Impressive Western Isles medal haul at Island Games

On Wednesday morning the Western Isles team medal tally sat at nine following some memorable performances at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey at the start of this week. Swimmer Kara Hanlon took gold in the 200 metres breaststroke final on Tuesday night — shattering the games record by four seconds to follow up the […]

Over 200 runners take part in Barrathon 2015

A total of 214 runners took part in this year’s ‘Barrathon’ half marathon. Thanks to an extra sailing laid on by CalMac in the early hours of last Saturday morning, many participants were able to make the race. The winner, for the second year in a row, was Ray Ward of HB Team in a […]

Western Isles athletes all set for Jersey 2015

A party of 79 competing athletes will set off from Stornoway this Saturday, intent on achieving sporting success at the Nat West World Island Games in Jersey. The games represent a biennial showpiece in Hebridean sport, and the Western Isles have assembled their biggest-ever squad for the trip to the Channel Islands. Across seven days […]

Iochdar pitch project a step closer to fruition

Plans to create a new football pitch at Iochdar in South Uist have been submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, bringing to fruition a community aspiration over 15 years in the making. When Sgoil An Iochdair Agus A’Choimhearsnacdh — Iochdar School and Community — was formed in 1999, several key project were identified, including the […]

Raasay man honoured for 36 years’ police service

Raasay man Andrew Gillies was recognised for his 36 years’ service as a special constable when he was named in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He was one of only two policemen in the whole of Scotland to receive the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal — the other being the Police Scotland deputy chief constable […]

Woman found guilty of murder on Skye

A woman who battered her husband to death on Skye has today been jailed for life. Sandra Bruce kicked, stamped and jumped on defenceless Norman Bruce at their home in Breakish in February last year. The 64 year-old former paramedic never recovered having suffered a host of injuries including 20 rib fractures. Bruce (61) told […]

Skye and Canna thefts investigated

Two thefts occurred within just a few hours of each other, on Skye and Canna, it emerged this week. On Saturday morning Sandy Masson, the founder of Skye Forest Garden in Armadale, discovered that their donation box near the pier had been removed — along with the seven-foot-high pole to which it was attached. The […]

Kinlochewe pupils earn fourth Eco-Schools Green Flag

Kinlochewe Primary School recently gained its fourth Eco-Schools Green Flag award. The school was praised for utilising the many opportunities for outdoor learning and the long-term recording of data trends, and the learning that can be taken from keeping such records, with the assessor describing Kinlochewe as an “excellent example of how Eco-Schools can be […]