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 […]

Party atmosphere to welcome new play park in Aultbea

There was a party atmosphere in Aultbea in Wester Ross last week as the new play park was officially opened. Pupils from Bualnaluib Primary School were piped into the play park by youngsters Liam Forbes and Max Grigor and Aultbea Community Council member Fiona MacKenzie addressed the crowd. She con­gratu­lated the children on picking the […]