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!

 

A group of nine volunteers braved the misty weather to clean up a lay by near Broadford today (Saturday 27 2018.)

Organised by Matt Harrison of ACE Target Sports, the clean up project is part of I Love Skye's #keepitclean2018 campaign and was inspired by Matt's every day experiences.  He told The Skye Times: "I see this mess every day and I want to get something positive done.  

"It's not just this site.  

"When this is done I'm going to move onto another one.  

"We market ourselves as a tourist destination and if every lay by has a sofa in it, we will lose tourism."

Crowds turned out yesterday (Friday 26 January) for a silent protest at Portree Hospital.

The protesters had a chance to share their views and experiences on local healthcare.  

Rhoda Grant, Labour MSP, attended the protest in order to meet constituents with Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of the NHSH Board.  They met with group members and other senior NHSH staff for over an hour and a range of issues were discussed.

Save Portree Hospital Facebook page stated: "The outcomes of the meeting were limited to promises to investigate the situation regarding Raasay and of a few specific instances where care has fallen short of expectation. On the key issues of 24/7 A&E and 12 beds in Portree hospital and maternity service provision across the area, the weight of public concern was noted but there was no sign of movement.

"As a consequence we will be inviting Elaine Mead, David Alston and Gill MacVicar to a public meeting on Skye to give them an opportunity to convince us that their 'design' will improve the quality of healthcare provision in the North of Skye."

 

The latest Highland Quality Approach (HQA) award has gone to someone who goes above and beyond in his role to enhance the care given to patients and improve their quality of life.

Ruairidh Mackinnon is the handyperson coordinator for Skye, Lochalsh and South Wester Ross. Based at Portree Hospital he was nominated by the North Skye and Raasay community nurses who believe they “would not be able to provide the nursing care to patients with long term conditions and palliative care without Ruairidh’s support and services”.

Nominations are being invited from people seeking election onto Waternish and Staffin Community Councils.

The resignation of some members have brought the community council’s down to below half of their memberships so interim elections have been called in order to fill the vacancies.

To stand for election you must be entered in the current Electoral Register for the Community Council area, or if aged 16 or 17 years old, have completed a Voter Registration application.

Nomination forms and copies of the scheme for the establishment of Community Councils can be downloaded from this website or can be obtained on request, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; in person from any Service Point or by telephoning 01349 886657.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host a series of public exhibition events to share proposals for construction work at the Skye triangle ports of Tarbert, Uig and Lochmaddy.

The upgrade project has now entered the design stage following the completion of masterplans, and detailed designs for the preferred option for each location are being developed.

The events, which will take place the week commencing February 26, are the latest in a series of public consultations. The exhibitions are being undertaken in conjunction with onsite investigations, testing and environmental studies as part of the application process for the required marine licences for works at the ports. They will allow local communities and other interested parties to comment on proposals and work at various stages of the process.