Kate Forbes MSP will be holding a series of constituent advice surgeries during the month of August.

They will take place in various places on Skye and on Raasay.


Red Note Ensemble present a programme of short pieces from around the world that deal with the idea of journeys of music and peoples across borders. 

Red Note Ensemble is Scotland's contemporary music ensemble, dedicated to developing and performing contemporary music to the highest standards, and taking new music out to audiences around and beyond Scotland. They are Associate Contemporary Ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, an Associate Company of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Associate Ensemble of the sound festival Aberdeen. 

The Journeys Tour, from 23 - 29 August, includes concerts in Aberfeldy, Fort William, Sleat and Gairloch as well as community, care home and school workshops and pop-up performances in Edinburgh, Paisley, Easter House, Loch Tay, Fort William, Sleat and Gairloch.

The Journeys Tour features an eclectic and exciting performance of extremely varied music, ranging from beautifully melodic and rich folk-based works, to wild, fast and powerful extracts from some of the 20th century's greatest string quartets. Love songs and keening elegies juxtaposed with crazy thumping rhythmic dances from around the globe. 

Red Note will also be visiting schools, care homes and community groups on the tour to present pop-up performances and workshops looking at the idea of 'journeys' and how people and music move around the world and find common ideals to share. 

Robert Irvine, cellist and Red Note Co-Artistic Director said: "We are really looking forward to taking this tour around Scotland, which was inspired by today's migration debates and explores how music impacts borders and people around the world. The pieces are short and very varied, and all played with the greatest passion and commitment by the strings of Red Note, so there will be something for everyone."

Listings and ticket booking information:

Monday 28 August, 8.00pm

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RQ

Tickets: 01471 844 207 or seall.co.uk. 


The 2017 Loopallu festival will be the last, according to its organisers.

The Ullapool music festival will be held on the town's pier for the first time.  

The festival in Ullapool will be marking its 13th year and will be held on 29 and 30 September.


Acts include The View, Glasvegas, The Pigeon Detectives, Hunter & the Bear, The Rezillos and the Vatersay Boys.

The organisers state: "The whole team would like to say a big thank you to all who have come over the years, your support and enthusiasm made the event what it was and what it is. Loopallu may come back in the future in a different guise, but for now lets have a party one last time."