Raasay pupils say thanks for help

Pupils and staff at Raasay Primary School have extended a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported their calendar project, with demand forcing a second print run. Following a public appeal for high-quality photos of the island, the school produced a calendar incorporating local landmarks and landscapes and received images from near and far. […]

Beanie hats off to Auchtertyre’s enterprising kids

Enterprising pupils from Auchtertyre Primary School have been busy producing handmade hats. As part of their curricular learning, the primary six and seven classes have set up a business making beanie hats to help raise money towards the cost of their educational residential trips. They are making the beanies from cosy polar fleece and have […]

Welcome for “radical” land reform plans

Proposals for a “radical package” of land reform were welcomed this week by campaigners and politicians. On Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a Land Reform Bill which will remove tax breaks from sporting estates and give ministers new powers to intervene where the scale of land ownership is deemed to be a “barrier to […]

Young piper with a big heart

A generous young piper from Lochalsh has donated £1240 to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Martin MacRae (14) from Conchra, a pupil at Plockton High School, collected the money while piping at Eilean Donan Castle during the school holidays. He has extended his thanks to Eilean Donan Castle staff and everyone who listened to him and […]

Haul of SQA awards for Castlebay School

Castlebay Community School on Barra was recognised at this year’s Scottish Qualifications Authority awards, winning a total of four categories. The school won the Pride o’ Worth award for centres — the organisations which deliver SQA’s qualifications; partnership of the year; lifelong learning centre of the year; and sustainable educator of the decade. In the […]

Tenant pressure pays off over dampness claims

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL michael.russell@whfp.co.uk After years of pressure, Albyn Housing Society have acknowledged that houses at The Corran at Achintraid near Lochcarron suffer from dampness. Since the houses were built six years ago, tenants of the four semi-detached properties have been adamant that the problems were not down to condensation, as Albyn had maintained. One […]

Cows on the Lochalsh line fuel derailment fears

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL michael.russell@whfp.co.uk The recent death of a Highland cow on the railway line at Duirinish in Lochalsh has underlined the lack of adequate stock-proof fencing in the area, raising fears that a train could be derailed if no action is taken. Local crofter Morag Mackenzie lost one of her Highland cattle last month […]

Dunvegan and Plockton lit up by fireworks

Fireworks displays in Dunvegan and Plockton were among those lighting up the sky this month, as communities marked Bonfire Night. Plockton saw a record crowd for its display last Wednesday, with over 400 people attending. Organised by the Plockton Small Boat Sailing Club this year, the club received a share of proceeds with the remainder […]

Russia’s highest naval honour for convoy veterans

Eight veterans of the Russian Arctic convoys were presented with the Ushakov Medal – Russia’s highest naval honour for valour – at a ceremony in Inverness last Saturday. A total of 214 medals were presented to veterans at civic ceremonies in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week, after veteran William Shand of Nairn requested […]