The 20th Hebridean Celtic Festival was launched with a special thank-you event in the Woodland Centre - right adjacent to the festival field on the Castle Green.
The centre was packed with supporters, sponsors and organisers – past and present – to recognise the progress of the event from its tiny beginnings in 1996.

Western Isles Island Games team are all systems go today (Monday July 8th), beginning a second day of intense competition at the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar.

There have already been successes both in the pool and on the badminton court today. 14-year-old Beth Macphail (pictured) has won the Western Isles’ first ever badminton singles victory 21-11 against Ynys Mon, and Kara Hanlon placed first in her first outing of the games, the preliminary round of the women’s 50m breaststroke.

The Salvation Army in Stornoway issued an urgent doorstep scam warning on Tuesday July 10th, after reports that people are going door-to-door in the Stornoway area claiming to represent the charity and asking for credit or debit card details to set up regular donations.

And members of the public reported that there were two people on Monday around Maclean Terrace, Stornoway and in Parkend with red tabards but it was for the Red Cross that they were claiming to be collecting.  They were wanting bank details for direct debit payments to help elderly people in Stornoway who can't get out and about.

However, legitimate charity collectors currently working in Lewis should not be confused with potential doorstep scams, say the Comhairle’s licensing department.

A complex operation to put a new water treatment plant in place will close part of the road to Huisinis in North Harris next Tuesday morning (July 16th).

Scottish Water are installing a new Transportable Treatment Unit (TTU) at Bedersaig water treatment works, using sea-going transport as well as large road vehicles.

Project manager Kathy Auld says the TTU itself simply looks like ‘a big green shed’ and has been planned in conjunction with land owners the North Harris Trust as part of a £4.5 million investment by Scottish Water to provide a single, improved water supply for Gobhaig and Huisinis. Planning consent for the development was granted by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in February this year, with work beginning on site soon after. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has called for the resignation of the convener of the Crofting Commission following revelations of the Commission having taken action on grazing committees against legal advice.

"It is clearly time for Kennedy to go,” said Fiona Mandeville who chairs the SCF. "We've asked many times for an explanation but to no avail. Documents obtained through Freedom of Information are unequivocal; the board of the Crofting Commission, headed by Colin Kennedy, chose to ignore policy and legal advice and proceeded to impose, what lawyers are saying are illegal, constables upon grazing shareholders whose committees the Commission had removed from office. So much anguish has been caused by this whole debacle and now, as suspected, we can clearly see that Kennedy led the Commission down this destructive route.

Eligible families in the Western Isles will receive an extra £10 a week for every child under 16.

The new social benefit is designed to help lift children across Scotland out of poverty and it is hoped this will be in place by the end of 2022.

Low income families with children under the age of six will be fast-tracked to receive the benefit in early 2021.

Three Coastguard Rescue Teams were called into action at 10pm on Friday (July 12th) after reports of a person missing on Conostrom Hill in Uig.  Breasclete, Miavaig and Stornoway CRTs responded to the call from the Stornoway Coastguard operations centre, but were almost immediately stood down when the casualty was located safe and well.  Teams were off-duty once again by 10.24pm.

 

The second book in Peter May's Lewis Trilogy, "The Lewis Man" has been named as one of six books on the shortlist for the 2015 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel in the USA.

All members of Mystery Readers International and readers of Mystery Readers Journal are entitled to vote.

The winner will be announced at the Bouchercon International Crime Writing Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina in October 2015.

The BBC’s flagship programme, The One Show, is coming to the Hebrides next week as part of a unique partnership with Scotland’s Gaelic Media Service (Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig), MG ALBA.  

  • Two-night special with Alex Jones and Matt Baker will come from Harris, then Lewis
  • Programmes will feature a range of content about life in the Western Isles
  • Project only possible because of unique partnership delivered with MG ALBA
  • Face of BBC ALBA, Fiona MacKenzie to join the One Show team as a presenter
  • The team will look at the impact of the Castaway TV programme on the Isle of Harris

‘The Flesherin Bard’ Willie John Campbell is having a book of his work published by Stornoway-based Acair.

The company says it “is delighted to publish 'Bàrdachd Uilleam Iain Caimbeul / Poems of Willie John Campbell (Willie Teddy)'.  This bilingual book compiles many of Willie Teddy's most-loved poems, and touches upon a wide variety of subjects.

The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership has been consulting with communities throughout the Outer Hebrides during the spring looking at feedback to inform the priorities it will focus on trying to improve over the next few years.

As well as the online survey, the group met with residents in two locality areas to look at the information from the survey in more detail.

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has hit back at a claim that Scottish island flights could be axed under Liberal Democrat proposals to tackle climate change.

Yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) he defended comments from one of two contenders in the Lib Dem leadership race, Sir Ed Davey, who had called for a ban on domestic flights within the UK in a bid to reduce environmental damage.

Fans late to book air tickets for the last ever gigs by Runrig will have to look for other options, according to Loganair.

Air tickets to reach the mainland cfrom Stornoway for the weekend of August 17th and 18th are almost completely sold out, and Loganair say there will be no more services laid on once they are gone.

Western Isles fans plan to travel in force to the mainland for the Last Dance, billed as the final concert ever by the Gaelic supergroup. The two farewell concerts at Stirling’s City Park sold out within minutes of going on sale.

The Big Minch Swim team has attracted high profile support today (Friday July 6th) ahead of their departure in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Swimmers Colin Macleod of Stornoway, pictured above, and Norman Todd of Ullapool will leave Lemreway in Lochs at 4.30am, heading for Rubha Reid in Gairloch, 24 miles away across open sea. No-one has ever completed a solo swim across the North Minch, so if any or all of the team succeed they will be setting a new record.

They’ll be joined by a late addition to the team, marathon swimmer Colleen Blair, Scotland's most accomplished marathon swimmer and one of the greatest Scottish athletes of her generation.

There's a passport missing in Stornoway…and the holder needs it for travel on Monday!

This is the plea this morning (Friday July 27th) from the Francis Street Post Office.

Angus Macleod, chair of the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association, pictured outside Ospadal nan Eilean in Stornoway, where the renal unit is located

The mum of one young kidney transplant patient in Lewis is organising a fun day so that children and families affected by renal problems can get together and give each other support. 

The event, being planned for September in Stornoway, is being made possible by community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust, who have donated £1,000 to the Western Isles Kidney Patients Association to help towards the costs.

It should be good fun for the young kidney patients, as well as an informal occasion for their families to get to know each other and share experiences.

Drugs with a combined street-value of almost £100,000 were removed from communities in the Highlands & Islands during June.

Police Scotland officers have been carrying out targeted enforcement under Operation Ram resulting in seizures of Class A drugs worth approximately £36,500 and Class B drugs valued at around £56,700 being taken off the streets.

In addition to the drugs seizures - worth in excess of £93,000 - sums of cash totalling approximately £25,500 have also been seized.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed an announcement of a £16.8m investment by the Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ in two new BAE Systems tracking radars, to be installed on St Kilda, and the upgrade of two existing radars at MOD Hebrides in Uist. They will be in use by 2020.

Chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee, Councillor Donald Crichton, said: “This is excellent news for Uist and for the Outer Hebrides.

"This investment demonstrates a commitment to the Base and the employment that it provides and to a secure future.  I would hope this upgrading of equipment will make Hebrides Range even more competitive and will pave the way for future development. 

Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for Government cash for life-saving equipment.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) yesterday (July 4) as part of Maritime Safety Week and to launch this year’s £1million Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

The fund is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.

Thanks…members of the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group at Islander Shellfish today (Friday)

More than £2,500 has been raised for the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group by a raffle supported by Stornoway Fishermen and Fish Merchants organized through Islander Shellfish on Cromwell Street Quay.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust have given £2,500 to Advocacy Western Isles — completing a package of support for some of the most vulnerable people in island society.

The money is the first half of an annual commitment of £5,000 to Advocacy and will enable the service to increase the hours of its workers across the islands to help meet demand.

Ernie Garden, chairman of Advocacy Western Isles, said the increased hours would mainly go towards helping people with mental health issues and the elderly. He said: “It will enable us to expand the service. The need is there and we would like to meet the need.”

Pictured is Moira MacAulay and her colleagues at the Health board offices presenting a cheque for £210 to Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris Service Manager Marion MacInnes.  Moira said 'Following on from National Dementia Awareness week staff dressed in purple and we held a raffle'.  Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris would like to say a big thank you to the health board office staff for their support and to Moira for arranging the event as well as displaying information to support people with dementia and their families.

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Action shots from the Point FC’s summer football school, Donald John MacSween with prize winners Alexander Macdonald, Samuel Maclennan,  and Daniel Macleod.   All pictures by Sandie Maciver at SandiePhotos photography. 

The Point FC summer football school was held at Ionad Stoodie on Thursday and Friday afternoon last week (July 19 and 20) and was open to youngsters from across Lewis – and further afield too – although the majority came from the Point area.

It was open to boys and girls from primary two to S2, with priority given to the juniors who play on a Thursday night at the Point Astroturf pitch.

A total of 65 youngsters took part this year – an increase on last year, when they had between 40 and 50 – and prizes were given for the best players, although everyone got a T-shirt and a water bottle at the end as a memento, plus a certificate for taking part. 

A team of hardy walkers trekked from Dusk2Dawn on the Isle of Lewis to complete an epic 50k challenge.
The event in aid of The Leanne Fund was a great success raising more than £4,000 to support those with Cystic Fibrosis across the Highlands and Islands and Grampian.
A total of 60 walkers left Perceval Square in the centre of Stornoway at 8pm on Friday and followed trails around Lews Castle Grounds assisted by local TA volunteers.  They then took in a loop of Newvalley, Benside and Bakers Road before heading out to Point, taking in a loop of Bayble, then Knock and returning to Stornoway to complete the walk.

Over the next three years, the land adjacent to Goathill Farm on the edge of Stornoway and Broadbay will be transformed providing a new care facility for the Isle of Lewis and more affordable homes - and above is a vision of what the view will be from Perceval Road by late 2022.

The development includes a 52-bed care home, 50 extra-care units, and 74 houses (58 for rent and 16 for purchase through the shared equity scheme) and is due for completion by autumn 2022.

A total of 18 drivers will be reported for offences relating to driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Highlands and Islands during a recent safety campaign.

Detections were made across the region during the national summer initiative, which ran from Friday, June 29 until Friday, July 13.

During the weekend immediately after this - from Saturday, July 14 until early hours of Monday, July 16 - a further six drivers were stopped with reports to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink or drug driving.

Tape recordings of the New Testament read 30 years ago in Gaelic are to be digitised and preserved for all time.

The recordings, made by members of the congregation of Knock Free Church, now merged with Garrabost Free Church, in the late 1980s. There were 40 sets of 17 tapes and they will be made widely available – online and hopefully in CD format – once the digitisation and restoration is complete.

Point and Sandwick Trust donated the remaining £1,800 needed for the project, which has been organised by David Murray, the session clerk to Garrabost Free Church.

Point and Sandwick Trust are to be the main sponsors of the community’s hugely popular Point Agricultural Show for the next five years.

The charity behind the Beinn Ghrideag community windfarm on the outskirts of Stornoway are backing the Point Show with £500 every year — money which organisers say will enable them to “plan effectively for the foreseeable future”.

The show, held for the first time in 2003, attracts a couple of thousand visitors and is the biggest community event in Point, with visitors also coming from far and wide.

Marshals are required for the Stornoway Lifeboat station 5k on Saturday.

Organisers say: "If you are unable to take part in the Stornoway Lifeboat station 5k but would still like to support this local organisation, we are looking for marshals."

So if you are able to marshal please can you let Steven Munro know  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
Otherwise, please support your local Lifeboat Station Open day is Saturday 18th July. 

As part of the open day there is the 5k walk/run starting at 11am at the life boat station. To take part in this event just turn any time after 10am to register, if you would like an entry form please email Steven. 
 
There will be a medal for all junior finishers, and also be a prize for the group/organisation/work department that enters the most participants.
 
Please come along and support your local Lifeboat Station!

 

 

 

The Postman’s Walk must have been a lonely walk for postmen like Kenny Mackay, the former Rhenigidale Postman. 

But on the 29th June 81 people did the same walk together in aid of Cancer Research in an event organised by the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.

International artists from the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival will take part in BBC Radio nan Gaidheal's free shows in Stornoway Town Hall on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July. The events will be presented by Emma Lamont and will be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal this week.

On Thursday, from 2pm-4pm, the show will feature Canadian trio Vishtèn; Glasgow-based trad band TRIP; Scots fiddler and American cellist duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas; as well as performers from Blasta, which brings together a group of multi-talented Gaelic singers - Anna Murray, Mischa Macpherson, Ceitlin Smith, Josie Duncan and Calum Alex Macmillan.

