A local organisation has received recognition for their work in cleaning up Skye.

I Love Skye has won the Clean Up Hero award for their community clear up effort with Skinadin lay-by.  

Judges from Keep Scotland Beautiful noted that they were impressed by the community spirit that removed an estimated 5 tonnes of rubbish from the site.

Formed by local businessman, Matt Harrison, the I Love Skye campaign is proactively keeping Skye clean.

The prize of £250 vouchers for clean-up equipment will be invaluable for the group.  

Above: the volunteers at Skinadin layby.

 

 Dogs, cattle, music, art - all of the above and more could be found at Dunvegan Show on Saturday 28 July.

The action-packed day had something for everyone, including archery, a spinning demonstration and lively music.

A highlight of the day was the many competitions, featuring artwork, photography and livestock to name just a few.

A draft Uig Development Brief has been launched by Highland Council.  

The consultation period will run for 8 weeks from now until 21 September 2018.

The Brief aims to provide a framework for physical development and transformation of the Uig Harbour area.  £30 million is expected to be invested by Transport Scotland in the Skye Triangle ferry service.  Improvements are expected to include a new ferry vessel and major upgrade of Uig Harbour.

Once approved in its final form, the Brief will provide a detailed planning policy framework which the Council will use to inform its decisions on any future planning applications.

Chair of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee, Cllr John Gordon said: "I’m pleased to see the development brief progress to the consultation stage as it will give the local community, businesses and other stakeholders an opportunity to influence the plan which will shape the future of the area for many years to come.

 

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the scope of a deposit return scheme, to boost recycling and cut plastic waste – with the proposal being that customers would pay a deposit when they purchase a product, which would be refunded when the item is recycled. The scheme already operates in many other parts of Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada.

Kate Forbes MSP has urged people to get involved and give their views on the proposed bottle deposit return scheme. Ms. Forbes said: “A deposit return scheme has huge potential to help us tackle the scourge of plastic litter and waste on our landscape."

Visitors and locals may need to plan their journeys carefully, as they won't be able to fill up in Broadford filling station.

The fuel service will be unavailable in Broadford for a minimum of 12 weeks as work is carried out.

Contractors will begin work on Tuesday 28 August.  It is expected that the fuel service will be restored after 12 weeks; however there is a contingency of a further two weeks, if required.  

 

 

Anyone travelling through the Stromeferry Bypass from 3 September until 24 November should plan for delays.

Highland Council say essential works will take place to the rock face to the west of the avalanche shelter, resulting in road closures and traffic management for up to 12 weeks.

From 3 September, the A890 will be closed overnight between the road closure gates at Ardnarff and west of Attadale.  The closure will take place from between 10pm and 7am.  The road will have traffic control in operation during the day between 7am and 10pm whilst a road to rail bypass road is installed. Highland Council say this is planned to be completed within two weeks, but could be finished sooner.

Events showing the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's new Emergency Towing Vehicle (ETV) are coming to the Highlands and Islands.

People had the chance to see the vessel at Ullapool during a local Rotary Club and RNLI Open Day.  Hundreds of people visited the harbour side for the event.

Russel Freeman from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: "The size of the vessel meant people really couldn’t miss it and it was really popular, with several hundred people coming onboard to have a look.

Police have praised the people of Skye for their support following the theft of a bicycle.

The Specialized Dolce Evo cycle belonged to visitor and was stolen in Broadford on Saturday 14 July.  Locals were swift to come to the visitor's aid.  

The bicycle and belongings were recovered and reunited with their owner the next day.  Police say a local man has been charged and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police stated: "The owner of the bicycle would like to convey her thanks to all who provided offers of support, food and travel whilst efforts were ongoing to recover her property. Special thanks to Love From Skye, Carters Cabin and Skye Jeep Tours. Yet again the people of Skye have done the area proud in the face of disappointing circumstances."

 

It was a record-breaking day at the David Shepherd Memorial Glamaig Hill Race yesterday (Saturday 7 July.)

The first man and lady, Finlay Wild and Jill Stephen, each set a new precedent as they crossed the finish line.

Finlay Wild completed the race with a time of 44 minutes 22 seconds, while Jill Stephen ran the race in 56 minutes and 9 seconds.

Broadford was filled with the sound of sirens - but it was only a demonstration from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service at Broadford Gala today (Saturday 23 June.)

Happy buntings lined the streets to celebrate the gala, which was held over two days.

The gala dance will be held later this evening.