A series of meetings will be held to identify solutions to pressures caused by increased tourism on the Isle of Skye.

Constituency MSP Kate Forbes has organised the first meeting in June in a bid to gather expertise from across Scotland, as the first step in a process to make it easier for businesses and residents on the island to cope with growing numbers of visitors. 

The meeting will be held in Portree on Friday 9 June. 

It is hoped that the second of the series of discussions, which will review the summer's activities, will take place in September. 

Kate Forbes MSP explained: "As the summer heats up – and the sun actually shines – hotels have told me that they're already full. 

"This year is going to be just as busy, if not busier, than last year. 

Portree and Braes Community Trust are calling for votes to earn funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £28.5 million to more than 4,000 projects up and down the UK.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The Isle of Skye can be glimpsed in a newly-released trailer for film, Transformers: The Last Knight.

The film is set to be released in cinemas next month and stars Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock and Mark Wahlberg.  

Filming took place at the Quiraing and The Storr.  Lealt Quarry is also thought to have been used by the film crew, and a helicopter was seen flying over that location with a camera attached.

Car parks at the Quiraing were closed in August to allow for filming of Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in the film series about giant battling robots.

Arguably, the island gives a show-stealing performance with every film appearance, including The BFG, Prometheus and Macbeth.  Storr Lochs also provided a backdrop for Harry Styles' in a recent music video.  

 

 

An Open Day was held at Sleat with the purpose of providing information on the benefits of bilingualism.

The Gaelic Information Day and Fun Event was organised by Bun-sgoil Shlèite with support from the Highland Council Gaelic Team.

The Open Day, which was aimed at parents and guardians of 0-5 year old children, provided information on the support currently available to parents from Gaelic agencies.  Representatives from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Gaelic4Parents of Stòrlann were present and provided information on the resources that support Gaelic Medium Education.  

Parents had the opportunity to speak to Highland Council teachers of Bun-sgoil Shlèite about Gaelic Medium Education, as well as staff from local Gaelic Childcare Centre Fàs Mòr.

Kyle Lifeboat came to the aid of a capsized kayaker yesterday (Wednesday 17.)

Kyle Lifeboat was launched at 2:54pm at the request of the UK Coastguard after a member of a kayaking group capsized in rough weather and was trapped in the water approximately 1 mile west of the Skye bridge.

The lifeboat arrived on scene within 3 minutes, by which time a local fishing boat had arrived to offer assistance.

The lifeboat took the female casualty on board and assessed her condition, before transferring her to the waiting ambulance at the pontoons in Kyle.

A new document identifying a 20 year plan for potential future development across Wester Ross, Lochalsh, Skye and Lochaber areas has been published for consultation by Highland Council.  

The Proposed West Highland and Islands Local Development Plan, also known as WestPlan, was published on 5 May 2017 for an 8 week consultation.

The Plan shows where and when future development could happen and the Council wants anyone with an interest in the future of the area to have their say.  To raise awareness the Council has already written to all addresses within 30 metres of any specific sites identified in the plan as being suitable for future development.

Yesterday (Tuesday 16 May) saw the Isle of Skye Pipe band make their first public appearance this season.

The band appeared in Portree Square at 7:30pm to entertain.

The band are still looking to recruit a bass drummer for the upcoming season.

Two artists have been selected by ATLAS Arts and Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear) following an open call that saw over forty applications received from across the globe.

Sculptor, Henry Castle, and design collective, Lateral North, visited the Isle of Skye last week to embark on their research into the crofters' troubles in the Staffin area in the 1880s. At this time, crofters were locked in bitter disputes with landowners because of hefty rent increases, no security of tenure, reductions in their croft land and the threat of eviction.

This project, funded by Creative Scotland, aims to involve the community and the trust in an exploration of what a contemporary memorial that acknowledges the historically significant crofters' land struggle could be. Over the course of several days, the artists travelled the landscape, met Staffin residents and crofters, and studied documents held in the archive centre in Portree. Dugald Ross from Staffin Community Trust met with the artists and said: "Spending time with Henry and Tom gave us the opportunity to convey local images of 19th century crofters standing up against unscrupulous landlordism in north Skye and we look forward to seeing the outcome of their research into how the Land League Rebellion may be commemorated."

Skye Sailing Club was formally presented with the RYA Scotland Club of the Year award on Saturday May 13.

James Allen, RYA Scotland's Chief Executive Officer, attended the Skye Sailing Club's RYA Push the Boat Out open day to present the award to Commodore Hugh MacDonald.

During the Friday evening, James Allen delivered RYA Scotland's big plan for sailing nationally to current members and those from the past who came to reacquaint themselves with today's set up after having worked to form the Portree based facility of more recent years.

Pupils from Raasay Primary School recently undertook a "Week of Work."

The normal school timetable was cancelled and the pupils had the opportunity to attend workshops, covering a wide range of professions.

As part of the Developing Young Workforce Curriculum Programme, each pupil began the week by identifying skills they thought they had and areas they would like to develop.  

They then took part in workshops representing various career paths, including chef, paramedic, personal trainer, computer coding, receptionist, hairdresser, roofer, civil engineer, bricklayer, architect, crofter, silversmith, gardener, housekeeper, yoga tutor, dry stone waller and dental nurse.