New chairperson for South Skye and Lochalsh Foodbank

Reverend Lesley Edmonds has stepped down as chairwoman of South Skye and Lochalsh Foodbank after serving on the steering group since its inception two years ago.  Ian Grimmer, a former Plockton High School teacher, has been elected chairman in her place. Mr Grimmer said: “Reverend Edmonds was pivotal in establishing the Kyle Foodbank working with […]

Skye school cooks up ‘A Christmas Recipe’

Pupils from MacDiarmid Primary School took to the stage this week for a festive concert in the school. A cast of 26 pupils from the nursery and P1 to P3 class performed ‘A Christmas Recipe’ on Monday to a packed audience of family and friends. The children were a delight to watch in their colourful […]

Council “tick box” consultation slammed by north Skye parents

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL A recommendation by Highland Council’s director of care and learning to close three schools in north Skye was savaged by local parents this week. On Monday, Bill Alexander published a paper recommending the closure of primary schools at Edinbane, Struan and Knockbreck and the construction of the new school at Dunvegan at […]

West coast feels the effects of winter storms

There was confusion over the status of traffic movements on the Skye Bridge this week. Following the debacle of two complete closures in October, Bear Scotland and Transport Scotland announced new alert services to tell the public if the bridge was to be closed in high winds. However, the BBC Travel page said on Wednesday […]

Mental health project launched in Skye and Lochalsh

A new project to help people with mental health problems living in rural areas of Skye and Lochalsh has been launched by the local citizens advice bureau. Skye and Lochalsh CAB’s Advise-Ability will tackle the limitations and social isolation faced by people with mental health problems in remote areas. A lack of public transport, no […]

Six new council houses for Lochcarron

Six new council homes in Lochcarron are the latest to be completed by Highland Council as part of a 688-house Highland-wide project supported by the Scottish Government. The new tenants of one of the houses were welcomed last week by Councillor Graham Mackenzie, chairman of the community services committee, and local councillor Biz Campbell. Councillor […]

Petition launched in bid to save Lochalsh Leisure Centre

BY KEITH MACKENZIE A petition has been launched in a bid to safeguard the Lochalsh Leisure Centre in Kyle from council budget cuts. The Kyle-based centre, which includes a swimming pool and fitness suite, receives assistance every year though a service level agreement with Highland Council, who pay £50,000 in return for the services […]

Feeling on top of the world after kilted Himalayan trek

An Ullapool man has successfully completed a kilted climb to the Everest base camp, helping to raise around £12,000 for Highland Hospice. John Urquhart was part of a four-strong team tackling the 13-day trek from Lukla in Nepal to the Everest Base camp. He, along with Alex Mackenzie from Cawdor and Mark Bain of Nairn, […]

Premiership class tells, as Shiel take derby honours

GEORGE MICHIE MEMORIAL CUP Skye 0 Kinlochshiel 5 (H.T. 0-1) Kinlochshiel claimed the George Michie Memorial Cup thanks to a comprehensive 5-0 win over Skye in Portree last Saturday. The derby victory underlined Shiel’s premier league credentials — and it was a lesson for Skye who, despite a season of success, know that they are still […]