On Friday, from 3pm-5pm, performances will come from Kinnaris Quintet; Lewis singer songwriter Iain Morrison; Yves Lambert Trio, from Quebec; and London-based Pilgrim's Dream, the project of former Royal Marines Commando Rob Ouseley.

BBC Radio nan Gàidheal music producer John Murray said: "We are keen to welcome folk along to enjoy the programme and the music.  It's free entry and a great chance to hear an intimate performance from some fabulous singers and players."

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: "Radio nan Gaidheal is a great supporter of HebCelt and these free, live shows give people in Stornoway and those listening on the radio a real taste of the festival."

 

The Scottish ballet are celebrating 50 years of inspiring audiences on and off stage, sharing their passion for creating exceptional dance. As part of this celebration they are bringing Wee Hansel and Gretel to Stornoway - A wee version of a big ballet. The show will be on twice a day at 11am and 1.30pm on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July in An Lanntair.

The Scottish Ballet said: '2019 is our 50th anniversary, and we want you to be a part of it.  

A 49-year-old man spent the night in police custody at the weekend, after being arrested in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 15th).

He was charged with abusive and threatening behaviour, and was kept in custody until sober, when he was released. He’s been reported to the Procurator Fiscal over the incident.

To raise visitor awareness, the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership in association with Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland are jointly campaigning to advise overseas drivers and motorcyclists on the correct use of ‘Single Track Roads’  to ‘Drive on the Left’ at all times and to be especially mindful of the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists.

Commenting on the road safety initiative, Councillor John MacKay, Chair of the Comhairle’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said: “We welcome all visitors to the Islands and wish them a safe trip, filled with happy memories. Please, drive on the left; a handy tip might be to place a visual reminder on your dashboard. Driving and sightseeing can be tiring so we respectfully request that drivers take frequent breaks and avoid spending  too many hours behind the wheel in one day. Remember, single track roads mean just that: one lane of tarmac for all traffic. They can be a bit unnerving at first, but keep in mind there are plenty of marked passing places; use caution and good driving skills and all should be well.”

Scotland’s Airline Loganair reported a pre-tax profit of £1.01 million for the 12 months ended 31 March - its first full year of operation under its new brand identity. 

However, the Shetland Times reports today (Thursday July 25th) that the impact of disruptive action by Air Traffic Controllers across airports run by Highlands and Islands Airports since April, has already cost the airline around £1m in compensation payments or accommodation costs related to passengers who were delayed or missed flights.

Drivers dropping off passengers at Stornoway airport are being asked to use the designated drop-off and pick-up area, rather than trying to ‘beat the system’ by parking on access roads.

Spaces have been designated for drop-off and pick-up, but you do need to go through the parking barrier to get to them.

Catering facilities at Stornoway Airport are set to reopen before the end of the year.

The previous café closed in March and it is understood that the new facilities will be up and running at some point in August.

Inverness Airport will be closed tomorrow (Sunday July 21st), cutting off the Highland capital from its crucial air links across Scotland, England, Ireland and the rest of Europe. 

This is part of intensifying industrial action by air traffic controllers, which will see Stornoway and Benbecula airports closed on Tuesday.

HIAL Managing Director Inglis Lyon has apologised for the disruption this further round of strike action will cause and urged the Prospect union to get back round the table and help deliver a solution to its long-running pay dispute.

The Stornoway Trust has warned about the financial consequences for the local community of the court cases being pursued in relation to wind farm projects in the area.

In a statement today (Tuesday July 23rd) the Trust says that: "Following the unsuccessful attempt by four crofting townships, namely Aignish, Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick and Sandwick East Street and Sandwickhill North Street, who had appealed to the Scottish Land Court over the Crofting Commission’s decision to refuse their Section 50B applications, the Stornoway Trust consider that another key milestone, albeit an unnecessary one, has been passed. 

The Western Isles Island Games Team donned their team colours for the first time today (Monday July 1st) at a send-off event hosted by their sponsors at the Harris and Lewis Smokehouse.

The kit, packed into individual kit bags for each athlete, was presented by the Scottish Salmon Company, who are sponsoring the team for the fifth consecutive year, reaffirming the company’s commitment to the communities where they work and the health and wellbeing of the islands’ people.

Final preparations are being made for this year’s Lochs Show, which is on today (Saturday) in Laxay.

The Show will be opened by none other than Sanjeev Kohli – best known as shopkeeper Naveed in Still Game.

Sanjeev’s wife Fiona is a ‘second-generation Lochie’, and he speaks some Gaelic himself!

Pop down to the Fisherman's Co-op to find all you need to make the most of the summer weather by the sea.

Choose from a large range of wet-suits for adults and children, along with neoprene boots, hoods and gloves. Just what is needed for splashing around in Hebridean waters - for extra fun grab a body board and hit the waves!

 And for those wanting something more relaxing where they don't have to get wet; grab some fishing gear. The Fisherman's Co-op has all the lures, hooks, lines and rods you may need whether your aiming to catch Mackeral and Cuddies from the rocks or heading out for some deep water fishing, the staff are on-hand to advise what's best suited. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has pledged to support his autistic constituents and make Scotland an autism-friendly nation.
He made the pledge at an event held at Holyrood by The National Autistic Society Scotland.
As part of its ‘Too Much Information’ campaign, the charity is asking people across Scotland to learn about autism and the small changes they can make to their behaviour to be more autism-friendly.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has voiced concerns over the future of agriculture subsidies, after UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, appeared to threaten future funding levels in a speech earlier today.

While the UK Government has stated its intention to continue current levels of farm subsidies until 2022, there is a huge question mark over what financial support system will be in place after that.

SNP MSP for na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has today welcomed the news that an agreement has been reached in talks between Calmac and trade union representatives.

Alasdair Allan commented: "The news that the talks have reached a successful conclusion will be welcomed by everyone in the islands, not least by the traveling public, business and the tourist industry.

"I am glad that it has been possible to reach this stage without further industrial action.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has today welcomed the decision by the Crofting Commission to 'draw a line' under its dispute with the former members of Mangersta grazings committee by withdrawing the grazings constable and allowing the village to form a new committee of its choice.

The grazings committee was removed from office by the Commission at the end of last year.

The MSP met with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, last month to discuss the removal from office of the grazings committees in Mangersta and Upper Coll, the implications of the Commission’s rulings in these cases and the future of crofting in the Western Isles more generally.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has warmly welcomed the public opening of Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle last week.

The £19 million partnership project was led by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and included external funding from the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Tickets are now released for An Lanntair's Alternative Carnival Night
Sat 5 Aug, £10.50 (proceeds go to the RNLI & SEIMH)


Adorn your body with a head dress, coat tails and glitter shorts for an evening filled with Scottish tapas, Cocktails and music on Carnival Night. (Head dress, coat tails and glitter shorts optional)

8pm doors open. Tapas begins at 8.30pm till 11pm.
Event is on till late
People are invited to dress alternative.
There are a limited amount of tickets, so get them quick!

 

22nd July, 7.30pm, Stornoway Golf Club.

Come along and join us for an evening of delicious curries and (optional) karaoke, and help raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland Lewis and Harris.

A great night out for friends and family!!

Tickets are only £10!! (Please purchase in advance)

To buy a ticket please contact Karen Macdonald on 07588761841 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for more information.

Shawbost-based coastal rowing club, An Eathar will host their annual family open day at Loch a Bhaile, Shawbost, on Saturday 14thJuly,

The event will be a great opportunity for novice rowers to get their first experience of what is an ever-growing pastime.

An Lanntair have announced their next season of adult evening classes, with six classes to choose from!

Life Drawing with Jon Macleod- Monday Nights
21 Aug- 25 Sept (6 Weeks) £48 / £41

Printmaking: Adding a touch of colour with Gill Thompson - Wednesday Nights
23 Aug - 11 Oct (8 Weeks) £74 / £63

Drawing from Nature with Steven Tod- Thursday Nights
24 Aug - 5th Oct (7 Weeks) £56 / £47.50

Kilt-Making with Netty Sopata - Friday Nights
25 Aug - 13 Oct (8 Weeks) £64 / £54.50

Introduction to Argentine Tango with Louise Davidson - Tuesday Nights (at Ionad Spors Leodhais)
Tue 12 Sept- 3rd Oct (4 Weeks) £16 / £13.50

Introduction to Graphic Design with Pearse O’Halloran - Tuesday Nights
Tue 19 Sept - 10 Oct (4 Weeks) £40 / £34

To book call the An Lanntair Box office 01851 708480  or visit http://lanntair.com/education/adults/

 


The Anchorage restaurant in Leverburgh has today (Thursday July 11th) announced the launch of an art and photography competition for all ages.

It’s the second year for the competition, which drew tremendous enthusiasm from visitors and locals alike last summer.

One of the oldest ships in Europe arrived in Stornoway this morning. 

The sloop 'Anna af Sand' is a unique representative of Norwegian coastal culture, and is typical of the many freight vessels sailing the fjords and along the Norwegian coast from the 18th century and into the last century. 

The 'Anna af Sand' was launched in Hardanger in 1848 and was given the name Haabet (Hope). 

“Our organisation is still kept very busy and that is one thing that is not affected as the years go by as the constant demand for advice never diminishes,” said Western Isles Citizens Advice Services Chairman David Blaney.
As WICAS prepares for its 2017 AGM, taking place next month, the organisation looks back over the past year, which saw the four CAB offices in the Western Isles deal with 4, 296 client contacts, who raised 7,150 issues.
“I am so grateful to our staff and volunteers for all the hard work they carry out year after year and the excellent service they give to those who contact us for advice on many different and varied issues that come their way,” continued Mr Blaney.

Tickets for a Glasgow Barrowlands concert by Stornoway band Peat & Diesel (pictured above on the main stage of the Hebridean Celtic festival during their performance last week)  sold out this morning (Thursday July 25th) within minutes of going on general sale.

The Arnish yard of BiFab has been left with a skeleton staff of maintenance workers, with workers union the GMB yesterday confirming that all BiFab’s sites are ‘effectively closed.’

Isles MSP Alasdair Allan yesterday (Thursday July 12th) raised the situation with minister for business, fair work and skills Jamie Hepburn MSP, after hearing from the union that hopes for a resurgence in the company had been dashed.

Lewis rockers Astrid are set for a sensational reunion, with a new album in the pipeline.

The indie band, which featured Willie Campbell (Tolsta) and Charlie Clark (Gress), were a big thing in the late 90's, amassing a dedicated fan base and playing to venues across the world.

On his website, Charlie Clark says: "After an 11 year hiatus, lots of therapy and one mystical walk along Gress beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, I’m happy to announce that astrid will be reforming later this year to record a new full length album. Willie, Gareth (Russell, bass guitar) and I have been in talks trying to figure out all the logistics but recording will start this November here in Los Angeles.

A pair of handcrafted one-of-a kind musical instruments are to be auctioned off in aid of The Leanne Fund.

Dr Ali Whiteford of Garrabost, Isle of Lewis, who makes and repairs string instruments, has created a bespoke Long Island guitar and a Mandocaster mandola and will sell them to raise funds for those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

The next meeting of Autism Eilean Siar is on Monday August 22nd at midday in the Newton Community Association meeting room on Seaforth Road, Stornoway.

The planned July meeting next week has been cancelled because of the impact of the holidays.

Autism Eilean Siar is a voluntary support group, which aims to raise awareness, help and support families, and champion full and inclusive lives for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  They aim to support everyone in the Western Isles affected by the condition; parents, partners, family and friends.  Contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Western Isles probationer teacher Abigail Treffry is seen with her recent award presented by Deputy First Minister John Swinney and General Teaching Council Scotland’s Chief Executive Ken Muir.

A baby who was feared seriously injured after falling on board the MV Loch Seaforth has been discharged from hospital and returned home to the mainland on yesterday’s morning ferry (Monday July 30th).

The 17-month-old had been on holiday, staying with family in Lewis, and was leaving at 7pm on Sunday evening (July 29th) when the child fell on deck.

The Back Football and Recreation Club June newsletter is now online. Read it here!

Have fun…and get advice - that's offer from Hebridean Housing partnership and the Western Isles Housing Association Communities Forum.

The groups are inviting all tenants and residents from HHP communities to a Summer Fun Day at Back Football and Recreation Club on Friday 9 August 2019 from 12 - 4pm.

As a result of the continuing support for The Western Isles Lottery from residents in Barra &. Vatersay, Volunteers from Northbay Gardens (“the Garadh”) were delighted to receive a cheque for £1,000 to help them continue their excellent work.

Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a’ Tuath is a horticultural-based project . Volunteers grow and sell local produce whilst helping people with Additional Support Needs and reducing the carbon footprint of the local area. They love working on projects that improve the environment and health of the area through a range of activities including community gardening and conservation.

