An alleged robbery took place in Portree today (Sunday 2 July).

The incident took place at Marmalade Hotel on Home Farm Road at around 4.50am.  A low three figure sum of cash was stolen, and subsequently discovered.

A 25 year-old man has been detained in relation to the incident.

 

 

An art exhibition in Portree will help raise money for Scottish Autism.  

The local Skyeworks Gallery in Portree is organising the 'Time and Tide' Charity Exhibition, for which artists are being asked to enter their pieces to go on sale from 29 July.  All artwork will be priced at £85, with £25 of the sale price being donated to Scottish Autism.  

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects the way a person communicates, interacts and processes information.

Liza Hawthorne, owner of the Skyeworks Gallery, said: "I would love to raise as much money as possible for Scottish Autism because I know how much this charity does for individuals and families around Scotland affected by the condition.  Hopefully as many artists as possible will put their work into the exhibition: we are aiming to hang at least 100 canvases.  It's incredibly exciting - a real opportunity for the community to see and buy fantastic work at affordable prices AND raise money for a great cause!"

Liza continued: "'Time and Tide' is open to all entries and is anonymous (artwork should not be signed on the front), which gives a wonderful opportunity for artists to be creative and experimental!  We have a mix of highly acclaimed and unknown artists entering work. All art obviously takes skill and time, and to recognise this all work will receive a set remuneration of £50 if it sells."  

Artists can enter their work to the gallery up to the 28 July.

Karen Wilson, Fundraising Manager at Scottish Autism, said: "We love the idea that artists can enjoy exploring their talent, yet also help raise money for Scottish Autism and its many support services across Scotland.  We are enormously grateful to Skyeworks for choosing to support us, and would encourage as many artists and members of the public as possible to get involved too!"

Police have appealed for information concerned a car vandalised in Portree.

A grey Mazda was vandalised early this morning (Saturday 1 July.)

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or contact PC Ferguson at Portree police station.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, 29th June, the Portree Lifeboat made the passage to Gairloch to meet the Primary 1-3 and Gaelic Primary 1-4 pupils from Gairloch Primary School.

They recently held a sponsored sand castle build and raised a tremendous amount of money which was divided between Portree RNLI, the Coastguard and Gairloch Primary School. The children presented the Lifeboat crew with a cheque and enjoyed the chance to look around RNLI 'Stanley Watson Barker'.

 

A Broadford lecturer has received recognition for her work with the UHI.

Heather McNeill received "Best Academic Support" for her work as a lecturer on the NC Crofting and Countryside Skills with the West Highland College UHI.

The University of the Highlands and Islands was one of the first UK institutions to introduce student-led teaching awards. The initiative from the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA), now in its eighth year, recognises excellence in 14 categories, with winners coming from around the university partnership.

This year, six of the UHI staff have been commended or highly commended in various categories by students.

Heather was nominated by one of her students who commented “having been accepted onto my course with no confidence in myself, the encouragement I got was fantastic.  Heather made me see myself in a new way as a good person, I can’t explain just how much her chats meant to me and the good they did.  I went on to win “Further Education Student of the Year” and with her support have now passed my HNC Horticulture. Basically, with her encouragement I have achieved more than I ever thought possible – I’m even in the process of starting up my own business.”

Heather herself commented: “It is so rewarding to be appreciated by a student in this way, and it has been a real pleasure to watch Craig make such progress over the past two years."

Raasay Primary School are looking for images of the island to be included in their school calendar.  

Photographs depicting the island throughout the seasons are very welcome.  Submissions will be credited to the photographer.

If anyone is interested in donating a photograph, they are invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A man who was missing from Stornoway has been traced.

Police on Skye were urgently seeking to locate 35 year-old Robert Burns Mason.

Mr Mason had last been seen in the Cearns area of Stornoway 9pm on Monday the 26th of June 2017.

Police were increasingly concerned for his welfare.  

Today (Thursday 29 June), it was reported that Robert Mason has been traced safe and well.

Professional artists will be working with four shinty clubs to create a series of original prints as a future legacy for the clubs.

The project, entitled Throw Up 20.18, is funded by Highland Culture Strategic Board’s ‘Highland Culture: Take Pride, Take Part’ programme.

The chosen clubs are Skye, Beauly, Fort William and Newtonmore.  

Artist, John McNaught will collaborate with Skye. He grew up on the island and in 2014 was commissioned to take a series of black and white photographs of the Camanachd Cup Final.

Skye Camanachd, Chairman, Douglas MacDougall said: “This year is a significant milestone in the history of Skye Camanachd where we celebrate our 125th anniversary. To be involved in this innovative visual project with the Highland Print Studio which further promotes shinty whilst recognising our island culture and heritage is quite appropriate and welcomed by the club and our supporters.”

The artists will spend time with their assigned club over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, actively engaging with the club and its wider shinty community. They will research the club’s history, with the help of the fans and the players, and gain an insight into the game, its culture and the volunteers who commit their time and energy to their club.

The artwork will be exhibited at the Camanachd Cup 2018 final, shinty’s showcase event. It will then be exhibited at the International 2018 before going on tour.

 

 

Can you help to reunite this couple with their camera?

The camera was discovered by the Glenfinnan Viaduct.  

The gallery contains photographs of a couple on the Isle of Skye on 26 June 2017.

The camera has been taken to Fort William police station. 

 

A new grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will enable the go ahead for a local project.

Cleas, a charity that engages in cultural, arts and history projects, has received a HLF Stories, Stones and Bones grant of £4920.  

This project will run in Portree, Staffin and Kilmuir Primary Schools and be led by Cleas in collaboration with Cànan Graphics Studio.  

The funding will help to engage local children and historians from north east Skye with specialists, writers, artists and poets to reinvigorate local culture and heritage along with the world class archaeology of the area. This project is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.