Local police are warning residents of Urquhart Place, Portree to be on the look out for two men in suits.

Police say they have an "ongoing report of two men in suits in Urquhart Place area of Portree saying they are from the bank and need to see bank statements."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.


Members of the Highland Council’s Care, learning and Housing Committee have agreed to recommend to The Highland Council to create new Gaelic Medium catchment areas for the Portree associated school group as outlined in a public consultation which took place in late 2017.

In line with Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Medium Education, the Council sought the views of local communities in the catchment areas for the primary schools serving Portree High School. The consultation took place under procedures set down in The Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

Local police have taken to social media asking for the "Twitter fairies" to help reunite a bike and trailer.

They state: "Wondering if the Twitter fairies can help us reunite the owner with this bike trailer and the pretty good looking bike that was attached to it."

The trailer was found near Broadford and is now in a cell.

Police Scotland is aware of a number of scam calls being made to residents in the Highlands - with fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC.
This scam generally involves a cold call asking for unpaid fees to be settled immediately, warning if this is not done then the victim would be taken to court.
The callers will often ask for the sum to be paid by purchasing iTunes gift cards and then reporting the voucher codes to the person claiming to be from HMRC.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has commissioned ground investigation work at Tarbert (Harris) as part of the infrastructure upgrade project to prepare for the new dual fuel ferry.  The work is required to obtain a more detailed understanding of ground and seabed conditions.
A ground investigation contractor, appointed following a competitive tender process, will be on-site at the harbour from Thursday 22nd March.  They will initially build a jack-up barge, which will be used to carry out drilling over water.  There will also be a limited amount of investigation drilling in the marshalling area and adjacent to the terminal building. 

SOS NHS are looking to hear stories about those whose lives have been saved by attending Portree Hospital.

They are especially interested in cases where the longer journey to Broadford could have resulted in a fatality.  

They state: "Sir Lewis Ritchie is back in Portree next week and will meet with Community Councils from the North of Skye, on Thursday 22nd March, as part of his research for an Independent Review he is carrying out for NHS Highland regarding Out of Hours Care for the people of Portree & North Skye.

"NHS HIGHLAND maintain that nothing has changed since 2014 but we in Portree & North Skye know that is not true!

Last week a clean up of the Skinidin layby in the Broadford area took place over three days.

In total the site has produced over 10 Tonne of waste ranging from domestic and garden waste to car parts, gas bottles and a One Direction cushion!

Matt Harrison of I Love Skye said: "We had 30 different volunteers over the three days, and the funny thing was, although the task was fairly thankless (disgusting in places) there was not a single passenger, all the crew turned up, saw the job at hand and got on with it, we laughed and joked, shared stories, came up with plans, worked together. The range of skills,and ideas and assets between the crew was more than enough to get the job done.

Days after International Women’s Day (8 March), Kate Forbes MSP has launched a mentoring scheme to support a young woman in the Highlands achieve her goals and reach her full potential.

Applications are now open to young, aspiring women aged between 18-23 living in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

The First Minister’s ‘First Mentor’ scheme, now in its second year, is supported by organisations such as the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Scottish Sports Association, and the First Minister has called on more women who feel that they have something to offer to launch their own mentorship schemes.

Police are appealing for information following an act of vandalism at Sconser.

The male public toilets at Sconser Ferry Terminal have been vandalised with black spray-paint.

Police say the vandalism took place between 6-8 February.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, citing the reference: NP1134/18 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Kate Forbes MSP has welcomed news that the south end of the Isle of Skye will be among the communities set to benefit from a new £25m Scottish Government project to address mobile "notspots".

Earlier today (12 March) Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, announced the procurement process for the initiative, which will see new mobile phone masts in locations with no existing 4G coverage.

The Scottish 4G Infill Programme will improve mobile connectivity for communities and businesses, with the majority of the programme focusing on sites across the Highlands and Islands.