Inverness Mod hailed as a homecoming success

The Inverness Mod was hailed a huge success as it drew to a close last Saturday with a parade of massed choirs through the streets of the Highland capital. Early predictions have suggested the Mod — a signature event of the Highland Homecoming celebrations — will have brought between £2.5 million and £3 million to […]

“Plenty of work” is key, says 100-year old Mary

Mary MacPherson from Earlish in north Skye celebrated her 100th birthday last week at a family gathering in the Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree. Mrs MacPherson now lives in Home Farm nursing home. She was delighted to receive her card from the Queen, which was presented to her by John Laing, deputy lord lieutenant of Ross […]

Questions mount as Skye Bridge closes for second time in a month

Motorists suffered hours of frustration this week as the Skye Bridge was closed for the second time in less than a month, prompting concerns that the trunk road contractor had changed their policy on severe weather restrictions. At 4.04am on Tuesday morning Bear Scotland closed the bridge to all vehicles as the tail-end of Hurricane […]

Record-breaking amount raised at Raasay coffee morning

The annual Raasay Primary School coffee day has raised an amazing £3,321.70 for school funds. Pupils and staff extended a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped make the recent coffee day a success, with the total amount raised a new record. Thanks also go to the parent council for organising and running their usual […]

Kintail Mountain Rescue Team receive two fully-equipped Landrovers

Kintail Mountain Rescue Team are now the proud owners of two state-of-the-art rescue ambulances thanks to donations from two different organisations. A £20,000 grant from the Order of St John – which has been supporting Scottish mountain rescue teams since 1997 – allowed Kintail MRT to purchase a brand new Landrover Defender 110 and get […]

Skye teenager wins Mod Gold Medal

BY KEITH MACKENZIE keith.mackenzie@whfp.co.uk Skye’s Eilidh Cormack and Angus MacLeod from Inverness were crowned as the winners of the prestigious Mod Gold Medal in Inverness today (Thursday). Eilidh, a Gaelic student at Glasgow University, won the prize at the first attempt and follows the example of her dad, Arthur, who was also just 18 when […]

North Skye children celebrate early Mod success

Folk group Clann Thròndairnis from Staffin Primary on the Isle of Skye won top prize in the folk group competition for under-13s at the Royal National Mod in Inverness. Performing today (Monday) were Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies. A group from the school won the same competition at the 2012 Mod […]

Mod set to make its mark on Highland capital

The Royal National Mod returns to Inverness for the first time in 17 years this week, and organisers are hopeful the 2014 event will go down as one of the busiest and best in the 122-year history of the annual celebration of Gaelic music and culture. An Comunn Gaidhealach have had a bumper entry for […]

Skye’s daredevil Danny tops the lot with Cuillin challenge

Skye was the limit for trials cyclist Danny MacAskill on his latest challenge as he rode the ridge of the Black Cuillin. Danny – who hails from Dunvegan – spent 10 days on the shoot in June of this year, cycling the seven-mile length of the range for ‘The Ridge’. The seven-minute-long film, a Cut […]

Bear Scotland defends seven hour closure of Skye bridge

Bear Scotland have defended their decision to close the Skye Bridge this week for over seven hours, citing hurricane-force winds as the reason. The closure order took effect at just after 4am on Monday and the bridge reopened at 11.45am. Huge queues of traffic — including shop deliveries for Skye — built up on both […]