Parents are asked to pick up their children from Portree Primary School today (Wednesday 15 November.)

The school has no electricity, resulting in the telephones being inoperable.  

Loopallu music festival is set to return next year, despite previous concerns that the 2017 festival would be the last.

Preparations have now begun for the staging of the festival on 28 and 28 September 2018.

Loopallu's Robert Hicks said: "During this year's event festival goers told me that regardless of whether Loopallu continued or not, their accommodation for 2018 was booked so they would be making their annual journey to Ullapool.

An Inverness retail park is temporarily closed to the public.

Inverness' largest retail park next to the A96 on the east side of the city was closed after two glass panels fell from a shop frontage and injured a shopper on Tuesday 14

The incident happened outside one of the shops at the park.

The site's owners said that the entire site would remain closed until further notice.

Customers are asked to check the park's website for updates.

Budding young entrepreneurs with ideas for social enterprises or businesses are encouraged to submit their idea to the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise are offering two young entrepreneurs membership to the newly-established Impact Hub Inverness for the whole of 2018, which marks the Year of Young People. The successful applicants will gain access to a year-long business support package to help bring their business ideas to life.

The closing dates for submissions is Thursday 30th November 2017. 

More details can be found here.

Communities across Skye and Raasay are being reminded that the deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Eilean a’ Cheò Civic Awards is Wednesday 29 November.

This is the seventh year of the Awards which are organised by the Ward 10 Highland Councillors to recognise people from all age groups and walks of life who have contributed to the success and wellbeing of their local communities.

This year’s award categories are:

A man from Kent has completed an epic walk that saw him head around the British coastline to raise money for the RNLI.

Alex Ellis-Roswell completed his walk on Saturday 11 November, about 2pm, Alex crossed the finish line in Kent after 9,500 miles and three years on the road. 

His walk took him through the Isle of Skye in March.   

So far, Alex has raised over £65,000 for the RNLI.

A pub in Pollokshaws will be celebrating Skye in a new event.

The Boyd Roderick, owned by National Pub Company Punch, and run by Campbell Dixon and Callum Giles from Caledonian Skye Ltd, will be celebrating the island with locally sourced food, drink and entertainment.

Campbell Dixon stated: "This will be a fantastic event to showcase all things Skye to the wider audience of Glasgow."

The event will start on Friday 1 December from 7pm.

A BBC1 series is still looking for people to take part in various shows.

Escape For The Winter will follow people based in the UK who are planning to head abroad for the winter.

Filming has already started, but the team are still casting for the later episodes in the series. Anyone wishing to take part should call 0141 212 2897 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A female with a spinal injury was rescued from Knoydart and transferred to Mallaig on Wednesday 8 November.

Mallaig Coastguard and RNLI Lifeboat, along with ambulance personnnel, assisted in the rescue.

The lack of road access results in the coastguard often transferring casualties.  

In urgent cases, the routine is normally that paramedics will be taken over on RNLI lifeboat.  Casualties are then prepared by Ambulance Service and loaded on to Lifeboat for transfer back to Mallaig, where the Coastguard Rescue Team assists in safe transfer from pier to road ambulance then on to hospital, usually Fort William.

If medical decision is so urgent that air evacuation is better, then helicopter will be tasked to transfer direct and only Coastguard Rescue Service involvement would be provision of helicopter landing site safety. Air asset choice is handled by the Aeronautical Rescue Co-Ordination Centre based in HM Coastguard National Maritime Ops Centre in Fareham – may be a Coastguard Helicopter or Helimed in that case. 

A Scottish Parliament committee that was today (Thursday 9 November) expected to consider a petition seeking an independent review into the redesign of healthcare services by NHS Highland in Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross, will now do so at a later date.

Due to a full agenda, the cross-party Public Petitions Committee decided to give the petition more time and deferred the item for a future meeting.

Under Holyrood rules, no committee can meet whilst there is formal business taking place in the main debating chamber.

Although not a member of the committee, Skye MSP Kate Forbes attended the meeting and intended to represent the concerns of her constituents.

Speaking afterwards, Kate Forbes MSP said: “I attended the Public Petitions Committee meeting because the petition about the redesign of healthcare was going to be discussed again by a cross-party panel of MSPs.

“This was another opportunity to highlight the concerns voiced by residents in north and west Skye about the future of Portree Hospital.”