CalMac is struggling to put together a service for passengers leaving or arriving on Barra this week, after the MV Isle of Lewis was shipped off to Clydeside for urgent repairs.

The timetable between Castlebay and Oban has been patchy over past days, with technical problems on the ageing ferry scrambling the timetable.

The man who supported the Isle of Barra flag campaign is entitled to wave his own flag this week, after a prestigious appointment with Scotland’s official heraldry body.

Philip Tibbetts is already communities vexillologist with the Flag Institute, a UK-wide charity which supports development of flags.

He campaigned alongside Barra community councillors, MSP Alasdair Allan and Barra and Vatersay Voluntary Action to get recognition for the Barra flag, a white cross on a green background.

Jane Mackinnon, a former long-standing Hebridean Housing Partnership Board Member, officially opened Corran Cismaol, Castlebay on Wednesday 17 July 2019.

Stornway-based Calmax Construction Limited, who employed several more local contractors, went on site in June 2018, with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart in Castlebay to cut the turf and completed construction in April 2019. 

Barra RNLI lifeboat was yesterday (Sunday 7th July) sent to assist a fishing vessel grounded on a reef north-east of the island.

The lifeboat was called at 5.29pm to the assistance of the Castlebay-registered trawler Grianan Oir, with seven people aboard, grounded near Rubha Bhruairnish in Northbay. After awaiting the rising tide to refloat, Barra lifeboat took her under tow to the pier at Northbay.

The 20th anniversary Barrathon was run in bright sunshine and with an abundance of good humour on Saturday (June 29th).

The popular summer event draws homecomers and visitors alike to the island and this year set a pre-registration record, with all 300 places for the half-marathon run snapped up within three minutes of opening in January.

Funds to facilitate a community buyout of Barvas Estate have been secured, it was announced today.

Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company (USOBCC) has been awarded capital funding of £715,000 for purchasing the selected 44,000 acre Barvas Estate assets plus paying for necessary mapping and legal costs.   Sufficient revenue funding has also been secured to help meet the costs of setting up an Estate office and paying the salaries of two posts for the first two years.

NEW – Whb, tap / W/C, cabinets

Wash hand basin and 550mm cabinet, gloss white.

Matching w/c cabinet 500x300mm and back to wall Pan.

Soft close toilet pan seat.

Grohe Mixer Tap.

Surplus to requirement.

ALL NEW. £250

Must be uplifted from Point as we can not offer transport.

The Lynn Maclean dancers had an extra dancer on Friday when batman (aka Charlie Nicolson) joined them to dance a Highland Fling in Stornoway - the girls were out dancing  to entertain the tourists during HebCelt week and have donated their weeks collection to Bethesda.

The BBC is looking for people from the Hebrides to take part in a life-swap television documentary, which will be aired on BBC2. 

They are particularly looking for those who have a dream which they've never managed to fulfil.

If you feel like you've missed some opportunities in your life, and you'd like to see what it's like living someone else's life for a bit, get in touch with them as soon as possible, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A new Water Treatment Works that will serve three small communities in North Harris has been delivered by sea to one of the island’s most spectacular beaches.

The new Scottish Water plant was loaded on to a specialised barge at Kishorn on Monday, before crossing the Minch and sailing through the Sound of Harris to lie offshore at Huisinis. 

Complementing the musical expertise of the Hebridean Celtic Festival are the artisans of this year’s Craft Tent.

The draw of the crafts – from glass painting to tin guitars, ceramics to jewellery, tweeds to soaps – was easily seen tonight, with makers kept very busy as festival goers enjoyed some beautiful wares on offer.

Bethesda Care Home and Hospice is having an open day on Wednesday 13 July from 2pm-4pm to allow the public to visit the newly opened respite care unit. All welcome.

Inviting visitors as well as island residents to join for breakfast on Saturday is  charity The Gambia Partnership who are holding a Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, July 16th.

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is inviting photographers from across the Hebrides to submit entries to its second annual photography competition.

This overall winner will be granted free entry to all events in next year’s festival programme, which will run from 7-20 February 2020 at An Lanntair and across Lewis and Harris.

The winning photograph will also be showcased in the artwork for the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival’s 2020 programme, following in the footsteps of this year’s inaugural winner, Meet Steve by Berneray-based photographer Casey McIntyre (shown above).

The new tarmac stage at Stornoway Airport

Next month heralds the 10th anniversary of Rally Hebrides - and organisers have announced BIG changes to their plans.

They say: "After nine years of running the Lews Castle Grounds stages over various routes, there comes a time when good things have to come to an end.

"For 2017 we have decided to drop this stage from our event.

It may be more than three decades since legendary Scottish rock band Big Country first struck a chord, but the music is still finding new audiences.

The band, who are touring this year with a revised line-up and a new frontman, also return to the big screen with one of their biggest tracks featuring in the new film Land Ho.

Set in Iceland, the film tells the story of a disenchanted retired surgeon who takes a road trip through Reykjavik with his former brother-in-law, in an attempt to reclaim their youth against a soundtrack which includes the band’s ‘80s hit In a Big Country.

The film and the soundtrack have won critical acclaim and will bring Big County’s music to a new generation: “The film company basically got in touch and sent us a synopsis of the film”, said guitarist Bruce Watson, a founder member of the band. “We liked it and told them to use it.”

It was Bruce, and his friend from Dunfermline, the late Stuart Adamson, who formed Big Country in 1981. They were joined later that summer by drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler, the line-up that recorded the classic debut album ‘The Crossing’ in 1983.

The group was known for a string of hits such as In a Big Country, Fields of Fire, East of Eden and, the biggest UK hit, Look Away. In all they scored 17 top 30 singles in the UK and achieved five gold and platinum albums.

Adamson died in 2001 and the band subsequently reformed to mark their 25th anniversary, later joined by former Alarm singer Mike Peters who spent three years as frontman.

The new line-up sees Bruce, Mark Brzezicki (drums, vocals); Bruce’s son, Jamie Watson (guitars/vocals) and former Simple Minds bassist/vocalist, Derek Forbes, joined by Simon Hough, ex-frontman for both Denny Laine (Wings) and Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy).

The band have already played a number of UK dates this year, with a series of festivals planned, including a debut at the Hebridean Celtic Festival next week, and then the Steeltown Tour, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Steeltown album release.

“It’s been a great year so far”, said Bruce. “Simon has fitted in well and the fans are really getting into his vocals. At times he sounds uncannily like Stuart.

“We just love working now with the new line up. We spent years not being Big Country and have a large catalogue to get through.”

He said he is looking forward to the festivals experience which is such a large part of a band’s schedule nowadays: “Festivals are always chaotic, basically wham bam, no sound check, hour long set then you are off. Then the next band goes on. It’s great fun and I do like to watch other acts.

“I am happy playing as many festivals as we can. HebCelt is a first for us so I can't wait to get up there and make a noise. We are really looking forward to playing in this beautiful part of the country.”

So what’s next for the re-invented band? Is he preparing for a 40th anniversary? “Steady, we have only just got back together and are still finding our feet.”

Big Country will top the HebCelt bill on Friday, 18 July. The award-winning festival will also feature headliners Levellers and Donnie Munro as well as leading artists including Cara Dillon, Rachel Sermanni, Duncan Chisholm, Cajun band Magnolia Sisters, from the US, and Canadian outfit Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.

The festival has its two main stages in the spectacular setting in front of Lews Castle, and this year is introducing an acoustic stage for the first time. There will also be concerts in An Lanntair and in rural parts of Lewis and Harris.

The four-day festival is expected to attract an audience of about 16,000 – double the population of Stornoway – with more than half coming from outside the Hebrides and helping to generate around £1 million for the local economy.

The P&O cruise ship Oriana headed for Stornoway on Wednesday (July 25th) will bring more than 2,500 visitors to swell the town’s population. 1,746 passengers are expected to disembark, most British, but including visitors of 20 other nationalities. The ship also brings 788 crew, many of whom will come ashore during the full-day stop.

They’re part of an adults-only cruise, travelling between Southampton and Rejkjavik in Iceland, and taking advantage of one of the ship’s last British Isles calls before she leaves P&O in August 2019, after 24 years with the fleet.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas was passing Lewis and Harris this morning (Tuesday July 31st) on her way south towards Glasgow.

She was distinctly visible from Point as she headed down the Minch.

Colin, Norman and Colleen's supporters at the quayside see them off

Stornoway open-water swimmer Colin Macleod can see the end of his biggest challenge to date, with the Rubha Reidh lighthouse in his sights as he heads across open sea on the Big Minch Swim.

Colin and his fellow swimmers Norman Todd (Ullapool) and Colleen Blair were forced to postpone their attempt to make history’s first swimmer crossing of the North Minch until today (Sunday July 8th) because of strong south-westerly winds on Saturday. They left Stornoway harbour in the early hours of this morning (Sunday July 8th)  on board a support vessel for a 4.30am start from Lemreway.

A new water treatment works that will serve three small communities in North Harris was safely delivered yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) – by sea, beach and road.

The new Scottish Water plant was loaded on to a specialised barge at Kishorn on Monday, before crossing the Minch and sailing through the Sound of Harris to lie offshore at Huisinis.

Another huge day is expected for the port of Stornoway tomorrow (Thursday July 11th) as one of the biggest ships cruising British waters is scheduled to call into port.

Cunard’s Queen Victoria will be making her maiden visit to the islands, bringing 1,959 passengers and 964 crew for a full day in Lewis and Harris. She’s en route from Reykjavik in Iceland to her home port of Southampton, on a voyage which has already taken in two weeks of fjordland scenery in Norway and around Iceland.

A biker was seriously injured when he came off his motorbike in Harris on Saturday.

The accident happened at Ceann Dibig, just past Direcleit, at around 1.35pm. 

No-one else was involved in the accident, and police are appealing for witnesses.

 


Big-hearted bikers handed over a cheque for well over £5,000 to Action for Children at Stornoway Golf Club on Thursday July 5th.

Departing today Stornoway harbour at 9am today (Wednesday July 11th) and heading north up the Minch was the sleek Archimedes, reportedly worth $100 million and owned by US billionaire businessman and philanthropist James Simons.

It’s not known whether the owner was on board, but a private jet flew passengers into Stornoway airport yesterday (Tuesday).

And the luxury sailing yacht Farfalla came into port this morning.  She’s a 102ft five-star sailing vessel built in 2014 and costing $81,500 per week, plus expenses, to charter. 

The 2017 Blas Festival is coming to Scalpay, Lewis and North Uist for the first time between 1st and 9th September to celebrate the best of Gaelic culture and particular landmarks in the lives of people pivotal to Gaelic culture.

On Friday 1 September in Scalpay, Blas will celebrate Morag MacLeod’s contribution to Gaelic culture with a special 80th birthday Cèilidh featuring her choice of singers and musicians.

Morag received the Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music at the Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2007 having had a long career collecting and cataloguing Gaelic songs through her work at the School of Scottish Studies.

Representatives from Stornoway Amenity Trust, Western Isles Lottery and Willowglen Garden Centre at the new flower beds at Manor Roundabout.  All photographs by John Dyer

Stornoway is in full bloom thanks to a project by the Stornoway Amenity Trust.

The Trust, which is a non-profit making organisation, led by a team of volunteers, made it its mission to brighten up the town for the summer.

Recent samples taken at Loch Ordais, South Bragar have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. 

Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects, warns Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Recent samples taken at Loch nan Ritheanan, Keose have indicated the presence of blue-green algae. 

Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects.  

Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems.  

Recent samples taken in Loch nan Ritheanan, Keose indicate the presence of blue-green algae.

The Comhairle have advised the public to avoid contact with the algal scum or water close to it.

The man whose body was recovered in Point this morning has been named as Steven Campbell.

Mr Campbell, who was 37, had been reported missing on Monday.

His next of kin have been informed and police say there are no suspicious circumstances.


Peatland in North Lochs is to be restored to its natural state as part of a peatland action project announced yesterday (Sunday July 28th).

Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Water will work together on 11 hectares of damaged and eroding peatland within the Loch Orasaigh drinking water catchment area, which serves the North Lochs Water Treatment Works.
Work will include re-profiling peat hags, blocking drainage ditches and encouraging the stabilisation of vegetation around the edge of the loch.

Fundraising for Bethesda is taking place on football fields and with music events this summer.

There is a charity football event involving Back Football Club and an XI from Ross County on Friday July 26th at the Back Football and Recreation Club ground, starting at 7pm.  There’s a buffet afterwards at the Caladh Inn in Stornoway. 

The Isle of Lewis Gymnastics Club got a welcome boost this summer as six of its volunteer coaches completed coach training.

The coaches gave up days of their Easter and summer breaks to complete Level 1 and Level 2 gymnastics coach training.

