, on Friday 29 September at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

Give DYW West Highland a call on 01397 705765 or email to find out the opportunities that are available to your business at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Skye Broadband announced today (Thursday 20 July) that it will no longer be processing an application for State Aid funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and Community Broadband Scotland (CBS).

The community organisation stated that the application process has been "dogged by delays due to complex public procurement requirements."

Those requirements included a nine-month delay waiting for a new State Aid funding scheme to be drawn up and approved by the EU after the Phase 2 scheme expired in June 2015.

North Skye Broadband (NSB) has already undertaken two separate State Aid Public Consultations – a mandatory requirement of the procurement process – and the decision not to proceed further comes as it was due to undertake a third such consultation, which itself has been delayed for nearly six months awaiting new and more accurate “Open Market Review” data (essential for the procurement process).

Geoff Semler, Chair of NSB, explained the reasons behind the decision: “Despite recent urgent discussions with HIE, CBS, and Scottish Government, a joint statement approved by all three bodies was issued to NSB on 22 June 2017 confirming that, in accordance with EU rules, the only funding available to North Skye Broadband in excess of the €200,000 de minimis provision would be via one of the formal State Aid schemes, none of which permit any funding other than for a network that is owned and operated by a commercial provider.

"Thus the State Aid process actually precludes NSB from adding any value to the implementation or operation of the network, instead it simply uses NSB as a funding conduit to provide a commercial operator (and its benefactors) with a state subsidy. Accordingly, it was agreed that as none of these schemes meet NSB’s requirements, the formal application process should be discontinued.”

A 77 year-old man with dementia went missing in the north end of Skye.

Dunvegan and Portree Coastguard Rescue Teams were tasked to assist Police Scotland in searching for the missing man.

The units proceeded to Dunvegan but stood down as the missing person was found prior to the search beginning.