A Portree man won gold at the Royal National Mod.

Ruairidh Cormack won the men's Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the Mod in Dunoon.

Ceitidh Campbell, a Gaelic teacher from Inverness, also won gold.

Chair of the Care, Learning and Housing Committee, Councillor Andrew Baxter said: “Well done to Ceitidh and Ruairidh for bringing the Mod Gold medals home to the Highlands.

“On behalf of the Committee, I extend a special thanks to Ceitidh for her success. While this is a truly personal achievement, her success will also reflect positively on pupils that she teaches. The Mod Gold medal is a pinnacle to which many Gaelic singers aspire and her achievement is inspirational. Well done Ceitidh.”

An injured walker was rescued from the Cuillins yesterday (Wednesday 17 October.)

The walker, who had fallen, was transported by coastguard helicopter and taken to Broadford.



Youngsters in the Trotternish area won a top prize at the Mòd.

Clann Thròndairnis won top prize in the Folk Group Competition for Under 13 year olds.

Clann Thròndairnis also won other significant competitions in the children’s categories’ at the Mòd.

The winning group received £500 prize from Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process Services Company.

Councillor Alister Mackinnon, Chair of the Highland Council’s Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group, said: “This is an excellent competition, as the young people are able to select their own choice, which can be accompanied by musical instruments if they desire. The young people do perform to such a high standard. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”

A 22-year-old singer from Skye has been announced as the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2018.

Eilean a' Cheò councillors for The Highland Council have welcomed the recent announcement at the Royal National Mòd that Eilidh Cormack is Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2018.

Cllr John Gordon, Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee (Cathraiche) said: “Eilidh is a very worthy winner of the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year award, she is a great role model for the Gaelic language and culture and I am delighted her achievements and commitment have been recognised by her winning this award.”

A Skye-based business has been named among the best rural businesses in the country after winning a regional Amazon Rural Business Award.

Skyeskyns won the Best Rural Manufacturing Business at the North regional finals of the Amazon Rural Business Awards.  The business will now go on to represent Scotland at the national final in February 2019.

Now in its fourth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses. It is run in partnership with Amazon.

Speaking after picking up the top award, Skyeskyns' General Manager, Dave Till, commented: "Receiving the award for Best Rural Manufacturing Business is such an honour. We are the sole remaining commercial sheep tannery in Scotland, preserving a heritage skill for the modern era by turning our traditional manufacturing business into an immensely popular tourist attraction. Rural businesses play a vital role in supporting remote communities like the Isle of Skye, and we can't wait to share news of this award with our hard-working team at home."

A plaque at the Fairy Glen has been removed.

Created by Pauline Jewett from Invergordon, the plaque reminded visitors not to move or stack stones.  

Sylvia Porter, manager of Staffin, Isle of Skye, Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "[The plaque] was erected onto a wooden plinth and cemented in the ground just below Castle Ewan on October 5." 

When Sylvia visited the Fairy Glen on Sunday 14 October, the plaque was removed from the plinth.  

Stone piling has attracted multiple debates, with many environmental experts siding against the trend, while others see it as harmless.

£1,752 was raised for charity at a recent coffee afternoon.

Hosted by Uig Hotel, the event took place on Saturday 13 October in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

Hotel owner, Anne Harley, told The Skye Times: "We were overwhelmed by the support from those who joined us on the day and the generosity of both the individuals and businesses who gave so much for the raffle and silent auction."

CalMac's most popular ferry routes in 2017 have been revealed..

The Mallaig to Armadale crossing (285,483 passengers) proved more popular than Ullapool to Stornoway (275,737 passengers).  The statistics also showed that the Skye/Mallaig route was the most popular crossing for coaches across Scotland.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "Mallaig to Armadale figures were up by 10 per cent compared to the fateful summer of 2016. Importantly that means that visitors will be travelling through the Sleat peninsula, where communities have worked long and hard to build up a viable industry.

A sign was stolen from the roadside at Skeabost last week.

Police are looking into the theft of the sign, which they estimate was stolen overnight from Tuesday 9 into Wednesday 10.

The sign is identical to the one above.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101.


A car collided with railings near the Royal Hotel in Portree in the early hours of the morning (Friday 12 October.)

A black Ford Mondeo struck the railings at around 1:50am-2am.  

A spokesperson from Police Scotland told The Skye Times: "The vehicle is understood to have travelled from the direction of Uig along the A87 prior to the collision.

"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police in Portree by calling 101, quoting reference NP3993/18."