A man who lived on Skye as a young boy has returned after at least a 47 year long absence.

David Andrew Smith Patterson lived in Uig from 1936 to 1941 and this year, at age 87, he returned to his previous island home.

This marks the first time Mr Patterson has returned to Skye since 1970.  

His daughter, Shona Diggines, told The Skye Times: "My dad has been quite poorly for a while and this was on his bucket list to do.  On Thursday 18 May, he and my mum packed their little car and drove up from Norfolk."

Mr Patterson lived in the Post Office house in Uig, with his family renting the house and the Post Office renting one of the downstairs rooms.

Seven girls from SkyeDance were the first students on the Isle of Skye to sit the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Modern Theatre examination.

Megan MacIver, Kizzy MacLeod, Lexy-Anna MacLeod, Shannon MacLeod, Molly Jo Fox, Jessica Scott Moncrieff and Anna Taylor have been working towards the examination for the past year.

Meara O'Donnell-Webb, who recently gained her teacher status, told The Skye Times: "We had en examinar come up all the way from England.  It was a fun, exciting experience for all.

"They are the first group of students from the Isle of Skye to sit this exam on Skye.  This is a big achievement for a rural island and for SkyeDance to be able to offer these girls the opportunity to sit their dancing exams with such a highly recognised examination board.

"We have to wait about a month for the results, but it was such a positive experience for them all.

"SkyeDance will continue to offer ISTD modern theatre dance classes to young people across Skye as they are so beneficial to a young person's development and also great for those wanting to go off and pursue a career in dance."

An elderly casualty with a suspected fractured hip was assisted last night (Sunday 11 June.)

Kyle lifeboat launched at 7:40pm to assist the Scottish Ambulance service with the casualty. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7:50pm, where the Scottish Ambulance Service and Kyle Coastguard teams were already with the casualty. The 92 year old female had fallen in a house on the remote Fernaig shore, and due to the location, the closest the ambulance could get to the house was approximately 1 mile away.

The lifeboat put 2 crew members ashore to liaise with the paramedics and Coastguard teams, and it was decided that due to the choppy sea conditions along with the wet and cold weather and age of the casualty, it was best not to evacuate her by sea. Therefore, the casualty was loaded into the lifeboat stretcher before being slowly transported down the rough road in the back of a Coastguard off road vehicle.

The Isle of Skye Half Marathon took place on Saturday 10 June.

The full Fun Run results are as follows:

Oliver Spaeth from Germany came first in the Skye Half Marathon today (Saturday 10 June.)

In second place was Graham Bee from Inverness.

Taking third place was local runner, Hugh Campbell.  

The first female to cross the line was Iona Craft.  

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band was present, giving plenty of encouragement to the runners.  

Photograph from the Isle of Skye Half Marathon Facebook page.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sirens were sounding today (Saturday 10 June) - but only to entertain youngsters at the Broadford Gala.

The Gala, held at Broadford Village Hall, took place from 12pm to 4pm, with an evening dance to follow.

Bouncy castles and bubble football provided more entertainment for the crowds who attended.

A species of seaweed that occurs naturally in Japan and China has spread to Skye, according to a new report from the Scottish Natural Heritage.

The invasive species is called sargassum muticum, also known as wireweed.  It is thought to have arrived in UK waters in the 1960s and was first recorded in the UK in 1973.  The seaweed was first identified in Scottish waters in 2004.  

A Scottish Natural Heritage report says it can now be found from the Firth of Clyde to Skye.

The spread of sargassum muticum is described as the "most noticeable change" to be picked up in the new report detailing a survey of marine biodiversity and climate change.  It displaces native species through over-growing and starving them of sunlight.

At the declaration of Ross, Skye and Lochaber result Ian Blackford has been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency at the UK Parliamentary election on 8 June 2017.

The election count was held overnight at the Highland Football Academy, Victoria Park in Dingwall.

The results declared by Steve Barron, Returning Officer are:

The Portree VisitScotland iCentre has been open for nearly three weeks following its recent refurbishment.

The first VisitScotland iCentre to have been refurbished since the launch of the Spirit of Scotland campaign, Portree is leading the way in bringing #ScotSpirit to life for visitors. VisitScotland hope this refurbishment will increase the impact their iCentre has on the visitor economy, encouraging locals and visitors alike to stay longer and spend more on Skye, and across the Highlands.

The upgraded iCentre features free Wi-Fi, an upgrade of digital facilities, local and national wall maps and large scale wall graphics to ensure visitors receive an optimal experience, and the best information and inspiration.

In the first fortnight following the reopening, more than 11,000 visitors entered. Ticket sales have been up more than 7% and retail sales up 65% on the same period last year.

Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry provided a rescue for a fisherman.

The fisherman's boat sank between Skye and Canna.  The coastguard and RNLI were alerted.  The man was picked up by CalMac's MV Lord of the Isles.

Mallaig lifeboat was launched and investigated the area for possible pollution from the sinking of the fishing craft.