Kate Forbes MSP distributed the prizes for the winners of the Fun Run today (Saturday 9 June.)

The Fun Run racers started just after the Half Marathon runners left the finish line.

The winner of the boys 5-8 section was Ryan Dunkel with a time of 8 minutes and 20 seconds.  In the same age group, Isla Preston was the first girl with a time of 9 minutes and 58 seconds.

 

A new course record was set at the Isle of Skye Half Marathon today (Saturday 9 June.)

An unprecedented number of racers took to the streets to complete the course.

The record was set by race winner, Cameron Milne, who won with a superb time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.  This was Mr Milne's first time racing the Half Marathon.  He described the course as "really tough" but said he "enjoyed every minute."  

Làithean Cultar (Culture Days) were organised this week on 6 – 7 June by the Highland Council Gaelic Team and Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh.

Established actors, authors, dancers, story tellers, artists, sports leaders, singers and musicians in the national Gaelic and cultural sector led the Làithean Cultar sessions.

Head Teacher Mrs Flora Guidi, said: “The Làithean Cultar were a huge success on many levels; especially as the whole school including the Sgoil Araich participated and every child had the opportunity to take part in the sessions, which included, dance, creative writing, sports, drama, story- telling, art, and Gaelic Rap music.

“All the sessions where held through the medium of Gaelic and the Làithean Cultar were educational, informative and fun. The young people enjoyed participating and they also learnt from authors, writers, actors, singers, sports leaders, and artists.”

It's not all about running at the Skye Half Marathon - it's also going to be about replacing lost calories!

A street food festival, held in conjunction with the Skye Food and Drink Festival on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 of June, will take place.  

The concept came from organiser, Sam Crowe, and Skye Connect's Alistair Danter.  Sam told The Skye Times: "I had been to another event that had a really cool stall selling Indian food and it was such a lovely thing to find.  So, between Alistair and I, we hatched this concept."

Appearing at the festival will be food and drink with Thai flavours, Scottish tangs and American inspiration.  Fresh Revolution Burritos, Thai Skye, Buth Bheag, isle of Skye Ice Cream, Dede's Asian and American inspired stall, Cakey Pangs Bake House, Isle of Skye Bakery and DAE's charity stall.  

Sam continued: "We would love folk to come along and enjoy this aspect of the event, even if they are not running."

Find out more here.

The Skye and Lochalsh Citizens Advice Bureau are the first in Scotland to receive recognition for their high standards in three main areas.

Their skill with housing, welfare and money advice has been acknowledged by the Scottish Government when they were awarded "The Scottish National Standards in information Advice" accreditation - making them the first and, as yet, only CAB in Scotland to receive this accolade for all three areas.

 

Ian Blackford MP stated: "This is great news for them, as I know they are a very dedicated and caring team who work hard to help their clients.

"It is also extra good news as it comes during Volunteer Week as we appreciate the role of volunteers who make it possible for many organisations to function, such as the CAB Service.

"My special congratulations to everyone in the Skye and Lochalsh CAB team on achieving this award and to volunteers everywhere."

Anyone watching the third episode of Scotland From The Sky will have seen a boat, built by Plockton pupils, appearing on screen.

Owned by James Phimister, the boat was built by Plockton High School pupils in 2013 in the Am Bata project, enabling young people to learn about boat building.

James told The Skye Times: "The episode featuring the Viking canal also featured my boat, Venn.  Last June, I was approached by the BBC as they required a rowing boat to do some filming."

He continued: "We basically sat and waited for high tide, but it wasn't high enough to get into the loch - so it is filmed like we're relaunching the boat from the loch and rowing out from the canal."

James' boat has already had its share of stardom, appearing in Danny MacAskill's The Ridge video - and, recently, a Spanish elopement at Eilean Donan Castle.

 

 

Are you a dinosaur fanatic?  Head for Skye, says Wanderlust.

The travel magazine rated the island as one of Seven Real-Life Jurassic Parks Around The World That Dinosaur Fanatics Will Love.   

Skye's dinosaur prints and tracks have been recognised as "globally important" and are helping researches to gain a better understanding of dinosaur development.  

Little wonder, then, that the island is number four on the travel magazine's list. 

"You can literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs," Wanderlust says, commenting on the prints at Staffin Beach.  The list also praises Staffin Museum for its casts of the prints, as well as dinosaur bones and fossils from the area.

Police will soon be keeping teddy bears in their vehicles.

The "Trauma Teddies" will be used to comfort young children who come into contact with police through traumatic circumstances.

Police are working with the Safe, Strong and Free charity to bring the bears to the Highlands and Islands.  Once enough bears are collected, they will be kept in the police vehicles.  

Anyone wishing to help create the cuddly comforting bears can do so by getting a knitting pattern from Safe Strong and Free (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..) 

Members of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee have given their backing to progress being made on proposals for developing air services to and from Skye. They have also given their support to the setting up of a working group to spearhead the establishment of a trial air link between Skye and Glasgow.

A paper setting out a proposed way forward was presented to the HITRANS Board meeting at the end of April.

At the Area Committee yesterday (Monday 4 June) Councillors had the opportunity to discuss the report which sets out the wider socio-economic benefits of reintroducing scheduled air services to Skye and looks at delivering the new investment in an affordable and sustainable way. Taking into account constrained public sector finances, recommendations in the report include the initial setting up of a trial air link between the Skye and Glasgow and proposes that a working group be established to develop this option.

The full results for the Trotternish Ridge Race, held on Saturday 2 June, have been released.

Alexander Beaven raced into first place with his time of 3 hours 16 minutes and 21 seconds.

He was followed by Dave Ward, from the Pennine Fell Runners club, with a time of 3 hours 29 minutes and 54 seconds.

Iain Stewart took third place in 3 hours 40 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sarah Wingrove was the first lady across the line, finishing seventh overall, with an excellent time of 3 hours 57 minutes and 30 seconds.

The second lady to reach the finish line was Mary Lye with a time of 4 hours 36 minutes and 39 seconds.

Catherine Magill became the third lady to finish the race, with a time of 4 hours 41 minutes and 1 second.