An inspection was carried out at Scorrybreac on Tuesday 29 August.

The inspection followed the recent rock slide.  

A spokesperson told The Skye Times: "We found that the two very large rocks that worried about have now also fallen and and are now situated on the shoreline below where the path once was.

"This still leaves an area of overhanging turf on the ridge and also a large crack in the rock face where the boulders came loose.

"We would ask all members of the public to not go past the signs and fencing that now blocks the path, as the area is still very unstable.

"We expect a contractor to be back on site early next week.

"After this we’ll have an idea of timescale for making the area safe and reopening the path."

Police Scotland is appealing for information and offering security advice after a series of thefts in rural areas.

A number of garden tools were stolen after entry was forced to a shed in Morar some time between 11pm on Saturday, August 26 and 9.30am the following morning.

The equipment included a green and white petrol lawnmower, a yellow petrol chainsaw and a Stihl branded petrol strimmer.

Another separate incident occurred in the Lochinver area where entry was forced to a shed at a commercial property and a quantity of cash stolen.

Police have previously appealed for information after reports of thefts around the Wester Ross, Lochaber and Sutherland areas - including in Poolewe and Glenfinnan - and officers are encouraging residents and businesses to take steps to make sure their property is secure.

Sergeant Kay MacRae said: "I would like to take the opportunity to remind householders in rural areas to take precautions to make sure they do not become victims of crime.

"Isolated areas allow opportunistic thieves the opportunity to operate undisturbed so it is sensible to take steps to make sure your property is secured.

"Make sure you store your valuable items securely and out of sight from outside the building.

"It is also good practice to take a note of serial numbers or give your property a unique mark.

"If any doubt about suspicious activity, report it giving as much detail as possible to help us.

"Anyone with concerns or information information can contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Skye's stunt cyclist, Danny MacAskill, is set to feature in a show that celebrates Celtic Connections' 25th anniversary.

The production, set to be staged at The SSE Hydro on Saturday 27 January 2018, will feature the world premiere of the orchestration of Martyn Bennett’s second album Bothy Culture by violinist and composer Greg Lawson.  

It will include a section featuring professional street trials rider Danny MacAskill as inspired by his short film The Ridge, in which he returns home to Skye for an action packed ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridge, set to the soundtrack of Martyn Bennett’s Blackbird. 

The GRIT Orchestra performed one of the most memorable and moving opening nights of Celtic Connections’ entire 25 year history when they performed GRIT, Martyn Bennett’s final album, in 2015 to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Tickets for the GRIT Orchestra's performance of Bothy Culture will go on sale on Thursday 31 August at 10:00.

The full programme for Celtic Connections 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 24 October.

Essential repairs at Lochmaddy will result in amendments to the Uig to Lochmaddy ferry services.

Repairst to the linkspan at North Uist will result in changes from Monday 13 November to Saturday 18 November.

The work requires the port to be closed.  This may also affect the sailings between Uig and Tarbert.

An amended timetable will follow and sailings will be operated between Lochboisdale and Uig.  

By carrying out the work at that time the company hope to minimise disruption to passengers and commercial users.

Further information can be found here.

 

Ward 7A at Raigmore Hospital remains closed due to diarrhoea and vomiting. The ward, which is a medical ward, was closed on Wednesday 23 August after two patients displayed symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting. 

Testing has confirmed norovirus and a further two patients are affected bringing the total to four.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, spreads in the air where someone has had diarrhoea or vomited and is extremely infectious. It is important that everyone plays their part in reducing outbreak risks.

Dr Jonty Mills, consultant microbiologist for NHS Highland, said: “By restricting visiting to the affected area it helps hospital staff protect the health, privacy and dignity of our patients.

“We would stress that people do not come to the hospital/s to visit if they have, or live with someone who has, had any vomiting or diarrhoea within the previous 48hrs. To further help us limit the spread we would also ask that bringing children in to visit wards within the hospital is restricted as much as possible.”