On top of the training days and exams, the coaches also put in many hours running regular gymnastics sessions and completing plans and log books.

Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK will be bad for the Islands and for Scotland, say the local MP and MSP 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has reacted to the announcement that Boris Johnson is set to be appointed Prime Minister.

Scottish Ambulance and Coastguard teams were called to Luskentyre beach this morning (Sunday July 7th) after a visitor suffered a broken ankle.

Scottish Ambulance requested Coastguard assistance at 11.15am, after being called to help the 63-year-old woman, who had broken her ankle while walking on the beach.

Lewis swimmer Isla Budge took her place on the medallists’ podium in Gibraltar yesterday evening (Wednesday July 10th), with the fourth medal of the NatWest Island Games for the Western Isles.

With a bronze medal for her powerful race in the women’s 400m freestyle, she joined fellow swimmer Kara Hanlon, who almost immediately topped off her total with a third gold medal, this time in the women’s 100m breaststroke – Mairi Maclennan was 5th in the same race with a new PB.

Lews Castle College UHI reaches another landmark in its history of delivering construction industry-related training this year.

This comes with its recruitment of two new Joinery and Construction lecturers James Maclennan (pictured with retiring Joinery and Construction Lecturer Brian McKelvie) and Mr Calum Mackay.

This comes at a time when the college marks its Sapphire Anniversary.

After a break of several years, the Merseyside-based calendar and guide scammers are calling Western Isles businesses again.

The technique involves claiming that the business being called has already agreed to take part in a special calendar, poster or campaign.  The caller will claim that a conversation took place at some point earlier in the year.

The projects are generally in support of some victim-group - in this morning's case, it was victims of bullying.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has today (Monday July 1st) issued further information in relation to the Redesign of Public Bus Services.

Last week, Members unanimously agreed a Redesign process aimed at protecting front line transport services in partnership with the communities of the Western Isles in the context of Service Redesign.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

Stornoway Coastguard Control Centre has had a busy weekend, with more than a dozen jobs calling for resources, including eight on Saturday (July 14th).

Most of the calls for help came from the mainland and Skye, with medical evacuations and vessel breakdowns in a wide area including Fort William, Oban, Portree and Tobermory. The most intensive incident came on Sunday afternoon (July 15th) at 4.40pm when a kayaker was reported missing off Ardmurchan, and teams including two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and a number of Coastguard volunteer teams were called in. The kayaker was later found safe and well.

Late on Saturday night, teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were asked to man a helicopter landing site in Scalpay, to support the evacuation of a sick child from the island. The child was taken by helicopter to Western Isles Hospital, with the Stornoway volunteer team also manning the helicopter landing site in Stornoway in the early hours of Sunday (July 15th).

Coastguard volunteer teams from Griminish and Benbecula were called at 5.10pm on Saturday (July 14th) when a report was called in of a drifting liferaft near Linacleit. The object was found to be a red tent which had blown out to sea, and was classified as a false alarm with good intent.

The Western Isles network of Citizens Advice Bureaux has seen a busy year, with increasing need for debt advice and growing problems for people with rent and mortgage arrears.

“The past year has seen a lot of changes, challenges and achievements. In particular the Welfare Reform legislation has led to, as expected, a greater demand on our services," said WICAS Chairman, David Blaney as the organisation prepares for this year’s AGM.

The 31 cyclists who completed the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle reached Castlebay in sunshine, after enduring headwinds, heavy rain and thick mist during their three day epic challenge.

When a baby dies, whether it's because of miscarriage, stillbirth, or neo-natal death, a family has very few memories to sustain and comfort them.

The charity SiMBA gently supports families to gather precious memories of the short time their baby was here.

The SiMBA Annual Butterfly Releases form a key part of their support.

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service is setting out today (Monday July 3) on a big effort to make local people aware of the dangers of scams, and how to beat them.

The campaign is the local wing of Scams Awareness Month, being run across the UK by the Citizens Advice service and Trading Standards. It is aimed at everyone and covers all types of scams.

As part of the campaign, the local CAB will be running information and messages on social media.

Almost 4,500 people approached Western Isles CABx for assistance in their last financial year, the organisation's AGM will be told.

“At a time when costs are increasing all around us and with high levels of fuel costs and cuts to welfare benefits for many in our community due to the changes brought about by welfare reform, the valuable service provided by the staff and volunteers in our organisation is all the more important in helping clients maximise their income and find strategies to cope with the increased costs of day-to-day living” said WICAS Chairman, David Blaney as the organisation prepares for this year’s AGM.

The Annual General Meeting will be held in The Shed, 11 Francis Street, Stornoway on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 6.00 pm. All welcome to attend.

"An amazing £1630.37 was raised by the wonderful Artizan team for their recent cupcake fundraiser," the local Alzheimers Scotland branch has announced.
Pictured above are Caron, Joan, Marie and Eve from the café on Church Street, Stornoway.

It is clear that after more than 35 years playing and teaching around the world Alasdair Fraser is as passionate as ever about the uplifting power of traditional music.

The award-winning Scottish fiddler has earned a string of accolades for his live performances and racked up a number of radio, television and film credits over an illustrious career, which also saw him inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

But he is equally enthusiastic about passing on his skills and runs fiddle schools in Scotland, the US, Spain and Australia which are fully booked each year.

SSE has a monopoly on Total Heating Total Control (THTC) tariffs in the Highlands and Islands, and should be brought to account, according to the Western Isles Poverty Action Group. 

Chairman Angus McCormack has called on Theresa May to intervene and 'address this anomaly with immediate effect'. 

"The Prime Minister has stated that her government is intent on ‘fighting injustices’. The monopoly resting with SSE over THTC in the Western Isles is an injustice that needs addressing now," said Mr McCormack.

Nominations for ‘Health Heroes’ have already been flooding in from across Scotland, and NHS Western Isles is encouraging people in the Western Isles to ensure their top healthcare team or health professional doesn’t miss out on an award.

The Scottish Health Awards 2016 is the most prestigious and recognised awards ceremony for healthcare professionals within Scotland.

The awards reflect that amazing diversity of talent and showcase the dedication and innovation of the people who work tirelessly on our behalf.

During the summer months, the Callanish Visitor Centre is once again open late to deal with the floods of visitors to the Isle of Lewis's major magnet for tourists and visitors from all over the world. 

It is open from 9.30 am to 8pm in the June to August period. 

The advert for the Callanish Visitor Centre in EVENTS newspaper - available throughout Lewis and Harris - was not updated to account for this and the publishers would like to apologise for that.

Find the latest information on http://www.callanishvisitorcentre.co.uk/index.php/our-cafe

 

 

 

Two Lewis ladies are calling on the island’s females to help their sisters in Africa by donating old (but in good condition!) bras and pants.

Inspired by Tisha Stenhouse’s Facebook post drawing attention to the ‘Smalls for All’ charity, Body and Sole owner Iline Murray has offered to hold a drop-in event at the beauty salon on Keith St, Stornoway, next week where people can drop off underwear to be shipped to the charity. 

You can drop off your old bras - as long as they're in okay condition - at the salon any time after 1pm on Wednesday. Anyone who is able to is encouraged to purchase and donate a pack of pants - suitable for girls up to teenage years - to be sent off along with the bras, too.

Established in 2009 by Maria Macnamara, Smalls for All aids health, hygiene and social problems faced by many women in Africa due to the simple fact they do not have underwear.

It’s not just the health and hygiene factors tackled by the charity, but also provides security for many ladies as underwear is often seen as a status symbol – the woman who can afford underwear tend to be seen as having someone (father, husband, brother) who cares for them; they are not seemingly alone and vulnerable.

“So, ladies, dig out all them bras you don’t wear – the quicker this can happen, the quicker these bras will be sent off to all the ladies and children who desperately need them!” urges Tisha

Smalls for All also helps a number of orphanages and is funding the education of seven children in Kenya. And to date the charity has collected 97,778 items of underwear, distributed 75,451, and recycled 10,000 (bad condition) bras.

“It’s a fantastic idea and we’re only too pleased to be able to help,” said Body and Sole’s Iline.

To find out more about the work of Smalls for All, please visit www.smallsforall.org

The call is out for local dancers and actors to take to the stage and audition for Stuart Morrison's pantomime extravaganza 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'.

The theatrical try-outs take place on Saturday, August 20th, at the Hebrides Dance & Wellbeing Studio at Stornoway Golf Club, and for further information, or to confirm attendance, panto hopefuls are asked to email dance tutor and choreographer Kirstie Anderson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“We have more interest in the panto every year,” said Kirstie. “The competition is tough but the dancers who are selected have a great time and learn so much working with a professional company.

The Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland – Lewis & Harris, Karen Macdonald, is holding a 'Young Persons Engagement Day' to celebrate the work of young volunteers.

It is on Monday 17th July from 11am-2pm with the meeting place being Cuddy Point at 10.45am.

It's a very informal session including a treasure hunt organised by Pursuit Hebrides.

Ferry passengers arriving from today (Monday July 16th) to participate in Hebridean Celtic Festival must have a ticket before they arrive at Ullapool, according to an online warning this morning from CalMac.

The ferry company has already published a similar warning on their website for the period from Wednesday July 18th to Sunday, July 22nd, when ferries are expected to be at peak capacity. They’re insisting that even foot passengers must book ahead if they want to travel to or from Stornoway anytime this week.

CalMac Ferries are seeking a new ticketing system for all their services…and are holding a supplier Open Day in Glasgow tomorrow (Thursday August 1) to get the process under way.

The company are calling the project An Turas or Our Journey.

Further strikes across the Caledonian MacBrayne network cannot be ruled out, according to the trade union locked in dispute with the ferry company. 

In a statement to members, the RMT said it had made 'every effort to secure a series of very basic assurances over no compulsory redundancies, staffing levels, conditions of service and pensions, but to no avail'.

General Secretary Mick Cash commented: ""It is fair to say that the talks so far have been difficult and we are concerned that the emphasis seems to be on what can't and won't be done rather that what can be done to solve this dispute, particularly from CalMac.

A resolution has been reached in the industrial dispute at CalMac Ferries Limited and Argyll Ferries Limited, ending the possibility of further strikes, it was announced this evening.
The agreement comes following a fourth day of talks between the Scottish Government, CalMac Ferries Limited and union representatives.
It means the tendering process for the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract will proceed, with the Initial Invitation To Tender set to issue on July 31.

Caledonian MacBrayne are not taking any bookings from Wednesday July 8 until Sunday July 12.

In response to a query posted on the EVENTS Facebook page, we contacted the ferry operator to ask why this was, when the industrial action was planned for only one day, Friday July 10.

A spokesman said: "We have to try and shift all the people who have booked for Friday to other sailings. 

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Festivalgoers at Heb Celt 2018 are asking each other “did the earth move for you” after the mighty beat of Niteworks from Skye shook the Castle Green to its pre-Cambrian foundations.

Playing in the Islands Tent, the “Jurassic schploom-schploom” of their beat –  a festival-goer’s comment referencing the Tyrannosaurus footsteps of the film Jurassic Park – made an unforgettable impact on the last evening of Heb Celt 2018.

The sold-out festival has been the most successful event in its 23-year history, say organisers.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues.

Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) said this evening that it is absolutely delighted all parties have seen sense and resolved the CalMac dispute. 

Local businesses, island communities and indeed our visitors can now breathe a sigh of relief and start to get back to normal, the organisation said in a statement.
 
They went on: "However, we must not forget that this ongoing dispute has already caused financial and reputation damage to this important island tourism economy. 

A proposed Caledonian MacBrayne strike for tomorrow has been called off.

The RMT announced late last night that the government had given an assurance that workers' demands would be looked at.

CalMac are now in the process of reopening their booking system for Friday.

CalMac have a new mobile maintenance team, ready to assist in keeping the vessels operational.  

The engineers and hydraulic specialists have been given campervans to help them travel to where they are needed on CalMac's west coast network.

The new seven-member team will carry out specialised inspections, monitoring and "proactive maintenance" while working with onboard engineering and vessel management teams.

The company said it was part of its effort to find "flexible and effective" ways of meeting challenges in the running of the fleet.

Cameron's Chip Shop has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards. 

The Stornoway chippy is one of seven to battle it out for the honour of being named Scotland's top fish and chip outlet. 

The winner will go on to contest the UK title in January. 

Going on a camping trip with the family or friends? Got all you need? The Fisherman's Co-op can help with tents, sleeping bags, lanterns and portable stoves. They also have a wide selection of gas canisters, you don't want to run out when the kettle hasn't quite boiled! And don't forget the midge repellent.

Taking a picnic to the beach? Grab a picnic blanket, flasks, mugs, cutlery, or a cool bag to keep your food fresh (or the beer cool). 

