The Isle of Skye Pipe Band took home silverware after coming in fourth place at the European Pipe Band Championships.

The Skye pipers were competing in Forres at Grade Four of the Championships.

Under the leadership of Pipe Major, Alan Mackenzie, they came fourth out of 24 bands.


A new Skye tour is combining the beauty of the scenery with the thrill of a scavenger hunt.

The new business, named I Love Skye, is founded by Matt Harrison and Vanessa Lopez.  Matt told The Skye Times: "I came up with this, as well as a few other ideas we have in the pipeline.  I went to Vanessa, as I knew she was in web design."  Over coffee, it was revealed that Vanessa had had a similar idea to Matt's.  

Said Matt: "We get on really well and have skills which complement each other, so we decided to work on it together!"

The Skye Scavenger Hunt self-guide tour involves finding the clues and solving puzzles while travelling through Skye and Lochalsh.

The initiative aims to provide users with tips and information, while giving an exciting twist to their island visit.  

Scavenger hunters are encouraged to like, share and check in with social media as they work their way around the island and have the chance to win prizes.



A disturbance was reported in Portree yesterday (Friday 23 June.)

The disturbance took place in a residential area in Portree at around 7:45pm.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers.

A project is underway to increase the electrical capacity in Skye and enable renewable energy.

The Fort Augustus - Skye Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission project will see a new line added to the existing 132kV overhead line which connects Fort Augustus and Skye.

The main elements of the project are as follows:

•Construction of an additional, new 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole from the existing Fort Augustus substation to the existing Broadford substation;

•Construction of a replacement, higher capacity, 132kV overhead line using a double trident H wood pole between the existing Broadford substation and the existing Edinbane substation;

•Installation of additional equipment and minor works on the 33kV network at the existing Broadford substation; and

•Installation of additional equipment and minor works at the existing Edinbane substation.

•Dismantle and remove the existing 132kV overhead line connecting Broadford and Edinbane substations.

The Fairy Pools was selected as the best picnic location in Scotland.

National Picnic Week has chosen the Top Picnic Spot and A Runner Up in every region in the UK.  The Fairy Pools was declared as the Scottish winner.   They stated that it was chosen for its "breath-taking, fantastical views."

The Fairy Pools regularly attracts thousands of visitors, including those seeking wild swimming opportunities.  

Jubilee Gardens in Beer, Devon was selected as the National Picnic Week’s Top Picnic Spot of 2017.

For more information and a list of other winners, visit the National Picnic Week website here.  


Locally grown barley could be used to make R&B Distillers' whisky, if growing trials are successful on the Isle of Raasay.

R&B Distillers began to trial barley growing on the island in April 2017, using five different barleys.  

The variety that thrives best could be used for making R&B Distillers' whisky.  

The advice of locals, including Andrew Gillies, John Gillies and Alasdair MacAskill, has been vital.  Orkney-based Dr Peter Martin of the University of the Highlands and Islands' Agronomy Institute also shared his knowledge.  

Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the lead organisation responsible for the promotion of Gaelic in Scotland, has announced the appointment of two new members of staff in their Inverness and Fort William offices.

Tasha Madigan is from Uig on the Isle of Skye and after learning Gaelic at Portree High School, and graduating in Gaelic and History at the University of Aberdeen, Tasha recently completed a Gaelic and Communications course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Tasha will be based in Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Fort William office working as an Early Years Officer.

Portree is Scotland's most searched for local destination, according to an online comparison website.

Hundredrooms, founded in early 2014, allows consumers to check and compare property prices on leading holiday rental websites.  

Users from the areas of Spain, Italy, France, Germany and areas in the UK have been searching for Portree for their summer holidays.  

According to search analysis, Portree is the most searched for local location in Scotland, followed by Elie, Melrose, Pitlochry, North Berwick, Oban and South Queensferry.

A man has died after becoming unwell on a walk to MacLeod's Maidens

The 62-year-old man took ill at Idrigill Point by Bracadale on Tuesday 20 June.  

The alarm was raised by another walker at around 3pm.

The man was airlifted by the Stornoway Coastguard search and rescue helicopter to Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital at Broadford on Skye

Police Scotland confirmed that he had died.

Skye politicians have pledged to work together to try and secure a new building for the ailing Broadford Primary. 

Yesterday (Wednesday 21 June) Highland Council's new People's Committee – which includes education as part of its remit – rubber-stamped £350,000 funding for the new modular classrooms which are replacing the old and leaking portakabins.

The modular classrooms are now in place, and it is hoped that pupils and teachers will be able to use them before the summer break. 

However, concerns remain over the overall poor condition of the main building – which has damp problems stemming from its flat roof, the poor fabric of the building, peeling décor and inadequate toilet facilities.