Young piper with a big heart

A generous young piper from Lochalsh has donated £1240 to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Martin MacRae (14) from Conchra, a pupil at Plockton High School, collected the money while piping at Eilean Donan Castle during the school holidays. He has extended his thanks to Eilean Donan Castle staff and everyone who listened to him and […]

Haul of SQA awards for Castlebay School

Castlebay Community School on Barra was recognised at this year’s Scottish Qualifications Authority awards, winning a total of four categories. The school won the Pride o’ Worth award for centres — the organisations which deliver SQA’s qualifications; partnership of the year; lifelong learning centre of the year; and sustainable educator of the decade. In the […]

Tenant pressure pays off over dampness claims

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL After years of pressure, Albyn Housing Society have acknowledged that houses at The Corran at Achintraid near Lochcarron suffer from dampness. Since the houses were built six years ago, tenants of the four semi-detached properties have been adamant that the problems were not down to condensation, as Albyn had maintained. One […]

Cows on the Lochalsh line fuel derailment fears

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL The recent death of a Highland cow on the railway line at Duirinish in Lochalsh has underlined the lack of adequate stock-proof fencing in the area, raising fears that a train could be derailed if no action is taken. Local crofter Morag Mackenzie lost one of her Highland cattle last month […]

Dunvegan and Plockton lit up by fireworks

Fireworks displays in Dunvegan and Plockton were among those lighting up the sky this month, as communities marked Bonfire Night. Plockton saw a record crowd for its display last Wednesday, with over 400 people attending. Organised by the Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club this year, the club received a share of proceeds with the remainder […]

Russia’s highest naval honour for convoy veterans

Eight veterans of the Russian Arctic convoys were presented with the Ushakov Medal – Russia’s highest naval honour for valour – at a ceremony in Inverness last Saturday. A total of 214 medals were presented to veterans at civic ceremonies in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week, after veteran William Shand of Nairn requested […]

Kinloch and Eilean Donan among tourism winners

Businesses in Lochalsh, Skye and the Western Isles were among those celebrating at last Friday’s 10th annual Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. Held in Inverness, the ceremony saw Kinloch Lodge on Skye named the most hospitable hotel while HebCelt picked up the award for best event or festival. Isabella Macdonald from Kinloch Lodge said: “We’re […]

Diamond wedding celebration in Glenelg

A Glenelg couple marked 60 years of marriage last month. Christina Campbell Elder and William John – known as Y – Macleod were married in Inverness on the 16th of October 1954 and have two daughters, Elaine and Myra and four grand-daughters. The couple were joined by over 70 members of their family and friends […]

FOCUS Gairm nan Gaidheal: Call of the Gael

Roddy Murray, head of visual arts at An Lanntair in Stornoway, assesses the Gairn nan Gaidheal project… Just recently the British withdrawal from Afghanistan was complete. If you go to the BBC website you can see the names and photographs of the 453 who died there over the 12-year period. It’s been a time for […]

Skye storm to victory over Ballachulish

NATIONAL DIVISION PLAY-OFF Skye 5, Ballachulish 0 Skye powered their way into the National Division with a convincing victory over South first-division winners Ballachulish in Saturday’s promotion play-off at Drumnadrochit. A five-star display — in which Jordan Murchison scored twice, along with strikes from Shockie MacLennan, Danny Morrison and Will Cowie — capped a fine […]