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan (second from left, back row) with the Canadian acts 

The 22nd Hebridean Celtic Festival which opens tonight (Wednesday, July 19th) will strengthen the musical and cultural bonds between the islands and Canada.
A group of visiting artists from New Brunswick arrived off the ferry to Stornoway last night to start a visit to enhance traditional ties during the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
The confederation was the process by which the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. Many of the early Canadian settlers emigrated from Scotland, including the Hebrides, and that heritage is still celebrated in songs on both sides of the Atlantic.

Stornoway Police have confirmed that two young men currently knocking on doors in Stornoway and claiming to be representing a cancer charity, are genuine.

A report was made to police yesterday afternoon from a suspicious member of the public.

Police questioned the two men, and confirmed today that they are bona-fide representatives of the cancer charity.

 

 

The Postman’s Walk must have been a lonely walk for postmen like Kenny Mackay, the former Rhenigidale Postman. 

But on the 29th June 81 people did the same walk together in aid of Cancer Research in an event organised by the Isle of Lewis Cancer Research Committee.

An urgent resolution on how chemotherapy medication is transported to the Western Isles is needed, says Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, after it was revealed that the current method of air transportation could cease.

Presently, chemotherapy medication is delivered to NHS Western Isles via an air freight service between Inverness and Stornoway.

The UK's leading Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike is in Stornoway for the next few days.

The much-loved pirate will be in town along with his custom-built 'Beach'd Pearl' motorbike, designed to look like a pirate ship. 

He has been booked by Sabine Weiten, Managing Director of the Hebridean Tea Store.

Perceval Square car park will be closed from 6pm on Friday 2nd August until 6pm on Saturday 3rd August to make way for the Lewis Carnival. 

The Lewis Carnival Committee asks that ALL vehicles be removed before this time. 

Perceval Square car park will be closed from 6pm on Friday 2nd August until 6pm on Saturday 3rd August to make way for the Lewis Carnival. 

The Lewis Carnival Committee asks that ALL vehicles be removed before this time. 

There is considerable confusion at Stornoway Airport about the operation of the new parking charges.

Welovestornoway.com went down to the airport yesterday afternoon (Friday) to see for ourselves.

Among other things we saw:

  • A driver searching for the ticket from the new ticket machine entering the car park…but the machine is exposed and the ticket had been blown away in the wind.
  • Drivers confused by the lack of detailed signage when you approach the new turning to the car park, so people did not know whether to go there for drop-offs, and blocked the entrance while trying to decide
  • Drivers confused about paying because there is no signage at all to point out that the first two hours of parking are free

Services for older people in the Western Isles have greatly improved, according to a new repport.

A Care Inspectorate progress review of services for older people in the Western Isles, undertaken in May 2018, indicated that the Western Isles Partnership had delivered “an impressive amount of improvement” since the inspection team last visited in 2015.

In particular, the report highlights the benefits of a modernised homecare service, the introduction of a more coordinated approach to managing discharge from hospital and more robust community engagement structures.

Bunting purchased by the Lewis Carnival Committee is currently being put up around Stornoway by Hebrides Alpha.

With a combination of funds raised by previous carnivals, money donated by the Stornoway Councillors, and a donation from the Stornoway Amenity Trust, the Lewis Carnival Committee were able to purchase the bunting to decorate the town for the next three weeks - for the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Carnival Week.

Hebrides Alpha offered their time and equipment as a donation to the cause.  

Fingers crossed the bunting is strong enough to survive the wind so it can be used for years to come! 

The Lewis Carnival is currently seeking volunteers. The Lewis Carnival Committee says: "Please, if you can spare even an hour or two on the day, let us know!" 

The small group of volunteers has worked for months to make sure that the beloved event can go ahead, but it cannot take place without the required number of volunteers on the day. 

The Lewis Carnival takes place 11am-5pm on Saturday August 3rd - volunteers are also needed to set up and clear away.  

Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 705743 and ask for Melissa, if you can help! 

The Lewis Carnival is currently seeking volunteers. The Lewis Carnival Committee says: "Please, if you can spare even an hour or two on the day, let us know!" 

The small group of volunteers has worked for months to make sure that the beloved event can go ahead, but it cannot take place without the required number of volunteers on the day. 

The Lewis Carnival takes place 11am-5pm on Saturday August 3rd - volunteers are also needed to set up and clear away.  

Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 705743 and ask for Melissa, if you can help! 

The Lewis Carnival is calling out for anyone who can spare anything from an hour to a full day on Saturday 6th August. 

Carnival chairperson, Janet MacDonald said: "Without the help of volunteers, the Lewis Carnival cannot happen."

If you can volunteer for even an hour or two on the day, please get in touch, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 705749. 

Four cars on Plantation Road, Stornoway, were badly damaged around lunchtime on Saturday (July 7th).

Police received reports that the cars, which were all parked on the road, had been deliberately damaged, leaving deep scratches in their bodywork.

It’s believed the damage was caused in the late morning or early afternoon, and anyone who saw or heard anything is asked to call the non-emergency number, 101.

Cèilidh Trail music today…in Shawbost, at the Callanish Visitor centre, and at Doune Braes Hotel.

The worlds of art and architecture came together in Stornoway this afternoon, at a celebration of the ‘Building Our Islands’ initiative.

Building Our Islands is a project for everyone in the Outer Hebrides to learn about and engage with their built environment through workshops, illuminations, art and photography.

Hailyu Zhang

East is meeting west this week as a Chinese journalist takes in HebCelt as part of a visit to the Outer Hebrides to explore the Celtic culture.

Hailyu Zhang, who works in Beijing and his home town of Kunming, writes on travel and cultural issues and is a regular visitor to film and music festivals around the world.

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s pipe music programme Crunluath on Thursday 2ndAugust and Thursday 9th August will feature players who took part in the piping concert at this year’s Ceòlas festival in South Uist.

Presenter Catriona MacNeill will introduce sets from Seonaidh MacIntyre, Kenneth Mackenzie and Fin Moore as well as talented local youngsters who entertained a large and enthusiastic audience in St Peter’s Hall, Daliburgh.

The Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the new Shannon Class Lifeboat of Leverburgh RNLI takes place on Saturday, July 14th at Leverburgh harbour.

The Lifeboat, RNLB Stella and Humfrey Berkeley will officially be handed over to the station by a representative of the Berkeley family, the main donor for the boat.

MP Angus MacNeil is urging island organisations to apply for the chance to have a 3G phone signal in the heart of their community.
Vodafone UK yesterday (Thursday) launched a new scheme to bring 3G mobile coverage to areas currently with a weak signal.

The Community Indoor Sure Signal (CISS) programme, which will be open to up to 100 rural community hubs, builds on the success of Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal (ROSS) which provides 3G mobile coverage to almost 100 rural communities including Tarbert and Castlebay.

Mr MacNeil said: “I would urge any groups or businesses in Na h-Eileanan an Iar to submit an application.
“I was delighted to support communities in Tarbert and Castlebay to benefit from the previous Vodafone programme and the service provided from that is of great value to those living and visiting those areas.”

There's a chance today to have expert assistance and guidance to progress with preserving and interpreting the ancient church of St Columba at Ui on Point. 

There's a display inside the church in a specially designed tent originally used for a wedding held on the premises.

There’s been a change of team at Stornoway’s Comunn na Gaidhlig office this week as director of development Calum Iain Macleod retires after 11 years.

Calum Iain has held a national remit from the Stornoway office of CnaG since March 2007.

Leaving the Hub in Willowglen around lunchtime today…more than 30 cyclists (not all pictured) heading for Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay over the next three nights.

The group were aiming to raise £10,000 for charities - and have already passed £11,500 in total.

The parents of aid worker Linda Norgrove have found a novel way of raising funds for the charity they established in their daughter’s memory.

Having spent years transforming a derelict byre into an upmarket holiday cottage for rent, they plan to use the income to cover the running costs of the Linda Norgrove Foundation, ensuring all money donated by supporters goes straight to projects in Afghanistan.

Ensuring you have the right footwear is usually essential for any charity walking event. 

Not so for the 'To Walk a Mile in My Shoes' fundraiser, which takes place in Stornoway on Friday July 24.

The inaugural event of the local branch of the Samaritans is being organised by Eilidh Thompson. 

It is wet. I am cold.  This is the last night of the 20th Hebridean Celtic Festival.  Going on your own…not that much fun, even though this is an assignment.  The Big Tent is empty…tuning and testing.
So…let's try the second tent…and there I find Chastity Brown, with electric guitarist Luke Enyeart and percussionist Greg Shutte.

 

 A Lewis chessman bought at a 1960s antique sale for £5 was today (Tuesday July 2nd) sold for £735,000 at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house in London. The price set a new auction record for a medieval chess piece.

Sotheby’s threw their weight behind a marketing campaign to help sell the piece when it was listed for today’s sale. A video, which can be viewed here, borrows TV drama production values to inspire excitement, and the piece was displayed at Sotheby’s Edinburgh offices for a day before being taken down to London, where it has also been on display for the past week.

On Friday 8 July 2016, Board Members, staff, family and friends gathered in the Park Guest House in Stornoway to mark the retirement of Angus Lamont as Chief Executive of HHP.

Angus was one of the longest serving Chief Housing Officers in Scotland with a career spanning 34 years, with 30 of these within the Western Isles. 

The multi-million-selling singer songwriter KT Tunstall led the praise for the 24th Hebridean Celtic Festival which ended at the weekend after another highly successful four-day event.

KT, one of this year’s headliners, returned to HebCelt for the first time since 2011.  During her visit she lauded the festival for being at the forefront of environmentally-conscious efforts and also for ensuring gender balance on stage.

A special concert will be taking place in Stornoway to raise funds for the repairs to the St Columba's Church stained glass windows.

Chrisetta and Willie Mitchell, from Point, were at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday July 5th as Chrisetta received her British Citizen Award for the work she does with the Leanne Fund. The award recognises individuals who do extraordinary things in their local community, and is run by a committee including patron Sarah, Duchess of York.

The Leanne Fund was founded in 2009 in memory of Chrisetta and Willie’s daughter Leanne, who died from Cystic Fibrosis when she was 21 years old.

Almost £1 million in Government funding will be spent cutting deaths in fishing which is the UK’s most dangerous industry, it was announced yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 3).

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani announced during a meeting with safety experts and coastal MPs that an additional £700,000 will be provided to give more fishermen potentially lifesaving training.

 Despite the weather, the Classic Car show and family fun day in Bragar went ahead on Saturday afternoon…although the numbers of cars attending was reduced.

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The rapid rise in the number of apprenticeships across the Islands is one of the success stories of Community Learning and Development within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on Lewis and Harris, says HM Inspector Alona Murray in a report issued yesterday (Monday July 23rd).

Community Learning and Development (CLD) partners within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar across Lewis and Harris were inspected by Education Scotland during May and June this year.

Education Scotland staff talked to children, young people, adults and community organisations. They worked closely with local CLD managers, CLD providers, partners, paid staff and volunteers.

A near £30,000 boost to charities on the Isle of Lewis every year is anticipated, as the Co-operative stores in Stornoway gear up to introduce a host of new benefits for members and their communities.
Nationally the Co-operative is set to hand back more than £100 million a year to its members and communities with the launch of the new membership benefits scheme which will see members receive a five percent reward on any purchases they make of Co-op own brand products and services – and a further one percent directly benefiting local causes.
“It's been estimated that around £27,500 will be shared among three local charities in the first year,” said Steven Cooper, manager of Stornoway's Macaulay Road Co-op store.

Coastguard officers from three Western Isles teams were presented with long-service medals for their role as volunteer officers within local coastguard teams on Thursday (July 5th).

Lewis singer/songwriter Colin Macleod will this September embark on a 14 date UK tour which will take him from Orkney to London.

The tour will include two performances in the Western isles at the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway on Thursday 13 September and at the Westford Inn, North Uist on Friday 14 September.

Exciting times - Colin Macleod will tour the UK and the US later in the year

Iron Maiden, Blink-182, Jamiroquai and Janet Jackson are just some of the massive names tied to record label BMG – and now Colin Macleod has joined their ranks.

Labelled under ‘C. Macleod’, the Swordale native has signed a three-album deal with BMG, and plays a special London show tonight (Wednesday) to celebrate the news.

“I have the first album written - it’s called ‘Bloodlines’,” Colin told www.welovestornoway.com

Lews Castle College UHI is holding a series of Taster sessions during its Open Day on Wednesday, August 16.

The purpose of the Open Day and Tasters is to provide people with the opportunity to find out more about the college, about UHI and also the many opportunities available locally through Lews Castle College UHI from August 2017.

“We are conscious that the college and UHI’s main priority is provide people in our community with the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge locally, and by doing this we can support local businesses and the local economy with an improved skills base, “ said Mr Iain Macmillan, Principal Lews Castle College UHI.

