Skye GP’s warning on No vote

BY MICHAEL RUSSELL michael.russell@whfp.co.uk Voting Yes in next week’s referendum is the best way to protect the NHS in Scotland from an international free trade agreement that is currently being drawn up by the European Union and the United States, it was claimed this week. According to a letter in the Free Press — signed by […]

Kyle Maritime Day raises £4,500 for lifeboat fund

Kyle RNLI’s annual Maritime Day last Saturday raised over £4,500. Despite appalling weather in the morning a large crowd came out to support the event and were welcomed by a performance by the Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band. This was followed by a dramatic demonstration by the Kyle fire brigade of how casualties are freed following […]

Island musician’s debut EP raises £1,111 for Teenage Cancer Trust

A Benbecula man has raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust through sales of his debut EP. Eoghan MacDonald (18) from Kyles Flodda released “E-Am-Bò”, a compilation of traditional Gàidhlig songs and instrumental pieces, just before Christmas last year. So far he has raised £1,111. Last month Eoghan, a student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig […]

Stornoway Museum photo competition winners

The winners of a photography competition to mark a new Stornoway Museum have been announced. Six winning entries have been selected to feature in displays at the new museum and archive centre beside Lews Castle. Photographers of all ages from across the Outer Hebrides sent in entries to the competition, which was looking for portraits […]

Over 40 artists exhibit work at Lochalsh Art Fair

The sixth annual Lochalsh Art Fair was held in Dornie last week, featuring around 120 pieces of work by 41 artists from across Lochalsh and Skye. The five day exhibition in Dornie Hall was well supported by both locals and visitors to the area, while local primary and high school pupils were also engaged by the […]

Independence in the spotlight at Dornie debate

It was standing room only in Dornie Hall last Thursday night as a crowd of over 200 gathered to hear representatives of both sides in the independence argument clash in a debate organised by the West Highland Free Press. Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Dave Thompson and businessman Ian Blackford made the case for independence, […]

NHS say “thanks but no thanks” to Portree hospital site offer

NHS Highland have thanked a north Skye businessman for offering them three acres of land for a new hospital just outside Portree but say that the availability of land is not the “over-riding factor” in the location of the facility. At a meeting in Portree earlier this month, Donald MacSween from Portree (pictured) offered the […]

Plockton High’s Computers for Africa celebrates 20 years

Plockton High School’s Computers for Africa charity marked its 20th anniversary this summer. A group from the charity – Plockton High teacher and CFA chairman Terry Heaviside along with Jennifer Boulton of Fort William and former S6 pupils Sarah Cameron of Kyle, Kirsten Glover from Applecross, Shannon Maclean of Plockton, Dornie’s Alasdair Nixon and Rowan […]

Guineafowl starring as Sleat attraction

Visitors to Clan Donald Skye are being entertained by the antics of an unusual new addition to the Sleat attraction. Ten Helmeted Guineafowl, native to West Africa, have been hatched out and hand-reared by general manager Stephen McKeown (pictured) and now patrol the lawn in front of the castle, mixing happily with visitors. Stephen said: […]

Portree archive centre to research impact of World War I

The impact of World War One on Skye and Lochalsh will be researched by the Skye and Lochalsh archive centre in Portree thanks to a grant from Highland Council’s Eilean a’ Cheo ward discretionary fund. The grant will allow the archive centre to deliver a programme of events marking the centenary of the war – […]