Young carers in the Highlands are encouraged to have their say in a survey.

Young people aged 14-24 who are carrying out a caring or support role for a family member are encouraged to make their voices heard.  

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who cares for a member of their family. A young adult carer is a young person aged 18-24 who cares for a member of their family.

The information in this survey will be stored securely and will be seen by decision makers at Highland Council and other relevant agencies. 

The survey and more information can be found here.

A casualty was assisted to Broadford Hospital following a fall on the shore at Loch Coruisk.

The fall on Friday 7 July resulted in a leg injury.

Kyle Coastguard Rescue Team manned the landing site at Broadford Hospital as the coastguard helicopter flew in.

Colourful buntings, bouncy castles that lived up to their name, delicious local baking and a community atmosphere - all part of what made Struan Community Gala a delight to attend.

The Gala was held today (Saturday 8 June), after it had been postponed from its original date in June due to forecast wind.  

The event was packed full of activities, including various bouncy castles, competitions and activities to include all ages.  

A.C.E. Target Sports provided entertainment and friendly competition for the crowds with air rifle shooting and axe throwing.  

Finlay Wild defended his title as Glamaig Hill Race winner today (Saturday 8 July.)

Finlay crossed the line with a time of 46 minutes and 18 seconds.

A much-anticipated part of Glamaig Hill Race is the duck race.  

Over 40 runners took part in The Skye Bridge 10k today (Saturday 8 July.)

The race was won by Steven Worsley from Inverness with a time of 37 minutes and 59 seconds.  

In second place was Ellie Buchan from Aberdeen with a time of 38 minutes and 26 seconds.

The full race results are below:

 

Steven Worsley M 37.59

Ellie Buchan F 38.26

Chris Kerr M 39.47

Ally Sutherland M 40.25

Andrew Neil M 41.23

Mark MacDonald M 43.28

Alexander Tindall M 44.04

A car in Carbost village was damaged during the night on Thursday 6 July.

Paint was splashed on the car.

Local police have asked anyone with information to get in touch.

 

A couple from the Isle of Skye will be celebrating their wedding anniversary at the open water swim in Loch Lomond. 

Portree couple, Jacqueline Forrest, 53, and her husband Duncan, 56, have entered the Great Scottish Swim, which falls on the day of their 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday 26 August. 

Jacqueline said: “We decided to enter as we swim regularly at our local pool and thought it would be good to aim for something positive to do with our exercise routine. 

“We have never celebrated our wedding anniversary with something as unique as this, so when we saw that the date coincided with the swim, it seemed a shame not to go for it.

“Our children thought we were joking when we told them about it!” 

Duncan and Jacqueline will be swimming half a mile in Loch Lomond in the event, which offers a range of distances for swimmers of all ages and abilities: a half mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5K and 10K.

Fundraising for a charity is optional at the Great Scottish Swim, as many entrants choose to enter to mark their personal achievements or milestones

Jacqueline said: “We haven’t decided about swimming for a charity yet, but if we do, it would be a combination of sharing monies between a cancer charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund, as we have family associated with both.”

Regardless of whether they opt to raise money, the open water swim will be a fantastic way to commemorate 28 years of marriage.

Motorists using Highland Council car parking machines will no longer have to search for change with the introduction of ‘RingGo’ phone parking payments across the region.

RingGo is a quick, easy to use mobile phone service, which lets motorists pay for their parking with a credit or debit card, rather than using cash at a machine.  Drivers who park their car in an area featuring the RingGo service, can simply contact RingGo by smartphone app, calling 01463 690 001, SMS or on-line, and pay for their parking by phone. 

With RingGo, there’s no need to carry change; nor visit a parking machine; nor receive parking tickets as Parking Enforcement Officers check which vehicles are parked with RingGo via their handheld units.

Pre-register with RingGo by using the RingGo smartphone app (downloadable free of charge either through your phone or from the relevant store) or on the internet at www.myRingGo.co.uk/register (external link). 

While pre-registering for the service motorists will be asked to provide: the number plate, colour and make of their vehicle and their payment card details.

Drivers can also register at the same time they want to park, either by using the RingGo app or by calling the RingGo number which is 01463 690 001.

For further information on RingGo visit www.RingGo.co.uk

A father from Aucheblae will be walking 185 miles from Stonehaven to Skye this month.

Gary Stewart will be making the journey to raise money for SANDS, the Stillbirth and Neo-natal death charity.  

The charity has a special place in Gary and his wife, Kimerley's, hearts after they lost their daughter hours after she was born on September 30 2012.  

Gary stated: "This September marks five years since we got to say hello to our baby girl and then tragically had to say goodbye the very same day.

"I have decided to take on this personal challenge to honour what should be her fifth birthday with us.

Tha sinn air leth toilichte gun d’fhuair Sabhal Mòr Ostaig dearbhadh bho OGE agus barantas bhon GTCS airson cùrsa teagaisg ùr, BA (le Urram) Gàidhlig agus Foghlam, a thabhann bhon t-Sultain 2017. Tha an cùrsa teagaisg freagarrach airson oileanaich ullachadh airson an dà chuid Bun-sgoil (teagasg tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig) agus Àrd-sgoil (a’ teagasg Gàidhlig mar chuspair). Tha tuilleadh fiosrachadh mun chùrsa air làrach-lìn na colaiste.

The College has been successful in gaining UHI Approval and GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Accreditation for the BA (Hons) in Gaelic and Education, to be delivered from September 2017. The new course is for both primary (Gaelic-medium) and secondary teaching (Gaelic as a subject). Further information on the course is available on the college website.