 Steven Munro, Kirsty Baird and Karen Pickard of Lewis Sports Centre with Callum Ian Macmillan, Lews Castle College.

Finding your ideal way to get fit has just become easier with the publication of the updated Lewis and Harris Sports & Leisure Directory – listing all the sports and recreation clubs, and their contact details, available on the islands.

The publication of the glossy 16-page Directory came about following a need identified by the Lewis and Harris Sports Council, and was sponsored by Lews Castle College UHI.

A former hairdressing salon in central Stornoway is becoming a pop-up shop for Lews Castle College this week.

A spokesperson said: "This year we are going to be enjoying the buzz during the Hebridean Celtic Festival and having a 'pop-up' shop at 79 Kenneth Street."  This was formerly used by Tangles hair salon and is close to the junction with Bayhead, within sight of the Festival ground.

"If you are passing by 'pop' in and say hello to our lecturers and staff and find out what we have to offer at Lews Castle College UHI. Al Ross a student at LCC UHI will be there to share his knowledge of local archaeology and Donna Macdonald (The Mane Effect), a former hairdressing student, will be running a Blow Dry Bar."

The aim is not really to be "selling" anything. It's more of a shopfront to provide more information about courses available the Lews Castle College.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has today called for negotiations between both sides, before further strike action is taken by Caledonian MacBrayne. 

The council's rallying call comes after Outer Hebrides Tourism demanded compensation for businesses and travellers who had lost out through the industrial action, and the threat of it.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is to write to OFGEM to seek clarity on reduced SSE tariffs which appear to no longer be available.

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, said: “Week beginning 6th July, SSE made some new tariffs available, one of which was to charge 10.878p per kwh, a significant reduction on the existing standard tariff from SSE (15.61p). 

On further inspection, we were informed that SSE had introduced another new tariff; a one year fixed price Total Heating Total Control (THTC) tariff – 7.27p heat and 14.42p standard inc VAT – significantly lower than the current tariff. 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is seeking an early meeting with the new Secretary of State for Business and Energy, Greg Clark MP.

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell said: “There are many issues which we would like to discuss, not least how best to realise the vast renewable opportunities we have here in the Western Isles and the need for a new interconnector.

The Crofting Commission is encouraging crofters to plan for the future and put in place a croft succession plan for when they are no longer able to work their croft and comply with their duties.

All crofters, both tenant and owner-occupiers, are required to comply with a number of statutory duties relating to residency and management of their crofts.

Vice Convener of the Crofting Commission I G MacDonald highlighted the importance of a croft succession plan.

A Lewis community trust is to receive almost £2 million from a windfarm that is NOT going to be built.

As a goodwill gesture, energy giant ENGIE will pay out £1.92 million to the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, despite pulling out of plans to build a 130 MW windfarm on Eishken last year. 

Uncertaintly about the delivery of a £800 interconnecter cable eventually put paid to the firm's development plans. 

Friday 5th August 2016

7.30pm

Stornoway Town Hall

Preacher: Rev James Maciver, Stornoway

Chairman: Rev Dr Iain D Campbell

Traditional Gaelic precenting arranged by Mr Calum Martin

Collection taken for expenses and for Bethesda Hospice

Today welovestornoway.com launches its new Community Info page to try to meet the growing demand for quality detailed advertising aimed at the local community.

We welcome advertising from all organisations across the Islands and beyond aiming to provide services to those on the Islands.

One of the first two items involves Tighean Innse Gall which is piloting the first of its Rent to Buy schemes in the Western Isles this August.

Residents from the Goathill and Springfield roads area of Stornoway gathered in force last night (Thursday July 11th) to celebrate the contributions to community life made by local residents.

Bella and the Bear like telling fairy stories and the past year has seen them acting out their fantasy.

Formed in 2014, their first EP ‘Once Upon a Time’ was released in April to critical acclaim and they have supported Scottish rap outfit Hector Bizerk who have become champions of their music.

Next week the duo perform at their first festival, having secured a prestigious stage slot at the 20th anniversary Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway via success in the annual CalMac Culture Music contest.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has raised concerns over proposals to cease the blood collection services at Stornoway and Campbeltown and to reduce services at Lochgilphead.

In a review on rural service provision, the Scottish National Blood Tranfusion Service will no longer make visits to Stornoway or Campbeltown due to logistical issues and will reduce its number of visits to Lochgilphead from twice a year to once a year.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has expressed his concern at physiotherapy provision in the Western Isles, following representations made to him from concerned parents.

A large number of frustrated parents and carers attended a Paediatric Physiotherapy Event at the Caberfeidh Hotel to discuss the issue with NHS Western Isles and the Integrated Joint Board. 

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Point and Sandwick Trust, in collaboration with a number of industry partners (Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM, CMAL, Johnston Carmichael and Ferguson Marine) have published a feasibility study to assess the suitability of using hydrogen produced from local wind farms to power future ferry services operating in the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland.

Of the nine routes analysed, the highest-scoring route using a small ferry on a short crossing was from Barra to Eriskay and the highest scoring route using a large ferry on a long crossing was from  Stornoway to Ullapool.

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar has been fined and told to improve its health and safety practices after a boy suffered chemical burns while playing on the pier at Valtos last summer.

A spokesman for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “"The Comhairle pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and promptly investigated the incident and reported it to the Health and Safety Executive. 

A COUNCILLOR who failed to register his interests in a company has been sanctioned by Scotland’s ethics watchdog.

Councillor Finlay Cunningham, an independent member for Na Hearadh agus Ceann A Deas nan Loch on Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, has been censured by the Standards Commission for Scotland (SCS) for not notifying the council of his 33% stake in a company, JRFC Properties, which he shares with two family members.

A three-strong panel of SCS members formally reprimanded Councillor Cunningham at a Public Hearing in Edinburgh on Tuesday 3rd July.

 
With just a month to go until the Harris Tweed Hebrides Tattoo in Stornoway, preparations for the two day musical extravaganza are in full swing.
The event, organised by the Stornoway Amenity Trust, will take place on August 8th and 9th and will feature eight pipebands including six time world champions the Simon Fraser University Pipeband (SFU) from Vancouver.
The Friday evening Tattoo on Lews Castle Green will feature the pipebands as well as a Drum Major display team from the International School of Scottish Drum Majors led by Billy Jordan of Scottish Power Pipe Band. There will also be performances by local dancers, horse displays, the arrival of the Vikings from Shetland and a spectacular fireworks finale.
This will be followed by a Grand Concert in Lewis Sports on the Saturday featuring SFU, North Uist singer Julie Fowlis, The Lochies, Sambayabamba and many more.
Tickets are already selling fast and more than half of the tickets for the Grand Concert have already been snapped up.
The Tattoo is part of the Scottish Year of Homecoming programme and received funding for the event as well as the PWF Callanish Stones Marathon and the Hebridean Celtic Festival.
Local children are also being asked to play a part in this summer’s Tattoo and the Trust are organising a Primary School Fancy Dress Competition for individuals and schools entries.
The individual competition is open to any primary school pupil in the Western Isles and £50 will be awarded to the winner; £25 for 2nd place and £10 for third.
A School Competition will also be held and the Tatù Innse Gall Fancy Dress Shield will be awarded to the best collective entry of at least ten fancy dressed pupils from a Western Isles Primary School.
Special school art boards are currently on display around Stornoway town centre celebrating the staging of the Tattoo.
 

Tickets are on sale in Stornoway Tourist Information Centre or online.
 
Polo shirts listing all the acts at this year’s Tattoo will be available at the end of this month in the Harris Tweed Hebrides shop in Stornoway and also at the event in August.
 

Tattoo on Lews Castle Green - August 8th, 7:30pm

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band
Northern Constabulary Community Pipe Band 
Lewis Pipe Band 
Isle of Skye Pipe Band 
Uist Pipe Band 
Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band 
Strathaven and District Pipe Band 
Ullapool and District Pipe Band 
Drum Major Display led by Drum Major of Scottish Power Pipe Band 

Lynn Maclean Dancers
Sharon Mackinnon Dancers 
Barr a' Dannsa
Uist and Barra dancers
Claire Wilson dancers

Isle Dance

Sambayabamba
Pony and Riding Club display
Shetland Vikings 
Gaelic choirs
Firework display

Grand Concert in Lewis Sports Centre on 9th August 

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in concert
Julie Fowlis and band
The Lochies
Sambayabamba
Dannsa Rathaid
Gaelic choirs

Isle Dance

 

Barra a'Dannsa

A couple from Nottinghamshire have completed the project of a lifetime in Harris.

80-year-old Peter and 79-year-old Pat Dixon have spent the last 40 years visiting the 708 villages listed in the Reader’s Digest Book of British Villages.

Peter told welovestornoway.com: “We bought the book from a book club and went to visit a village that was quite near to where we lived.

A couple from Nottinghamshire have completed the project of a lifetime in Harris.

80-year-old Peter and 79-year-old Pat Dixon have spent the last 40 years visiting the 708 villages listed in the Reader’s Digest Book of British Villages.

Peter told welovestornoway.com: “We bought the book from a book club and went to visit a village that was quite near to where we lived.

Traffic heading out of Stornoway towards Back and Barvas may expect delays as the road remains one-way only past the scene of a traffic accident this morning (Friday July 26th).  Around midday, traffic queues had backed as far as the Manor roundabout. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus B MacNeil is writing to the UK Government’s Minister of State for Immigration, Brandon Lewis MP calling on him to step in to help the West Coast fishing industry as they struggle with a shortage of crew and to meet with fishing representatives.

In March, Mr MacNeil hit out at the Home Office for failing to consider reintroducing a scheme which would allow non-European Economic Area workers to work in the industry.

CalMac is struggling to put together a service for passengers leaving or arriving on Barra this week, after the MV Isle of Lewis was shipped off to Clydeside for urgent repairs.

The timetable between Castlebay and Oban has been patchy over past days, with technical problems on the ageing ferry scrambling the timetable.

A crofting law expert has called for a ‘focused and detailed investigation’ into how and why the Crofting Commission handled the Mangersta situation in the manner that they did.

Brian Inkster, of Inkster Solicitors, welcomed the Commission’s U-turn on their stance in respect of Mangersta Common Grazings.

They no longer appear to be insisting that funds held by the grazings committee must be paid out to individual shareholders, the grazings constable has stepped down and the shareholders are free to appoint a new committee.

Melissa Proverbs is in one of the final - and one of the most crucial - stages of her all-natural bath and body product business, and she’s looking for some help from local people and businesses - within the next 26 days - to get everything up-and-running. 

Since last year, she has completed two diplomas, which gave her insight into how to make cosmetic products safely, and, with a chronic illness leaving her unfit to work set hours, she hopes to make this business into a career that she can cater to her own capabilities, whilst providing something valuable to people, both locally and further afield.

She hopes the products - made out of only the finest, unrefined ingredients - will be an appealing alternative to the often junk-filled lotions and potions that you can find on the shelves. 

Says Melissa: “There is a great call these days for natural and organic cosmetics and bath products, but I feel there is a lack of transparency in the way they are marketed.

I aim to provide luxury products that are designed to pamper and work with you using ingredients that are carefully selected from all over the world, and blended to perfection.

I only use the greenest and lowest in terms of sensitivity and toxicity, and I am forever researching for newer, more natural alternatives.”

She has invested her own money in the business over the last year to grow it as much as she can, but she needs a little help to go further: 

“I am now at the stage where my products require testing by an accredited laboratory, which is the main expense I face. After this, I will require labels with more design input, more packaging (outer) and marketing. I do fully intend to keep on financing my project, but due to my financial situation it means I have to do it in stages, which prolongs the development of it.”

She’s looking to raise £3500: “People can pledge as little as a pound, and it works by you having 30 days to reach or exceed the target. If you don’t [reach the target] nobody gets charged a penny, and nothing gets taken until the 8th August if I do reach it. There is a reward for those who pledge £20 or more - I will send a selection of samples once I have have launched and they have been tested. I will also personally send my thanks to anyone who pledges anything at all.”

To read more, or to back this project, click here.

Fish of the week at Harbour Seafoods: well this week it's crustacean and mollusc of the week with fresh lobster and mussels!

Locally grown mussels and lobster caught off the Hebridean coast, we are spoilt up here with the best seafood - what more could you want on a summer's evening with a glass of crisp, cool white wine to wash it down.

Dougie Maclean (Photo: Josh Cameron)

Organisers of the 22nd Hebridean Celtic Festival are celebrating another resounding success for the four-day event which has delivered lasting positive economic and cultural impact for its host community.
Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “Our 22nd festival was a great success. The beautiful weather added to the wonderful atmosphere in and around the arena and the feedback from the artists, audience and traders has been extremely positive, demonstrating the enormous benefit to the community the festival undoubtedly brings.
“It is a relaxed, chilled out occasion and, with the kids running around enjoying themselves too, it provides a superb family experience.

