Baby Ziggy makes an early appearance

A Skye couple celebrated the birth of their son a little earlier than they expected this week — after he arrived in the back of an ambulance travelling between Portree and Broadford.

Ziggy Lachaise Low, a second child for Lauchie and Rachel and a baby brother for Daisy, was born in a lay-by beside the Druim nan Cleochd waterfalls on Monday morning.

Mum Rachel was being taken to hospital in Broadford, but her new arrival had decided he simply wasn’t for waiting that long.

However, with the help of midwife Fiona MacCallum and the ambulance crew, a healthy baby boy, weighing seven pounds and 15 ounces, made his way into the world at exactly 8.27am.

Back at home in Portree, parents Lauchie and Rachel said they were grateful to the midwife and ambulance crew for their speedy response.

Lauchie said: “His due date was this Wednesday but the twinges started on Sunday night and continued through the night. By about half past six in the morning it was time to get the midwife, and try to get to Broadford. From there things moved pretty quickly.
“But thankfully everything went well and we were home again by 1.30pm on Monday. We’re delighted!”