The creative director of a performing arts promotion charity on the Isle of Skye has been rewarded for a quarter of a century of dedicated service to his community and Scottish traditional music.
Duncan MacInnes, of Skye Events for All (SEALL) in Sleat is one of seven individuals who have been inducted into this year’s Hands Up for Trad Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The award recognises people who work tirelessly to help their community and enrich the lives of others through selfless service or charitable work. Inductions will take place at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Òran Mòr on 2 November.
The services to the community category of the awards, reflects the 25 years Duncan spent as a volunteer bringing Scottish traditional music to audiences in the south of Skye as well as nurturing and supporting the local young talent of his communities by providing the musicians with their first experiences of public performance.

Highland Council will be one of the beneficiaries from an additional £10 million of Scottish Government funding to help cover the cost of road repairs following the extended wintry weather.
 
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes hailed the news – which is on top of the recent £4 million which Transport Scotland released to address urgent maintenance issues on trunk roads such as the A82 and A87.
 
The Scottish Government's Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said that the distribution of the new additional £10 million funding will be agreed with COSLA.
 
Kate Forbes MSP said: "Over the last few months, the roads in the Highlands have become progressively worse.
 
"There are sections which are downright dangerous in Skye, Lochaber, Badenoch and Dingwall and the Black Isle.

Roadworks will be carried out at Breakish between 7 May to 8 June.

BEAR Scotland will be carrying out drainage and verge improvements on the A87 trunk road.

The works cover the final phase of ongoing improvements to the drainage system in Breakish with associated provision of a hardened verge, starting at the Old Church House and ending 5-10 metres into the Sleat/Armadale junction, directly opposite the existing footway.

The works are provisionally programmed for between May and June and will be carried out between 7am to 5pm daily.

Constructions will be carried out under temporary traffic lights with single lane closure.  

 

Plans have been submitted for a luxury ecological resort in Portree.

The site on Struan Road could be home to 27 pods surrounding a hub.  

Plans have been submitted by Mr Garton Jones and his wife, Miranda, who currently own Uig bunkhouse, The Cow Shed.

Mr Garton Jones told The Skye Times that the inspiration came from the resorts in the Caribbean and Thailand.  "Very often, you have one hub building for the reception area, restaurant and bar, and your room is a little thatched cottage.  That's the feel we're trying to create," he said.  Mr Garton Jones said it was likely the bar would be open to the public.  

Six candidates have been selected for the Young Films Foundation residency of Skye.

The residency will be held this year from 19 May to 24 May and will bring together candidates from Glasgow, Isle of Lewis, Skye of Lochalsh and Edinburgh.

Following interviews at the Glasgow Film Festival the 6 successful interviewees were presented during the Industry Drinks Event, hosted by the Young Films Foundation and Channel 4, at the CCA, Glasgow on 26 February.

They are:

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is instituting a new writing competition.

The competition will be held in memory of Niamh Henderson from Mallaig, who died suddenly last year. Niamh was a first year student at the College, taking the Gaelic and Communication course.

The competition will be open to all college and university students in Scotland, and entrants will be expected to write a Gaelic short story of 1500-2000 words on the theme of mystery.

Highland Council will consider a revised Capital Plan at its meeting in March, following decisions on available revenue at the Council’s budget setting meeting on 15th February.

Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson said: “Our revised Capital Plan will propose continued investment enabling us to do some very important projects over the next 5 years, including new school buildings and Phase 2 of the West Link and other road improvements. However, it is imperative that we get our Capital Plan into an affordable place in the light of the funding available to us.

“Highland is a region with unique issues and pressures which need to be taken into account in the level of funding we receive. Investment in our infrastructure is also of vital importance to a thriving economy. We will be continuing to lobby the Scottish Government to make this point and some of our Highland MSPs have been very supportive in this respect.”

 

The Glenbrittle Forest Trail run was held this afternoon (Saturday 3 February), with the snow-capped Cuillins providing a backdrop for the Skye and Lochalsh Running and Athletics Club race.

Young Felix Rossiter was at the start line to shout "Ready, Steady, Go!" and the runners were off!