A new network of cycle trails could be created across the Outer Hebrides.

Jonny Murray and Jan Schouten from cyclist-transport provider HebShuttle have created Hebridean X Trails to ensure that the Outer Hebrides can take full advantage of growth in cyclocross and mountain biking activities.

Cyclocross and mountain-biking contribute significantly to Scottish tourism numbers and Scotland is recognised as being among the best destinations in the world for both.

Organisers of the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle have made a plea for care from drivers, over the three days of their annual epic cycle the length of the Western Isles.

A group of 32 cyclists will set off from the Butt of Lewis lighthouse at 8am tomorrow (Wednesday July 10th), heading for the pier in Castlebay, Barra over a three-day cycle. The 175-mile route is split down into sections, with dedicated rest and overnight stops, and is all on main roads – hence the plea for driver patience.

Organisers of the 2019 Butt to Barra charity cycle have made a plea for care from drivers, over the three days of their annual epic cycle the length of the Western Isles.

A group of 32 cyclists will set off from the Butt of Lewis lighthouse at 8am tomorrow (Wednesday July 10th), heading for the pier in Castlebay, Barra over a three-day cycle. The 175-mile route is split down into sections, with dedicated rest and overnight stops, and is all on main roads – hence the plea for driver patience.


The Butt to Barra charity cyclists are battling the odds today (Thursday July 11th) on the second and longest day of their top-to-bottom challenge.

Thirty cyclists left the Butt of Lewis lighthouse yesterday morning, with cloudy conditions failing to dampen spirits for day one. Led off by Hector Mackay, the posse stopped for a break at Barvas filling station and Alistair Glover of Bespoke Bicycles helped make some minor adjustments before setting off again for Stornoway at lunchtime.

Top holiday website skyskanner.net has listed Dalmore beach as eighth on its list of top UK beaches. 

The website says: "One half of Lewis and Harris, the largest island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, the Isle of Lewis is home to plenty of wildlife, including golden eagles and red deer.  Being an island that’s battered by the North Atlantic, there are also tons of sweet surf spots catering for all levels, including Dalmor and Dalbeag Beaches.   You might want to pack a pretty thick wetsuit though as these waters get pretty nippy!"

Check out the full list here.

 


Highland dancers from all over Scotland are heading for Lewis this weekend, as the biggest ever Hebridean Celtic Dance Festival kicks off on Saturday (July 20th).

Hosted by the Lynn Maclean School of Dancing, the annual event has been drawn into the HebCelt fringe programme and has attracted the highest number of entries since it began in 2012.

Daniel Macalpine, pictured with his mother Ruth, has already signed up at Stornoway Library to be a Mischief Maker.

Libraries in the Western Isles are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Mischief Makers, the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland 2018. 

Tributes are being paid to Donald Macdonald, the former Harris councillor, who passed away suddenly yesterday (Sunday).

Mr Macdonald, from Scalpay, was 68 years old.

Elected to the Comhairle in 1990, serving until 2007, Mr Macdonald was councillor for the Scalpay, Bays, and Harris East electoral wards.

The Sound of Harris ferry is being delayed by sea fog today (Thursday July 11th).

CalMac earlier warned that the 10.25am from Berneray and 11.40am from Leverburgh would be running late, because of slow passage on the early morning crossings, caused by poor visibility.

The Sound of Harris ferry is being delayed by sea fog today (Thursday July 11th).

CalMac earlier warned that the 10.25am from Berneray and 11.40am from Leverburgh would be running late, because of slow passage on the early morning crossings, caused by poor visibility.

The Leanne Fund Committee dipped a toe at Bayble Beach to kick off the fundraising challenge

Summer is here and The Leanne Fund are asking those out and about to take a dip and help raise funds to support those with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

The Leanne Fund committee kicked off the challenge last week with a paddle on Bayble Beach, Isle of Lewis.

And it couldn't be easier to support the charity by dipping a toe in the water.

Creelmen from Lewis and Harris who are among the first to receive the personal distress beacons.  Front row left is Norma Macleod, widow of Iain Mervyn Macleod. Centre is Duncan Macinnes, training manager with Western Isles Fisheries Training Association Front right is Amy Macleod, Iain Mervyn's daughter
 
A group of Western Isles creel fishermen are being issued with free lifesaving distress alarms thanks to local fundraising efforts in memory of a colleague, Iain Mervyn Macleod.

Mr Macleod drowned, aged 44, in a tragic accident in the sea at Great Bernera, off Lewis, in 2013. 

The family set up a fundraising campaign called Motivated by Mervyn in his memory and embarked on events such as a 5K run, ceilidhs and café nights to generate money. 

The main focus is to help supply fishermen with safety equipment.

In the first distribution round, some 32 satellite-activated distress personal locator beacons (PLB) are being donated to shellfish fishermen in Lewis and Harris who work at sea on their own.

Creelmen from Lewis and Harris who are among the first to receive the personal distress beacons.  Front row left is Norma Macleod, widow of Iain Mervyn Macleod. Centre is Duncan Macinnes, training manager with Western Isles Fisheries Training Association Front right is Amy Macleod, Iain Mervyn's daughter
 
 A group of Western Isles creel fishermen are being issued with free lifesaving distress alarms thanks to local fundraising efforts in memory of a colleague, Iain Mervyn Macleod.
 Mr Macleod drowned, aged 44, in a tragic accident in the sea at Great Bernera, off Lewis, in 2013.  The family set up a fundraising campaign called Motivated by Mervyn in his memory and embarked on events such as a 5K run, ceilidhs and café nights to generate money.  The main focus is to help supply fishermen with safety equipment.
In the first distribution round, some 32 satellite-activated distress personal locator beacons (PLB) are being donated to shellfish fishermen in Lewis and Harris who work at sea on their own.

With so much happening around Stornoway this week don’t forget the Stornoway RNLI Open Day this Saturday (July 22nd)!
Open Day Saturday kicks off with the Stornoway Lifeboat Family 5K Fundraiser, organised by Steven Munro from Lewis Sports Centre and sponsored by Stornoway Round Table – and there’s a prize awarded for ‘Family with the Most Members’ to complete the 5K course, from Stornoway RNLI Station, across the YM Bridge into Lews Castle Grounds, passed the Castle and out to Sober Island then back again.
The Family 5K starts at 11am – with registration open from 10am – and entry is £5 for adults, £2 for secondary pupils, and £1 for primary pupils. Please note, all primary aged children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all time.


The Bernera boyhood of Donald Macleod is to be celebrated with the launch of a new bilingual book from Stornoway publishers Acair next month.

Eadar Dà Shaoghal: Between Two Worlds is based on Donald’s successful Radio nan Gaidheal series of the same name, vividly portraying the sights, sounds and emotions of his boyhood on the Isle of Bernera, Lewis.

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A new exhibition opened at Morven Gallery on Saturday July 28th.

The main display area shows work by Margaret Stevenson, of Gallery 5, Tolsta Chaolais, in an exhibition which is called ‘Sunlight and Shadows’.

In the gallery area through beyond the cafe area is Donald Libby’s first exhibition of his seafront buildings.

Police are appealing for information from anyone who was out and about on Westview Terrace in the early hours of this morning (Monday July 30th), after a glass door panel was smashed.

The pane of glass was broken in the front door of a house, sometime after 12.30am today. The resident reported the incident to police, but saw and heard nothing and could not say exactly when it took place.

Police are asking anyone who may have been around the area and seen anyone acting suspiciously to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.

 Donald Martin and Matt Bruce with Foyer service users, staff and committee members. 

Western Isles Foyer, the charity which supports homeless and other vulnerable young people in the islands, is celebrating a double recognition – the award of Investors in Young People status and a very good report from the Care Inspectorate.

To mark the occasion, Foyer hosted a tea party in the sun at their premises in Bayhead, Stornoway, for all of their service users, staff and committee members. 

The Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Donald Martin, attended the event to present the Investors in Young People award to Foyer, and was full of praise for the work they do with young people aged 16 to 26. 

It’s typical of Dougie MacLean that, when one door temporarily closes, he finds the keys to two other openings.

The time he - with wife Jenny – would normally spend on preparing for the annual Perthshire Amber Festival of which she is director but which they have shelved this year after 12 successful events, will instead be used to put the finishing touches to a new CD and continuing to work on the songs and script for a musical.

That’s in addition to his ongoing writing and touring, as well as recording programmes on his own TV station for his legions of fans around the world.

A man has been disqualified from driving after police found him to be driving with alcohol in his system in the early hours of last Wednesday (July 10th)

The 54-year-old was stopped while driving in Bunavonader at 4.05am on Wednesday, and appeared in court from custody the same day. He pled guilty and was handed the ban on the spot.

A crackdown on driver behaviour around the Isle of Lewis led to 44 drivers being fined or reported for road traffic offences over the weekend.

The Road Traffic Policing unit from Dingwall was in action between Friday July 19th and Sunday July 21st as part of the continuing Operation Cedar, aimed at improving safety on the roads in the Highlands and Islands.

Two homes in Stornoway were searched for drugs between Tuesday and Thursday this week (July 10th to 12th) after police were issued with warrants to carry out the searches.

Officers found a quantity of possible illegal or controlled substances at both addresses and these have been sent for testing.

If the items found test positive, reports will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

From busking in the streets of Dublin, to recording songs for a new album in Nashville, Hudson Taylor are constantly revising their career goals.

On the way, the brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor have also earned a growing reputation and following, played some major festivals, including Glastonbury and Cambridge and supported acts including Jake Bugg, Hozier and Kodaline.

More than 70 walkers will pound the pavements from Dusk till Dawn on the Isle of Lewis this Friday night to complete an epic 50k challenge in aid of The Leanne Fund.

The first Dusk2Dawn event took place in 2014 and raised more than £13,000 for the charity which supports those affected by Cystic Fibrosis and their families.

The team will set off from Perceval Square at 8pm and the route will take them through Lews Castle Grounds; around Newvalley, Laxdale and Benside; back on to the streets of Stornoway before heading out to Point taking them through Upper & Lower Bayble; before ploughing on around Knock and hitting the home straight back to the town centre via Plasterfield.

An Eat Safe Award has been presented to the Isle of Harris Distillery Canteen.

The award is given by the Environmental Health Service of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in conjunction with Food Standards Scotland.

Island weatherman Eddie Graham set out on a 500-mile cycling challenge from the Butt of Lewis yesterday (Wednesday July 4th) – and he picked the hottest day of the year to start.

Eddie is raising money for the BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders) charity, and plans to visit every inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides, a total of 175 miles, before crossing to the mainland to complete the 500-mile cycle.

Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust statement on Beinn Mhor Wind Farm project

The Trustees of MCWFT were disappointed to receive confirmation in October 2014 of ENGIE’s (formerly GDF SUEZ) decision to discontinue its plans to build a 130MW wind farm on Eishken due to external delays, in particular the Western Isles transmission link.  

On June 23rd representatives from MCWFT met with ENGIE to discuss an amicable end to the contractual arrangements between the two parties.  It was agreed that ENGIE would make a final payment of £1.92million.  This money will be used to continue the work of the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, safeguarding the availability of funding for community development projects in the area. 

Iain MacIver, MCWFT Chairperson, said: “The prospect of securing this significant payment, without exposing the community to any financial risk, is now a comforting reality.  ENGIE have to be commended for the way in which they have dealt with us, honouring their obligations in the process.  Of added encouragement is the prospect of another developer now stepping in to complete the windfarm.  Fundamental to that happening is the long awaited subsea link to the mainland needed to unlock the Island’s energy resource”. 

Steve Riley, CEO & President of Energy UK-Turkey for ENGIE, commented: “It was disappointing that we were unable to pursue the wind farm project due to a number of external delays. It is important to us that we honour our commitments to the local community and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Trust.”

MCWFT continues to work closely with the Landlord of the Eishken Estate to secure further benefit for our area.  Should there be a wind farm development on Eishken, the Landlord has undertaken to require the new developer to pay an additional annual payment of 1% of windfarm revenue, estimated to be worth over £600,000 per annum to the Trust.  

 

With the likely energisation date for grid connected projects now envisaged for 2020, the Trust will continue to efficiently manage its existing fund, as well as being conscious of the arrangement with the Western Isles Development Trust. 

Job vacancy: Electoral Canvasser - Barra

You are required to assist the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) with the annual canvass of electors and all year round canvassing. 

You will be required to visit assigned properties and make attempts to obtain completed registration application forms, advising members of the public on the completion. You must ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times and comply with procedures and policies outlined by the Electoral Registration Officer relating to equal opportunities and diversity.

