The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs has accepted an invitation from constituency MSP Kate Forbes to visit the Isle of Skye. 

It is hoped that Fiona Hyslop will address a gathering of community representatives, local businesses and public bodies at the second of a series of meetings organised by Kate Forbes MSP. A date has yet to be finalised, but will be announced in due course.

These meetings are part an ongoing process led by Ms Forbes to identify and find solutions to the pressures on Skye caused by increases in tourism on the island. 

A key staff appointment has been made by a north Skye community organisation as it prepares to deliver a major heritage project.

Angus Murray is the new programme manager for the Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) Skye Ecomuseum II. 

Angus, who previously worked for Museum and Tasglann nan Eilean in the Western Isles, will manage a wide-ranging activities programme for the project. It includes a new curriculum resource to be developed for Skye primary schools, children’s craft and storytelling events, health walks for older residents, archaeology/wildlife events/workshops, a local history society, a walking festival, business forum, guided walks and tours, etc

The Isle of Raasay is set to have its first legal whisky distiller.

Iain Robertson has been appointed distiller of R&B Distillers' Raasay Distillery.

He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University's Brewing and Distilling School in Edinburgh.

The new distillery is to due to open in September.

Drivers are being advised that temporary traffic lights are in place on a section of the A890 Stromeferry Bypass.

The Highland Council has appointed Geo-Rope Ltd to carry out vegetation removal, scaling and rock slope stabilisation measures to the roadside slopes on a section of the A890 road between Ardnaff and Attadale in Wester Ross.

To ensure the safety of road users, and the contractors undertaking the work, temporary traffic lights have been installed on this section of road.  The works began yesterday (Monday 10 July) and are expected to last for 8 weeks.

Anyone using this road is advised that no road closures are expected but the temporary traffic lights will remain until all works are completed. Supervising staff from The Highland Council will be on site during the works.

 

Planning is already underway for the Highland Archaeology Festival, the huge celebration of Highland heritage which takes place in October, organised by The Highland Council. New this year is a chance to capture a bit of Highland Heritage in the HAF2017 photographic competition.

The competition invites people to submit one or two pictures which celebrate Highland archaeology, history or heritage.  Highland Council Archaeologist Kirsty Cameron explains: “It could be a monument in the landscape, a building, an object in a museum or people enjoying our varied heritage – there’s so much to choose from. We’ve kept it simple, with entries invited from under 16s and over 16s.”

Prizes for the under 16s are courtesy of DigIt! 2017– chocolate brochs for the first 50 entries, and T-shirts and broch lego kits for the top 7 entries. For adults, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland have each donated a year’s membership and we are offering free entry to the Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research conference in October.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 15 August to allow the shortlisted entries to be displayed during Highland Archaeology Festival which runs from 30 September to 15 October. Winners will be announced at the conference on Sunday 15 October in Inverness.

During the Festival organisations, museums and individuals have offered over 100 events and exhibitions throughout the Highlands, as well as a museum trail and new for 2017, a geocache trail. Details are already posted on the HAF website www.highlandarchaeologyfestival.org, and a printed brochure will be available at libraries, service points, tourist information points and other venues from early September.

Further details and the entry forms for the photographic competition are available on the HAF website www.highlandarchaeologyfestival.org. Highland Archaeology Festival is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

A bed and breakfast establishment on Skye is a finalist in an annual competition to decide the UK's best "Window with a View."

Bars, pubs and hotels from across the country have been selected from hundreds of entries for 11 different regions in the contest run by MyGlazing.com, a consumer advice website that offers support to homeowners looking to invest in glazing.

Bartenders were recently challenged to come up with an original serve championing island malt, Talisker.

Launched as part of its wider Made by the Sea campaign, the regional heats in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bournemouth, Bristol and London, assessed by Diageo Reserve judges David Sinclair, Ali Reynolds and Ervin Trykowski, produced the six finalists.

The group heading to the Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye for the grand final are Rebecca Bevvy from The Laundrette Group in Manchester (pictured); Dave Ali from The Finneston, Glasgow; Andrew Lennie from The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh; Daniel Bovey from Be at One, Bristol; Mike Pendergast from East London Liquor Company, London; and Charles Roche from Scout, London.

The final will take place in August, with the winner awarded the title of Talisker ambassador and receive a PR campaign to raise their profile in the sector. The paid role will see them communicate the Made by the Sea campaign through social media and events.

100 installations are set to be installed in various places around Britain's coast.

42 of those installations are intended for the Scottish coastline, with two hoped to be located on the Isle of Skye.

Called Daymarks, the UK charity, Tour de Coast, is aiming to connect the UK coastline together through the installations.  

Although the project is still in the early stages, a prototype has been made and potential locations pinpointed - but the team behind the project are keen to hear community feedback.

Marcial Boo, chair of Tour de Coast, told The Skye Times: "We're now in the process of agreeing the exact locations of the Daymarks around the country, and raising the £5,000 to manufacture each Daymark plus the costs of transporting it from Surrey where the blacksmith's forge is located and installing it on site.

"We want to agree the precise locations with local communities.

"We hope to have two Daymarks in Skye, at places where perhaps you would like to 'spread' visitors to - so we thought of suggesting one around Loch Harport and another near Uig, and not have one in Portree for example.

Finlay Wild retained his status as winner of the Glamaig Hill Race as he ran to victory with a time of 46 minutes 18 seconds. 

He was followed by Richard Macleod with a time of 57 minutes 15 seconds.  Alex Scandolera took third place in 58 minutes and 22 seconds.

The first female across the line was Diana MacDonald with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 34 seconds.  

The full race results can be viewed here.

Young carers in the Highlands are encouraged to have their say in a survey.

Young people aged 14-24 who are carrying out a caring or support role for a family member are encouraged to make their voices heard.  

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who cares for a member of their family. A young adult carer is a young person aged 18-24 who cares for a member of their family.

The information in this survey will be stored securely and will be seen by decision makers at Highland Council and other relevant agencies. 

The survey and more information can be found here.