New councillor for Benbecula and North Uist

Andrew Walker is the new councillor for the Benbecula and North Uist ward on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Mr Walker secured 437 votes in the by-election contest yesterday (Thursday), while SNP candidate Roslyn MacPherson received 302 votes. There were 739 valid papers, and 31 rejected ballot papers. Turnout was 33.2 per cent. The by-election was called […]

Gairloch pupils record solar eclipse

Pupils at Gairloch High School held a science day on Friday of last week and recorded the solar eclipse through a partnership with Rolls Royce, the University of Reading and the BBC. Through the school’s participation in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize 2015, they used some of the equipment purchased with support of Rolls-Royce Science Finalist […]

Skye sisters venture to fightback against fad diets

TWO island sisters have vowed to spark a fightback against fad diets and processed meals by launching the UK’s first online exercise and healthy eating programme. Experienced fitness instructors Fiona Weir and Lorna MacKinnon have run the “Be Your Best Bootcamp” business in the Isle of Skye for several years, helping hundreds of men and […]

Green light for Portree supermarket application

Portree could be set for two new supermarket developments after councillors voted 11-2 in favour of a long-running application by Edinburgh-based Oatridge Ltd. The application for a supermarket and filling station the Home Farm area of Portree was approved at Highland Council’s north planning committee today (Tuesday) and follows the earlier approval of an application […]

Warning after dog attacked in Portree

A Skye woman has warned dog owners to be on the lookout in Portree after her elderly collie was viciously attacked last week. Fiona Gately from Geary, Waternish, was making her usual walk with her collie, Pat, in the Bayfield carpark last Monday afternoon when another dog launched an attack, lifting the 13-year-old dog and […]

Planners to recommend new Skye wind farm

Plans for a 14-turbine wind farm between Ose and Struan on Skye are due to go before Highland Council’s north planning committee next Tuesday. The Scottish Government, as the owners of the land, are supporting the partnership approach being taken between Kilmac Construction and local crofters, and if given the go-ahead, the proposed development will […]

Gairloch mobility support project gets underway

The Gairloch Aid and Mobility Support project was officially launched last weekend accompanied by live music from Dundonnell band Destitution Road and home baking and soup from a whole host of local supporters. Local physiotherapist Birgit Joost came up with the project idea after identifying the need in the local community. The project aims to […]

Skye nursery unveils new play area

The Fàs Mòr childcare facility on Skye now boasts a newly-developed outdoor area thanks to an Awards for All lottery grant of £8,980. Based in Sleat, the facility has recently had its outdoor area improved to create a softer and flatter surface, while a range of new outdoor toys have also been purchased to make […]

Kyle family’s swim challenge in aid of Diabetes UK

A Kyle mum and daughter are undertaking the Swim22 challenge in aid of Diabetes UK. Eilidh Fraser and daughter Hollye have been regulars at the Lochalsh Leisure Centre since signing on to the challenge, which sees participants swim 22 miles – the equivalent of the English Channel – in their local pool. Eight-year-old Hollye was […]

New talent at Three Chimneys

For only the third time in 30 years, a new head chef is to take over the kitchen at the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys restaurant on Skye. Scott Davies (pictured with co-owner Shirley Spear) has made a name for himself working at a number of high-end Scottish restaurants throughout his career and recently as a member […]