Police are still seeking information which could help trace two men missing in the Highlands.

Anthony Young (top left) and Darren Hamilton (top right) have been reported missing from Northumberland.

It is believed they may be camping in the Rothiemurchus/Cairngorms area near Aviemore.

They are thought to have access to a light-coloured Talbot campervan, reg XKZ 1498.

Anthony Young, 48, is described as being around 5ft 7in tall and of heavy build with gingery blonde hair cut in a mohican style.

Darren Hamilton, 52, is described as being 6ft tall and of slim build with dark curly hair, greying at the sides.

The Isle of Skye is at "risk of being ruined by tourism," according to a list in CountryLiving.

The lifestyle and home magazine stated that the rise of tourism has some negative impacts.  "A number of the world's most famous natural wonders are at risk of ruin as they struggle to keep up with the excessive demand of visitors," it continued.  "Some may even be destroyed for good, if we're not careful."  The list went on to highlight nine places thought by writer, Olivia Blair, to be most at risk.

Skye was named at number three, with the list saying the island's recent film and television appearances have led to an influx of tourism.  

There are just over three weeks to go until the 2018 Skye Agricultural Show.

The organisation say that, while everything is starting to take shape, they are always looking for more volunteers to help on the day.

They have asked that anyone, who could spare even an hour, could get in touch.

Their Facebook page can be found here.

 

 

A food exchange box was recently installed near Carbost.

The box's mysterious and sudden appearance prompted questions on a local Facebook group.  

The idea behind the box came from crofter, Davide Khalil, who told The Skye Times: "I believe food is a human right and think that people in food poverty are often not with cars to visit food banks.

"So it's my idea that a box like this one at every recycle area in Skye might offer a local access point for food banking to those who are in need at the end of the road."

Mr Khalil estimates that the equivalent of five meals have passed through the box in the last week, since it was first installed.

Works are to begin on an additional £1.5M worth of repair schemes on Highland Council roads this summer.

Cllr Alister Mackinnon, Highland Council’s Budget Leader said: “At the Council’s meeting in March, Members agreed a revised 5 year Capital Plan and agreed to prioritise roads maintenance if there was any underspend in the Council’s capital programme for 2018/19.

“A close review and reassessment of the Council’s Capital Budget showed that there was an underspend in resources required for ICT investment based on latest prices and operational requirements. I am very pleased that we have been able to act swiftly to redirect these funds into much needed repairs of Highland roads.”

Events showing the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's new Emergency Towing Vehicle (ETV) are coming to the Highlands and Islands.

People had the chance to see the vessel at Ullapool during a local Rotary Club and RNLI Open Day.  Hundreds of people visited the harbour side for the event.

Russel Freeman from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: "The size of the vessel meant people really couldn’t miss it and it was really popular, with several hundred people coming onboard to have a look.

The final of a Talisker cocktail competition will be taking place next month.

The Race to Skye contest challenged entrants to create a cocktail inspired by the Made by the Sea marketing campaign.

 

After a series of regional heats, three Scottish bartenders (Liam Grogan of Kelvingrove Café in Glasgow, Stefanie Anderson of Bon Vivant in Edinburgh and Miran Chauhan of Buck & Birch, also in Edinburgh) were named finalists.

They will be heading to Skye for the final, which takes place between August 13 and August 15.  They will compete against finalists from Leeds, London and Manchester.

The crew of two boats worked together to rescue a man overboard today (Monday 16 July.)

The man on a fishing vessel fell overboard into Loch Hourn. 

After responding to a Mayday broadcast from the Coastguard, another nearby fishing vessel raced to the scene to assist.  Working together, the crew on both vessels were able to haul the man out of the water.

The man was winched on board the Coastguard helicopter and taken to Broadford landing site where he was transferred into the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter and Mallaig RNLI both attended the scene.  

James Instance, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard, said: "We’re pleased that in this situation the crew were able to take action by recovering the man from the water. We wish him a speedy recovery."

 

 

 

Police are searching for Good Samaritans who came to the aid of a cyclist.

The police say the people stopped to help the cyclist, who fell ill between Shieldaig and Applecross on Saturday 14 July.  

Police have asked the people to get in touch on 101.

 

Police have praised the people of Skye for their support following the theft of a bicycle.

The Specialized Dolce Evo cycle belonged to visitor and was stolen in Broadford on Saturday 14 July.  Locals were swift to come to the visitor's aid.  

The bicycle and belongings were recovered and reunited with their owner the next day.  Police say a local man has been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police stated: "The owner of the bicycle would like to convey her thanks to all who provided offers of support, food and travel whilst efforts were ongoing to recover her property. Special thanks to Love From Skye, Carters Cabin and Skye Jeep Tours. Yet again the people of Skye have done the area proud in the face of disappointing circumstances."