Festubert centenary marked on Skye

All weekend, events were held in Portree to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Festubert, and the wider implications of the conflict and the Great War on Highland communities. On Friday night an estimated 500 gathered at Portree High School for “An Ionndrainn: Remembering Festubert” —  a unique show, comprising music, poetry, readings […]

Retired music teacher creates piano songbook

A retired Skye music teacher has created a new piano book featuring traditional Gaelic songs and original compositions. Tomorrow (Friday) will see the publication of ‘Leabhar a’Phiàna’ by Mary M Strachan from Breakish, a former teacher of music in Skye and Lochalsh schools for 34 years. Featuring over 50 tunes suitable for near beginners to […]

Ullapool delivers another book festival to cherish

MICHAEL RUSSELL attended – and was part of – this year’s Ullapool Book Festival. Here are just a few of the highlights…   Crime writer Val McDermid, arguably the top draw at this year’s Ullapool Book Festival, likened last week’s General Election result to the Reformation. Bringing the festival to a close, she said the […]

Is Kyle’s Bertie the oldest player in Scotland?

Defender Bertie Urquhart celebrated his 62nd birthday on Saturday — by helping his current team Kyle earn a draw against his old club Plockton. A mainstay of the football scene for decades, Bertie is by some distance the oldest player now playing in the Skye and Lochalsh League. Bertie has, over the years, served both […]

‘Madame Butterfly’ in Kyleakin hall

Opera Bohemia, Scotland’s dynamic young professional company, is delighted to announce their first visit to the Skye. They will perform Puccini’s masterpiece, ‘Madame Butterfly’, at Kyleakin hall on Friday 22nd May at 7.30pm. The company was founded by Alistair Digges and Douglas Nairne, both young Scottish professional opera singers, who were keen to produce more […]

Government calls in council’s north Skye schools decision

MICHAEL RUSSELL michael.russell@whfp.co.uk The Scottish Government’s decision to “call in” Highland Council’s plan to close three primary schools in north Skye “vindicates” what campaigners have been saying for two years, one parent said this week. Tim Spencer, who has a child at Edinbane Primary School and is a member of the parent council, was speaking […]