A brand new series of Elaine C. Smith’s Burdz Eye View – starting on STV on Friday 17 November – sees the actress and comedian continuing her travels around Scotland as she takes her one-woman stand-up tour across the length and breadth of the country.

The new six-part series, which will air on Friday evenings at 8pm, follows the acclaimed Scottish entertainer as she visits the Highlands & Islands, exploring the region and getting to know the people who live, work - and laugh - there.

This third series features Elaine enrolling in a Gaelic beginners’ class on the Isle of Skye and flying to Barra beach to join an all-female waulking/singing group.

Elaine C Smith said: "I'm so excited about the third series of Burdz Eye View and delighted that STV viewers can join me for another journey around our beautiful country. This time I've headed north to the Highlands & Islands to take in some of the most incredible scenery I've ever seen, and meet with some of the fantastic folk who live there.

"I had the pleasure of visiting Lewis and Harris for the very first time and I'm confident I'll be back. From laughter yoga and axe throwing to making black pudding, weaving and arriving on Barra beach by plane, this series is full of fun and discovery and I hope the audience enjoys the chance to see this stunning part of Scotland through my eyes."

The sound of popping corks filled the autumn air at one Portree care home, as the staff and Residents of HC-One's Home Farm helped Mrs Mary MacPherson celebrate her 103rd birthday in style.

Mary, who was originally a native to the Isle of Skye, spent her working life as a District Nurse.

To celebrate her special day, Mary joined her fellow Resident Mary McNeil in planting bulbs for the home's sensory garden, before being presented with a card made from pressed flowers from the garden and enjoying a meal out with her family at Uig Hotel.

HC-One Home Farm Home Manager, Linda Baillie said: "We are all very fond of Mary and it was lovely to see her enjoying such a wonderful day celebrating with her friends and family."

For more information on Home Farm, call 0333 999 8541 or visit www.hc-one.co.uk

Ian Blackford MP is calling for the "urgent" replacement of Broadford primary School due to extremely poor state of the present building.

After a visit to the school last week at the invitation of the Parent Council he said he was ‘dismayed’ at the damp conditions pupils and staff are working in every day. This was underlined by the arrival of a pest control company to carry out some work on the school but found that the walls were too wet to proceed with the job.

He has now written to Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson asking that building of the planned replacement be accelerated. He wrote:- “I was dismayed to see the deterioration of the building and the advent of time in our climate, will only exacerbate the problem.

Charlotte Poynton, Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager at the world-renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant, has won the 'Highland Rising Star' award at the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2017.

Charlotte was recognised as showing real promise as a rising star in Scottish tourism, having shown a passion for her future and the progression of the industry.

Charlotte joined The Three Chimneys team in the summer of 2015. As well as excelling in her role as Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager, she has achieved her Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Sommelier qualification, and most recently, a Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Award of Excellence 2017 in the Restaurant Service final.

Kate Forbes MSP is encouraging anyone with an interest in the future of education in Scotland to contribute to the Scottish Government’s new consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill guarantees new powers for head teachers and ensures that young people and parents have a stronger say in decisions about children’s learning and development.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “Our teachers in the Highlands deserve our unreserved praise for the education they are providing our young people, day in and day out.

“With more of our young people getting excellent exam results and going onto a job, training or continuing their studies - we have so much to be positive about.

Police on Skye are appealing for witnesses following the theft of civil engineering equipment from a compound in Staffin.

Approximately seven 3m long push pull props, which looks similar to scaffolding and a number of 3m lengths of wood were removed from a site on the Quiraing road.

The items were to be used in the construction of waters tanks and would have required a van or another large vehicle to move them.

They were removed from the construction site sometime between mid-October and Friday 27 October.

Constable Lesley Campbell said: "We are keen to hear from anybody who has seen a person or a vehicle acting suspiciously around the Staffin area during this period of time.

"We would also ask anyone who has received anything they believe to be suspicious for sale to get in touch as soon as possible.

"Anyone with any information is requested to contact police in Portree on 101, using reference NP10052/17.

"Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

A Portree optometrist has won a top award at the Scottish Health Awards 2017.

Craig Campbell, an optometrist at JM Macdonald Opticians in Portree, took home the Optometrist Award.

Craig's desire and commitment to provide a professional service to the local community has seen his reputation grow, and his introduction of a domiciliary service for those who are unable to attend his practice has been described by colleagues as testament to his enthusiasm to provide eye care to everyone on the island.

Road improvements are scheduled to be carried out in Carbost and Glenbrittle over the winter months.

The Highland Council were successful in obtaining funds from the Scottish Timber Transport Fund to carry out improvements to the Carbost, Glen Brittle and Eynort public roads for the extraction of commercially grown timber.

The B8009 improvements will be carried out between the River Drynoch Bridge and the Glen Brittle Junction with the Glenbrittle improvements being between the Carbost Junction and the first forest access.

Unfortunately no work will occur on the section of road between the forest access and the Fairy Pools Car park.

Ian Blackford MP visited Broadford Primary School on Friday 3 November at the invitation of the parent council.

He stated: "I have to say I was dismayed to see the deterioration of the building. I am aware that Highland Council has a replacement school for Broadford in its capital plan. I would suggest that the deterioration of the building means this is a matter of some urgency.

"Whilst I was visiting last Friday, there was also a visit from a pest control firm that advised that due to the wetness of the walls they could not proceed and take the action that they had been invited to do. Having seen around the buildings it is clear that there are multiple areas of water ingress and much of the construction is rotting.

"The advent of time, with our climate being as it is, will only exacerbate the problem.

"For pupils and staff having to work in a damp climate is clearly not acceptable. It was put to me that the incidence of asthma related illness is a cause for concern.

"I have today written to the council asking them to respond to the deterioration of the building as a matter of urgency."

In October, the Highland Council told The Skye Times: "The Council is currently reviewing its capital programme, the outcome of which should confirm a capital investment plan for the next 10 years.

"Investment in Broadford (and other Highland schools) is being considered as part of that process.  We expect there to be a decision on schools capital investment early in 2018."

Sparks flooded the ink-black sky during the firework display at Broadford tonight (Saturday 4 November.)

The bonfire was lit with a flaming arrow shortly before the fireworks filled the sky.

A large crowd gathered in and around Broadford Community Hall to watch the display.