If you feel that visiting is essential please contact the ward first by phone before coming to the hospital. Please do not visit the affected ward unless by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge. 

Motorists are being advised that repairs are being made to the A832 throughout this week - estimated until Friday 1 September (weather permitting).

Following flooding over the weekend which started on Friday 25 August the A832 was closed just west (2.6 miles) of Gorstan junction between Corriemoille and Lochluichart. The road was closed from 18:30 on Friday 25 August until 12:06 on Saturday 26 August.

Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue staff assisted Highland Council with a temporary road closure, as a 20m section of road had been washed away. A further mile up the road a landslip resulted in tonne’s of debris being washed onto a 70m section of the road and estate land below; the road was impassable.

Police Scotland assisted with the road closure at the Gorstan junction turning traffic away, and road closure signs were put in place to prevent further traffic from the Gorstan end,  Highland Council staff erected diversion and road closure signage at Gairloch, Kinlochewe, Achnasheen roundabout and Braemore Junction.

A 20m section of double track road has been damaged at Corriemoille and 70 m at Lochluichart. Both sections require some resurfacing after the clear up. The road repairs are estimated to take around one week including repairs to culverts.

The first section was made safe on Saturday and should be complete by Tuesday afternoon. Traffic Lights are currently in operation at this site and should be operational until Wednesday morning. The second section nearer Lochluichart will begin on Wednesday and should be completed by Friday (resources and weather permitting).

Ten Highland Council staff were involved in the road closure incident at the weekend.

Skye Mountain Rescue team was involved in two rescues within three days.

Saturday 26 August saw the team come to the assistance of a walker in Glenbrittle, who had suffered a leg injury.

On the evening of Monday 28 August, the team rescued a female who was cragfast on Marsco.   

Glendale Community Hall will be "out of action for quite a while," according to the committee.

A spokesperson told The Skye TImes: "We have been advised that the hall will be out of action for quite a while due to the extensive damage."  

The Hall suffered damage during the recent floods earlier this month.

The Craft Market in the Hall has been suspended until further notice.  However, some craft stall holders may take to the car park with the Farmer's Market stalls.  There will also be a Refreshment Stall in the grounds.  However, there will be no access to the toilets in the Hall.

Further details can be found on the Hall's Facebook page.

Plans for two overspill car parks at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness have been put on hold.

NHS Highland cite financial pressure across the organisation as the reason for the hold.

Planning permission has already been granted for the two areas identified but with no available funding this year the work will have to be revisited in the next financial year.

Katherine Sutton, deputy director of operations for Raigmore Hospital, expressed regret that the work will not be happening in the near future as intended.  She said: “We know the car park at Raigmore is not big enough for the amount of traffic that comes onto site each week and we are disappointed that we will not be able to take forward this piece of work this year.

“I have personally heard about the extra stress that is placed upon patients and visitors when they are trying to find a space and I am sorry that we are not able to take this forward but given the current financial climate it is just not possible. We will continue to manage car parking on the site as best as we can.

“Part of this work includes what is already happening in outpatients which involves patients having appointments via video conferencing or using tele-consultation. By doing this it is hoped the number of people having to travel some distance for an outpatient appointment will reduce.

“We would also like to remind people that the car park is only to be used by those who have business at the hospital. We do monitor the site where possible but would ask that if anyone witnesses abuse of the car park they alert our security staff so we can take appropriate action.”

"Celebrate Glendale" events were brought to a close on Saturday 19 August with the "Festival of the Sea."

The festival included the Glendale Fishing competition and a Sea Food BBQ.

Conditions were worse than expected for the fishing competition with only the hardiest of anglers tempted to compete for the variety of trophies on offer.

Ronnie Macleod offered hospitality and shelter in the historic and atmospheric Pier Store where the weigh in took place. It was no surprise that the winners were two local father and son teams who split the prizes between shore and boat.