Police Scotland can confirm that the identity of the victim of a serious road traffic collision on the A87 on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday, August 8.

He was Ewen Mackay, 54, from the Teangue area of Skye.

His family has asked that the following statement is released through Police Scotland:

"We are heartbroken that Ewen has been taken from us.

"He was a devoted husband and father as well as a friend to many.

"As a family we would respectfully ask for privacy at this time."

A rucksack has been lost in Inverness

The Superdry bag was discovered at the Rose Street car park on Wednesday 1 August.

Police say the camouflage bag contains clothing and various smaller items.  The bag is currently in lost property at Burnett Road Police Station.

Skye residents and business owners have fought back against claims that Skye is overcrowded.

Their "Wish You Were Here" marketing campaign has spawned a video that, at the time of writing, has been viewed 20,000 times.

The video features many local business owners holding the "Wish You Were Here" sign, with the aim of letting the world know that Skye is, in their own words, "open for business."

Featuring music from Sally Leanne Fraser, the video aims to send potential Skye visitors a warm welcome.  

The video can be viewed at the Skye & Lochalsh - Wish You Were Here Facebook page.

A local lady who shaved her hair for Cancer Research UK has raised over £4,000.

Donna McEwan from Portree shaved her head in April in recognition of all who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.  She said: "So many folk I know, like myself, have lost family and friends to cancer. A number of folk in my life have survived their cancer diagnosis. For all of them, I wanted to make a difference.

Donna, who learned the full total her efforts raised last week, told The Skye Times: "Delighted to say that my headshave in April for Cancer Research UK has raised £4185.09. 

"I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends and particularly the community.

A man has died after an incident in the Loch Shieldaig area.

Portree and Kyle Lifeboat were called to the scene yesterday (Tuesday 7 August) following reports of a person in the water.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told The Skye Times: "Police Scotland can confirm that a 63-year-old man has died after an incident at a fish farm on Loch Shieldaig in Wester Ross.

"The incident was reported to police shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 7.
 
"The man's body was recovered from the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances, although the death is not believed to be suspicious.
 
"His next of kin are aware and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal in due course."

Birds of prey, dogs, livestock and archery - there was something for everyone at the 2018 Skye Show on Saturday 4 August.

The event included a performance by the Isle of Skye Pipe Band in Portree Square.  They then marched up to the King George V Playing Field to play at the community event.

Leading Scottish fundraiser Bruce Tait is swapping his business suit for motorcycle leathers next month and taking fundraising training around the North of Scotland by bike.

The BTA Fundraising Essentials tour will see Bruce deliver a full day’s training in fundraising aimed specifically at charities north of Scotland’s Central Belt.

He’ll present eight sessions in communities where people would normally have to travel for training to places like Edinburgh or Glasgow.

He’ll be travelling for 10 days, biking over 800 miles, visiting four islands and speaking to dozens of charities based in rural areas. On 13th September Bruce will be at the Aros centre on Skye.

Trials of a day service at Portree Community Hospital began last week.

The trial sees part of the hospital facility being transformed into a ‘one stop shop’ for the assessment and subsequent support of frail and elderly patients living in the north of the Island.

The day service will assess patients’ particular health care needs and develop appropriate care plans for them.

If the trial is successful, NHS Highland and other stakeholders are keen to expand the concept and the approach to cover a wide range of conditions.

Designed to be flexible as possible, the service uses a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals and third sector partners. The trial has input from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, community nursing, GP, Pharmacist, Consultant, and third sector partner organisation, Connecting Carers. If it is successful the wider team could include dietetics, podiatry, speech and language, social work with other third sector partner organisations, who could potentially be co-ordinated to see the patient when they attend the day service.

 

A visitor information sheet has been created by Portree Medical Centre.

The sheet, which is downloadable and printable, contains useful information for visitors.

Phone numbers for pharmacies, medical practices and dentists can all be found on the list, as well as information on what to do in an emergency.  

The list can be found here.

 

Work has started on the new Fairy Pools car park and toilet facilities.

The new car park will enable 130 parking spaces and will be built in two phases - enabling the facility to remain open to the public at all times.

The entire site is due to be completed early next year.

Kate Forbes MSP commented on this long-awaited congestion solution: “The most important people are local residents, whose lives have been disrupted by crazy parking on the side of the road and thoughtless littering. I hope that a brand new car park, toilets and amenities will resolve that.”