Photographers are encouraged to submit their photographs for inclusion in a calendar especially for Homefarm residents.

Residents of the Portree-based care home will particularly like to see images of places that mean something to them.

Therefore, images of Carbost, Glenelg/the broch, Loch Tummel, Dumbarton Rock, Saltcoats, Loch Maree, Torridon and Helmsdale are especially welcome.

Those who wish to can share their high-resolution photographs.  The calendars will then be sold to the public to raise money for the care home.

Any images you wish you share should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

Extras are required for Youngfilms Gaelic drama series, Bannan.

Filming for the popular series will take place in Sleat during August and September.

Gaelic is not essential.

Those who take part will have the chance to experience television from a unique perspective and will be paid.

For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01471 888 162.

 

Stills and motions production company, LS Productions, have issued a casting call for rugby fans in Skye and Inverness.

They are looking for around 10 to 15 true Scotland rugby fans of any age or gender to feature in a small scene for a TV commercial. 

The filming dates are Monday 14 August or Tuesday 15 August and could be either very early in the morning or late at night.  The filming could take between two to four hours.

 

 

A fee will be paid.

 

To apply, send a recent picture of yourself, along with contact details and a note of whether you are based in Inverness or Skye (or somewhere in between) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Two men have completed possibly the first open canoe circumnavigation of the British coast.

Colin Skeath, a retired West Yorkshire Police officer, and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, began their trip at Strontian on 30 April.

They went on to travel 2,100 miles clockwise in their custom-made Downcreek Paddles from Ireland.

On Thursday 23 July, they began their circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye in their 17’ Old Town Penobscot.  They said: "At night we slept with midge nets on and no part of our skin was exposed……it was a bit like sleeping in a shark cage!"

"This had been a brilliant, rewarding but hard trip.  For four out of the five days the wind had been against us and, on occasions, so had the tide.  The sea at times carried a big swell and we paddled, sailed and paddled sailed, often for long periods, without much sleep."

The pair were aiming to raise money for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Huddersfield.

Their challenge took them over 86 days of paddling to complete.

More information can be found on the Canoeing Around Britain website.

 

 

Marine Harvest will be looking to fill 55 posts at a fish feed factory.

Highland Council approved the project in February.  The quarry at Kyleakin is being developed at a cost of £93m.

The construction of the factory is expected to be completed in the autumn of next year.

Marine Harvest said the 55 vacancies were across a range of disciplines including production, logistics, maintenance and health and safety.

Some of those vacancies are available to view here at The Skye Times job page.

Police Scotland is urging the public to be vigilant after skimming devices were reported on cash machines in the Beauly and Nairn areas.

Both incidents involved a device being fitted to the ATMs which "captured" the bank card of anyone who used it and refused to return the card after an attempted transaction.

Cameras were also fitted to film the user entering the PIN code for the stolen card.

Two men - aged 24 and 25-years-old - have been arrested in connection with these incidents and are due to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court in due course.

Both the Nairn and Beauly incidents were reported to Police on Friday, July 21.

Police Scotland want to make anybody using a cash machine alert to this particular type of scam and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious around an ATM to report it immediately to Police, as well as the bank or shop where the cash machine is located.

Police Scotland offer the following advice:

A new befriending and support service has been formed for the Skye and Lochalsh area.

Skye and Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends will recruit volunteer befrienders in order to deliver its service from October.

The Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations has joined forced with Highland Hospice to create the service, which will work closely with the Hospice's existing "Helping Hands" initiative.

Jo Ford, Senior Officer for Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) explained: “Over the past couple of years an increasing number of residents have been noting the number of lonely or isolated people in our community. Tradesmen, police and others are telling us that there are many people in Skye and Lochalsh in need of company and who would benefit from befriending.”

She continued, “There are some drop-in cafes and social events which run locally, but these are not accessible or appropriate to everyone. When we first spoke to Highland Hospice a year ago, we looked at a number of groups they could work with. However, it became clear that, with the Hospice providing the foundation for a permanent service, SLCVO should take this on – especially as we have the contacts for volunteers and other local organisations needed to develop this project.”

Acting Inspector Bruce Crawford from Portree Police Station agreed with Jo, and stated: “The stunning nature of the Skye and Lochalsh landscape that draws many thousands of visitors is often the very thing that leads to isolation and loneliness amongst some residents. With 80% of calls attended by local officers being non-criminal it is clear that vulnerability plays a large part in much of the work being carried out by Police Scotland.  A service aimed at supporting those in need of friendship and company will undoubtedly complement the work already being undertaken by the Police and partner agencies and help to improve the quality of life of those in need of additional support and human interaction”

NHS Community Development Officer Jean Macrae is also backing the project through in a number of ways, with one Kyle GP Surgery already having offered their waiting room as an opportunity to recruit volunteers.

Sconser could have its very own bunkhouse, if a planning application submitted to the Highland Council proves successful.

Morag and Hector Nicolson intend to build a small bunkhouse on their land, which is adjacent to the ferry carpark.  

Mr Nicolson has lived all his life in Sconser.  He works as a stone mason and dry stone waller, so plans to undertake the stonework on the bunkhouse himself.

Mrs Nicolson has retired from her job in the High School and currently runs a small holiday letting cottage adjacent to their house.  

The bunkhouse is intended as a new business venture for the couple in their later working years.  

The proposed building is on the site of an old ruined blackhouse.  

As the intended clients will be visitors arriving by bus, foot, ferry and bike, no car parking facilities are planned adjacent to the bunkhouse.  

This and further planning applications can be viewed here.

A yacht visiting the Sound of Raasay suffered engine failure today (Sunday 23 July.)

The yacht was located around two miles north of Portree and, thanks to the weather, was becalmed and at potential risk.

RNLI Portree towed the yacht back to Portree, where she is now secured pending engine maintenance.  

A 77 year-old man who lives on Skye has been selected to compete in the Four Nations Powerlifting Championships in Ireland this weekend.

David Hearn will represent Scotland against teams from Ireland, Wales and England in Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

The team of 12 must include five men, three women and a master, someone over 40 years old.  Master classes are divided into age groups ascending every five years.

Mr Hearn, now retired from a 30 year long career as a firefighter in Glasgow, is a master level 8.  In his last World Drug Free Federation Championships, Mr Hearn won his class of 75-80 year olds. He was one of three competitors in the M8 category.

The septuagenarian can bench press 85 kilograms, squat 112.5 kilograms and deadlift an outstanding 155 kilograms.

Mr Hearn intends to start with a comfortable weight at the start of the competition, before moving up and trying to beat his own record.