Communities across Skye and Raasay are being reminded that the deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Eilean a’ Cheò Civic Awards is Wednesday 29 November.

This is the seventh year of the Awards which are organised by the Ward 10 Highland Councillors to recognise people from all age groups and walks of life who have contributed to the success and wellbeing of their local communities.

This year’s award categories are:

A man from Kent has completed an epic walk that saw him head around the British coastline to raise money for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell completed his walk on Saturday 11 November, about 2pm, Alex crossed the finish line in Kent after 9,500 miles and three years on the road. 

His walk took him through the Isle of Skye in March.   

So far, Alex has raised over £65,000 for the RNLI.

A pub in Pollokshaws will be celebrating Skye in a new event.

The Boyd Roderick, owned by National Pub Company Punch, and run by Campbell Dixon and Callum Giles from Caledonian Skye Ltd, will be celebrating the island with locally sourced food, drink and entertainment.

Campbell Dixon stated: "This will be a fantastic event to showcase all things Skye to the wider audience of Glasgow."

The event will start on Friday 1 December from 7pm.

A BBC1 series is still looking for people to take part in various shows.

Escape For The Winter will follow people based in the UK who are planning to head abroad for the winter.

Filming has already started, but the team are still casting for the later episodes in the series. Anyone wishing to take part should call 0141 212 2897 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A female with a spinal injury was rescued from Knoydart and transferred to Mallaig on Wednesday 8 November.

Mallaig Coastguard and RNLI Lifeboat, along with ambulance personnnel, assisted in the rescue.

The lack of road access results in the coastguard often transferring casualties.  

In urgent cases, the routine is normally that paramedics will be taken over on RNLI lifeboat.  Casualties are then prepared by Ambulance Service and loaded on to Lifeboat for transfer back to Mallaig, where the Coastguard Rescue Team assists in safe transfer from pier to road ambulance then on to hospital, usually Fort William.

If medical decision is so urgent that air evacuation is better, then helicopter will be tasked to transfer direct and only Coastguard Rescue Service involvement would be provision of helicopter landing site safety. Air asset choice is handled by the Aeronautical Rescue Co-Ordination Centre based in HM Coastguard National Maritime Ops Centre in Fareham – may be a Coastguard Helicopter or Helimed in that case. 

A Scottish Parliament committee that was today (Thursday 9 November) expected to consider a petition seeking an independent review into the redesign of healthcare services by NHS Highland in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross, will now do so at a later date.

Due to a full agenda, the cross-party Public Petitions Committee decided to give the petition more time and deferred the item for a future meeting.

Under Holyrood rules, no committee can meet whilst there is formal business taking place in the main debating chamber.

Although not a member of the committee, Skye MSP Kate Forbes attended the meeting and intended to represent the concerns of her constituents.

Speaking afterwards, Kate Forbes MSP said: “I attended the Public Petitions Committee meeting because the petition about the redesign of healthcare was going to be discussed again by a cross-party panel of MSPs.

“This was another opportunity to highlight the concerns voiced by residents in north and west Skye about the future of Portree Hospital.”

A brand new series of Elaine C. Smith’s Burdz Eye View – starting on STV on Friday 17 November – sees the actress and comedian continuing her travels around Scotland as she takes her one-woman stand-up tour across the length and breadth of the country.

The new six-part series, which will air on Friday evenings at 8pm, follows the acclaimed Scottish entertainer as she visits the Highlands & Islands, exploring the region and getting to know the people who live, work - and laugh - there.

This third series features Elaine enrolling in a Gaelic beginners’ class on the Isle of Skye and flying to Barra beach to join an all-female waulking/singing group.

Elaine C Smith said: "I'm so excited about the third series of Burdz Eye View and delighted that STV viewers can join me for another journey around our beautiful country. This time I've headed north to the Highlands & Islands to take in some of the most incredible scenery I've ever seen, and meet with some of the fantastic folk who live there.

"I had the pleasure of visiting Lewis and Harris for the very first time and I'm confident I'll be back. From laughter yoga and axe throwing to making black pudding, weaving and arriving on Barra beach by plane, this series is full of fun and discovery and I hope the audience enjoys the chance to see this stunning part of Scotland through my eyes."

The sound of popping corks filled the autumn air at one Portree care home, as the staff and Residents of HC-One's Home Farm helped Mrs Mary MacPherson celebrate her 103rd birthday in style.

Mary, who was originally a native to the Isle of Skye, spent her working life as a District Nurse.

To celebrate her special day, Mary joined her fellow Resident Mary McNeil in planting bulbs for the home's sensory garden, before being presented with a card made from pressed flowers from the garden and enjoying a meal out with her family at Uig Hotel.

HC-One Home Farm Home Manager, Linda Baillie said: "We are all very fond of Mary and it was lovely to see her enjoying such a wonderful day celebrating with her friends and family."

For more information on Home Farm, call 0333 999 8541 or visit www.hc-one.co.uk

Ian Blackford MP is calling for the "urgent" replacement of Broadford primary School due to extremely poor state of the present building.

After a visit to the school last week at the invitation of the Parent Council he said he was ‘dismayed’ at the damp conditions pupils and staff are working in every day. This was underlined by the arrival of a pest control company to carry out some work on the school but found that the walls were too wet to proceed with the job.

He has now written to Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson asking that building of the planned replacement be accelerated. He wrote:- “I was dismayed to see the deterioration of the building and the advent of time in our climate, will only exacerbate the problem.

Charlotte Poynton, Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager at the world-renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant, has won the 'Highland Rising Star' award at the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2017.

Charlotte was recognised as showing real promise as a rising star in Scottish tourism, having shown a passion for her future and the progression of the industry.

Charlotte joined The Three Chimneys team in the summer of 2015. As well as excelling in her role as Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager, she has achieved her Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Sommelier qualification, and most recently, a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Award of Excellence 2017 in the Restaurant Service final.