Jail term for lifeboat hoax caller

A laughing hoax caller who was jailed for sending a lifeboat on a ‘wild goose chase’ has been criticised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Alasdair Maxwell Munro, 55, was sentenced to four months after he was found guilty of making a hoax call to HM Coastguard which cost the emergency services thousands of pounds […]

Chilly dip for Gairloch visitors!

  Gairloch High School is hosting six visitors from their partner school in Malawi. The group, led by Mr Winnex Chimtali, the headteacher of Mlozi School arrive in Gairloch on Thursday 20th August and their last day in the village will be Tuesday 1st September. Mr Chimtali visited Gairloch in August 2010.  This time, he is accompanied by his […]

A rare summer treat — sunshine on Gala day

Kyleakin was bathed in bright sunshine for most of last Saturday as the village held its annual gala day celebrations. The events attracted a good crowd throughout, starting off on Friday night with a dance to local band the Brass Monkees. On Saturday proceedings began with the Skye Bridge 10k and fun run, and there […]

Local history and crime fiction to feature at Skye book festival

The Skye Book Festival returns in early September, presenting chapters in the lives of internationally-famous authors alongside local writers, artists and storytellers. This year’s festival welcomes Val McDermid, who is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Val will talk about her latest book ‘Splinter The Silence’, her most gripping, chilling novel yet, featuring […]

Missing French hillwalker found alive after 30 hours in the Cuillins

A hillwalker was rescued yesterday (Wednesday) after spending a night stranded in the Cuillins on Skye. Land and air searches began on Tuesday night after Frenchman Thierry Coffie failed to return from a day’s walking. The Police, Skye Mountain Rescue Team, RAF mountain rescue team, the coastguard and search and rescue dog teams were all involved in the […]

Thousands attend Skye Highland Games

  Teenager Ewen Bradley was the top local athlete at last Wednesday’s Skye Highland Games, keeping alive a long-established Staffin family tradition. For many years Ewen’s father Deb was the man to beat at the annual games. But the 16-year old followed in his old man’s footsteps when he won the Robertson Memorial Cup as […]

Sixty youngsters attend Trotternish Fèis

  The Trotternish Fèis took place on Skye last week, with 60 youngsters taking part in a variety of classes. Due to the popularity of the annual event, organisers were required to draft in additional tutors with a total of 14 playing their part. A very well-attended concert featuring performances by those attending the fèis was […]

Skye woman marks 102nd birthday

A Skye woman celebrated her 102nd birthday last week, putting her longevity down to “an honest, hard day’s work and plenty of butter and salt”. Morag MacDonald from Tarskavaig celebrated the milestone on 30th July with a gathering of friends and family at An Acarsaid in Broadford, where she is currently staying for two weeks […]