Thursday, April 25, 2019
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Firefighters are currently battling a blaze near Edinbane.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service received reports of a wild fire just after 11am today (Wednesday 24 April.)

Six fire engines were sent to the scene.  

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service told Skye Times Online: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 10.55am on Wednesday, April 24 to reports of a wildfire on the Isle of Skye.

Two new features have made booking online with CalMac easier.

The ferry and harbour operator has now introduced new features to their web booking system that allows customers to save payment details and make changes to reservations online.

CalMac's Head of Customer Services, Alan Hood said: "Feedback from our customers told us that they wanted an improved ability to 'self-serve' tickets, and modifications to bookings, 24-hours a day.

It's the end of an era for photographer, Phil Gorton, as he swaps Skye for Forres.

After spending over a decade on the island – and creating the lasting legacy of the Art Skye guide booklet – Phil made the decision to leave the island late in 2018.

Phil, who has long been a member of the Skye and Lochalsh Arts and Crafts Association (SLACA), reminisces about his time on the island.

Arguably one of Phil's most time-consuming Skye projects was his work as editor of the Art Skye booklet. He notes: "The history of the Art Skye booklet goes back to the start of the millennium. There was a Council-funded leaflet for SLACA. When the funding stopped, a leaflet of their own was started." The format of the booklet evolved as the years went by, gradually blossoming into the glossy testament to talented islanders and invaluable guide to visitors that it is today. In 2018, work began on a leaflet to accompany the booklet.

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