Police in Skye and Lochalsh have warned residents in remote and rural areas that geography will not not protect them if they choose to become involved in the trade in illegal drugs.

The message follows the recovery of class A and B drugs in the Applecross area on Monday 30 October.

Local officers acting on intelligence seized quantites of cocaine and cannabis and a mid four-figure sum of money during a search of a property yesterday.

A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with the recovery and has been reported to Procurator Fiscal.

Lochcarron-based Constable Craig Allan, who led this operation, said "This action taken today should serve as a reminder to anyone in the Skye, Lochalsh and Applecross area that the remoteness of the area will not prevent local officers taking action against those intent on supplying controlled drugs and anyone involved in this activity can expect to receive a visit from us in the future.

"I ask anyone who has information about drugs in this area to contact 101 to speak to a local officer or if they wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Kate Forbes is in the running for the Rising Star award at the Scottish Politician of the Year awards.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch is one of four Holyrood backbenchers in the running for the award.

Kate Forbes MSP, who is serving her first-term as a politician after the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, is a finalist in the ‘One to Watch’ category – which organisers say is “an award that recognises the MSP demonstrating the most potential to rise through the ranks of their party and/or in Parliament”.

She is the only Highland politician from any party to be nominated for an award at the annual ceremony, which takes place in Edinburgh on 17 November.

Raasay Community Stores will be closing half an hour earlier with their new winter opening hours.

The winter hours commence today (Monday 30 October) and mean that the shop will close at 5:30pm instead of 6pm over the next few months.

Ian Blackford MP and Kate Forbes MSP are welcoming the NHS Highland announcement that an external review is to take place of urgent care, minor injuries and A&E provision for North Skye.

Whilst both Ian and Kate are firmly behind plans for a new hospital in Broadford, they have also long campaigned for the retention of A&E facilities as well as beds in Portree to compliment the new hospital.

They each spoke in support of the review at last Saturday’s rally in Portree attended by several hundred concerned islanders, demonstrating the level of worry and demand for the retention of A&E services amongst the local population.

Ian Blackford said: “There are legitimate local concerns as to the future of A&E provision and I am delighted that these will be addressed through the establishment of an external review of the arrangements of urgent care, minor injuries and access to A&E.

A search was made last night (Saturday 28 October) for a female walker, who had found herself disorientated on Kinloch Coast.

Kyle Lifeboat was launched at 9pm at the request of the UK Coastguard.  The crew arrived on the scene at 9:20pm and put a crew member ashore.

The dense vegetation made the search more difficult.  However, the crew member was able to reach the casualty and confirm that she was uninjured.  

The female was then handed over the UK Coastguard and Police Scotland at 10:10pm.

The Skeabost 5k was won by Dean MacLeod with a time of 18 minutes and 14 seconds.

The race was held on Saturday 28 October.

Sam Crowe was the first lady across the finish line, with a time of 23 minutes and 2 seconds.

The full results are below:

Hundreds gathered in Somerled Square today (Saturday 28 October) for a day of action regarding island health care.

The crowd heard from Councillors John Gordon, Ronald MacDonald and John Finlayson, as well as Kate Forbes MSP and Ian Blackford MP - all of whom marched through Wentworth Street carrying a "Save Portree Hospital" banner.

NHS Highland stated on Friday 27 October that the Scottish government has approved a request for an external view to look at the arrangements for north Skye in terms of urgent care, minor injury and access to A&E services.

Councillor John Gordon told The Skye Times: "It was good seeing so much support from the day of action in Portree.

"Yet again our communities gathered to send a clear message to NHSH and the Scottish Government that we will not accept decisions about health care as a result of mismanagement and incompetency.

"NHSH are out of touch with reality and what is going on in our communities and its time they listened and acted.

A female rock climber, reported to be in her early 20's, was rescued from Neist Point.

Dramatic rescue footage of an injured fallen rock climber has been released by the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Stornoway.

The female fell about 2 metres directly underneath Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye.

HM Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 1pm on Friday 27 October, reporting that a climber had sustained a lower leg injury after falling and needed medical assistance.

Portree, Dunvegan and Kyle Coastguard Rescue Teams, Leverburgh All Weather Lifeboat and the Stornoway Coastguard helicopter were all sent to the scene.

The young climber was winched into the helicopter and taken to Stornoway Airport where she was met by the Scottish Ambulance Service for onward transfer to the Western Isles Hospital. 

The footage can be viewed here.

Scorrybreac path has reopened, following extensive repairs after a rock fall.

An abseil team worked to clear the rock, which had been left in a precarious position.

The path will need further work, but is easily passable with care.

 

An external view will be commissioned to look at arrangements for urgent care, minor injury and access to A&E services in North Skye.

NHS Highland confirmed today (Friday 27 October) that the Scottish Government has approved the request for an external view.

Commenting on the announcement David Alston, chair of NHS Highland said: “Despite all our efforts to date, A&E services, emergency planning, and access to 24/7 medical cover, particularly in the north of Skye, continues to be a source of both concern and some confusion.

“I heard this again when I met with representatives of north Skye in August and ongoing also through discussions with others. This is why I made an offer to involve local clinicians and relevant consultants to meet with community representatives. I am in the process of arranging this and I am confident it will take place in early December.

“I would also like to take this a step further and link this into some external opinions of our current arrangements.

“Once this work is completed we would take the findings to the wider public and set up a local forum to oversee any actions.”