The Big Minch Swim ended in drama in the early hours of this morning (Monday July 9th), with emergency services scrambled to find Stornoway swimmer Colin Macleod, declared missing at sea less than a mile from the shore.

Stornoway Coastguard received a call at 11.45pm from the skipper of the support vessel Harvest Moon, saying that Ullapool swimmer Norman Todd had been pulled from the sea exhausted and Colin had gone on alone, but the support kayaker had lost sight of him and he could not be seen from any of the support vessels.

Stornoway Coastguard scrambled Stornoway rescue helicopter R948 and Stornoway RNLI lifeboat, at the same time issuing a general call for assistance.  

A new centre for cancer patients and their families is to be supported by this year’s emergency services charity football match, scheduled for Saturday 10th August.

Western Isles Community Care Initiative (WICCI) announced the new initiative last month, as a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Care. The new premises will offer a space for group activities and individual continuing support, including counselling and complementary therapies, and the fitting out costs will be supported by this year’s 999 match.

Exam Drop-in – Wednesday 8th August 2018

Drop by the college on Wednesday 8th August between 4.30pm and 6pm to explore your options once your exam results are out!

However local mums choose to feed their baby is their decision but it is so important that mums are able to access good quality breastfeeding support.

Whether they are already breastfeeding, antenatal mothers hoping to breastfeed in the future, or even if they have previously tried, stopped and are thinking of trying again.

The Stornoway RNLI family are delighted to invite everyone to come and enjoy the Lifeboat Station's annual Open Day and Family 5K Fundraiser this Saturday (July 16th).

Great fun was had by all in what proved to be a record-breaking Open Day last summer, with over 1,000 visiting the local Station and Lifeboat, and raising nearly £5,000 for Stornoway RNLI.

Open Day Saturday 2016 kicks off with the Stornoway RNLI Family 5K Fundraiser, organised by Steven Munro from Lewis Sports Centre, and sponsored by Stornoway Round Table.

A Family Fun Day will be held on August 12th to formally launch the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery.
Organisers Western Isles Community Society (WICS) say the response in the two weeks since tickets went on sale has been extremely positive.
WICS’ Facebook following and local business interest has continued to steadily rise with ticket sales getting closer to the half way point of the initial target.
In celebration, WICS have rescheduled their FAMILY FUN DAY LAUNCH EVENT for Saturday 12th August at 4pm in the Stornoway town centre.

The family of a fisherman missing after the sinking of the fishing vessel 'Louisa' have started legal proceedings to have him officially declared dead.

Despite extensive searches, the body of skipper Paul Alliston (42), from Lochs, has never been recovered.

Faclan - the Hebridean Book Festival returns on 31 October and Early Bird tickets are available now.

‘Fear, from unease and foreboding to outright terror’, is the theme of this year’s Faclan which will open on Hallowe’en, 31 October.

Faclan is one of the flagship cultural events at An Lanntair and draws audiences and top-level authors from across the UK.

A full four days of sea-going celebration is planned for the Isle of Harris from Wednesday (24th July) as the 2019 Feis na Mara gets under way.

The festival of the sea starts with the official openings of the Isle of Harris Marina, with events at both Tarbert and Scalpay pontoons at 11am and 12 noon on Wednesday. Traditional boats will gather in Tarbert and there’ll be market stalls on the quay, as well as an on-the-water day run by Lewis and Harris Youth Association.

The Loch Seaforth ferry will become a floating cèilidh house for thousands of music fans heading to this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival.

CalMac Ferries, operators of the Ullapool-Stornoway service, have agreed a new, three-year sponsorship deal with HebCelt, which is being held for the 24th time in Lewis and Harris this summer.

Young people have the chance to get involved in two different weeks of Gaelic music, language and culture coming up in Lewis later this month - Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich (Stornoway) and Fèis an Rubha (Point).

Youngsters in Harris enjoyed their opportunities earlier this month as Fèis Eilean na Hearadh took place from 1st-5th July. 

The event provided children from nursery age right through to secondary school with the opportunity to learn a new instrument, speak Gaelic and participate in other activities including drama, sports and arts and crafts. 

CalMac has so far successfully moved more than 650 bookings which were scheduled to sail on Friday (July 10) which is threatened by RMT strike action.
The company is continuing to contact the remaining passengers booked to travel on the day to try and rearrange their travel plans.

A former Scottish Office minister has called for an independent review of “current and future issues affecting west coast ferry services”. 

Brian Wilson, who lives on the Isle of Lewis and chairs one of the island’s largest employers, Harris Tweed Hebrides, says: “It is completely unfair on CalMac Ferries and the people who work for them that they are at the sharp end of every crisis while the causes are largely outside their control”

He said the review should take place “outside the political arena”.

Heb Celt Site Manager/Director Iain Macphail, Cal Mac Staff: Callan Sloan, Robert Urquhart, George Lightbody, Dot Wisniewska, Dolanna Macleod with HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan

 The Ullapool-Stornoway ferry is being temporarily renamed in honour of the flagship Hebridean Celtic Festival that opens on Wednesday July 18 and is heading for a sell-out.

During this week, the Loch Seaforth will be known as the HebCelt Ferry as it carries thousands of festival-goers to and from the award-winning event.

A huge exodus of music-lovers leaving the Isle of Lewis after the close of Hebridean Celtic Festival has been declared a success by CalMac’s Stornoway ferry port manager.

Over five sailings between 6am on Sunday (July 21st) and 2pm yesterday, the MV Loch Seaforth carried over 2,500 passengers and 500 cars, vans and motorhomes from Stornoway to Ullapool.

The blocking of Shell Street in Stornoway by traffic queuing to get on the Ullapool ferry is sparking top-level reaction - and pleas to travellers to arrive earlier for their ferries, rather than all bunching up in the last few minutes before the deadline.

Plans are being developed by the Stornoway Port Authority, CalMac and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to reduce congestion around Stornoway ferry terminal.

The introduction of the Loch Seaforth on the route saw an increase in traffic around the Stornoway ferry terminal, and this together with later arriving vehicles, has seen traffic jams during the early morning and lunchtime check-in periods.

A thin blue line of youth volunteers helped the Hebridean Celtic Festival run smoothly this week.

Advance tickets for HebCelt’s milestone 25th festival in 2020 go on sale today (Friday, 26 July) to meet demand from fans, just days after another successful event ended.

Early bird weekend tickets for arena shows on 15-18 July next year will be available from noon from the festival website www.hebceltfest.com

The flags were out in Stornoway yesterday afternoon as final preparations were being made for the 2017 Hebridean Celtic Festival

Award-winning singer songwriter KT Tunstall took a ride in an electric car to support HebCelt’s drive to improve the environment which also includes working with Lewis Wind Power and Essence of Harris.

Cable-laying ship starts work off the Braighe.

Councillor Alasdair Macleod at the official cable-laying ceremony.

The fibre optic cable starts to stretch out towards the mainland.

Quite a crowd out for historic moment as work begins.

Staff at the Stornoway TalkTalk call centre are to be given a farewell dinner by their bosses before the doors close on the centre.

A total of 59 employees were handed their notice after broadband services company decided in January that their Stornoway centre was to close.

 

Members of Stornoway's fire and rescue service attended a blaze on disused land beside Rigs Road this morning.

 

Come along to the first Lewis Carnival Ceilidh.

Tickets on sale at Intermedia Services (Sign Print entrance).

£10 per ticket - limited tickets available!

Welcome drinks by Harris Gin, bar by the North Uist Distillery.

This was the first moment of the Hebridean Celtic Festival for 2015 as Alasdair White, from Tong, headed a band of eight, playing tunes of his own composition, put together especially for HCF 2015.

Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil has written to the Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis asking him to go and meet with fishing groups in the West coast of Scotland to deal with crewing issues.

Mr MacNeil said: “Yet again we have seen another boat lose a perfectly capable fisherman from Ghana due to the spurious argument that they are not fishing outside the 12 mile limit which the UK Government calls international waters.

"Calling out with the 12 mile limit, international waters is a very interesting concept given that post-Brexit the UK Government wants to have control of waters up to 200 miles.

Five singers from Lewis will be off to Gothenburg in Sweden at the beginning of August, to take part in a Eurovision singing competition.

The Eurovision choir competition is being organised by the people behind the massive song contest and is being held for only the second time this year.

Western Isles Commissioner Iain MacIver congratulates Dennis McGonnell

The Crofting Commission has successfully let five vacant croft tenancies to new entrants, who have vowed to use the land and ensure it is not neglected.

"We terminated four tenancies in the Western Isles and one in Glen Torridon, as the tenants were not complying with their duty to be resident and the landlords failed to let the crofts within the necessary timescales," said a spokesman.

Planning application to build a memorial to the lost Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers has been submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The proposed plans have been made by Breasclete Community Council, which hopes to hear success on funding applications to Creative Scotland and LEADER by the end of this month.

Designed by James Crawford, the memorial monument is set to represent the Flannan Islands and Lighthouse through a bronze wave sweeping over a sandstone lighthouse sitting on top of a Lewisian gneiss boulder.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an amber flood warning for the Western Isles tonight (Monday July 22nd).

The warning, issued at 3.44pm today, says: “A period of heavy rain may affect the area on Monday evening and overnight, which could cause flooding impacts from surface water and small watercourses. This could include flooding to low-lying land and roads with difficult driving conditions.


Point Agricultural Society issued an urgent call for help yesterday (Wednesday July 17th) after strong winds took hold of one of their marquees and blew it into the community centre at Aird.

Tiumpanhead Community Centre’s gable end wall took the brunt of the impact as the large marquee flew across the showground. When it was spotted by neighbours, it was wrapped round the centre and across the roof.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has written to the chief executives of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and NHS Eilean Siar asking them to assure him that they have measures in place to deal with risks associated with food allergies.

Mr Cameron acted after research undertaken by the Scottish Conservatives indicated that neither council nor health board provides training courses for their staff or the public.

To coincide with 2015 being the year of Food and Drink in Scotland, a special cooking demonstration was held in Perceval Square this afternoon. 

Led by top chefs Alasdair Macleod and Maggie Mackenzie, the demonstration took place as the town basked in glorious sunshine - the exact opposite of recent weather forecasts.

Tonight, rockers Idlewild will headline the main tent on the Castle Green. 

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, along with Caledonian MacBrayne, Police Scotland and the Stornoway Port Authority are encouraging travellers to make bus and ferry bookings well in advance of travel.

Caledonian MacBrayne have already announced that foot passengers require a booking for the 16th-24th of July due to the high volume of passengers expected on islands ferries for the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

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Donald Macdonald, the former rector of the Nicolson Institute, has died.

Mr Macdonald was 78, and had been admitted to Bethesda Care Home and Hospice on Monday. 

He lived at 10 Cross Skigersta Road in Ness, and was married to Janette.

They had three adult children - Laura, Alison, and Ewan.

As a mark of respect, the Nicolson flag is flying at half mast today.

The free Scottish Citylink bus picked up its first passengers today. Photo: Fiona Rennie

A free shuttle bus service is sure to strike a chord with music fans attending this week’s Hebridean Celtic Festival.

For the first time in its 21-year history, the service, sponsored by Scottish Citylink, will be running during festival week, allowing festival goers to get to and from the main arena.

David Frenz, operations director for Scottish Citylink Coaches, said: “We're delighted to be able to support this important event that has been the focus of the community's summer for more than 20 years.

A series of free, live concerts featuring some of the leading performers at the Hebridean Celtic Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal next week.

Festival headliners Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan will be among those to feature in the broadcasts, which will be aired during festival week from 19-22 July.

At the Fisherman's Co-op: all you need to freshen up the boat before taking it out to (hopefully) get your own supper.

Being a chandlers you expect to find lots of bits for boats but with a vast array of paints and varnishes you can brighten up the boat and anti-foul below the water-line while the sun is shining, replace any worn ropes and anything else you need. The catch is up to you but at least you'll have a vessel any old sea-dog would be proud to sail in.

And if you don't have a boat many there's metal paint, wood stain and plenty more for those DIY projects.

The new international arts festival and Carnival for Harris is on next week, Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th August, showcasing the best of local talent alongside visiting Scottish and International actors, singers, musicians and visual artists (The full Festival programme is below).

Stornoway-based Rural Nations have been able to secure Creative Europe funding to develop this new Arts Festival and Carnival as part of a collaborative project with five other international theatre companies including artists from Sweden, Latvia, France and Portugal.

The Festival presents a wide range of tastes in music and performance catering for local people and visitors, with the aim of presenting Harris as a creative and exciting place to live and to showcase our unique Gaelic culture alongside international performances from visiting international partners. The Creative Industries are a major part of island life and economy in Harris with many skilled artists, musicians and craft makers living on the islands.

It was fun in the sun for HebCelt festival-goers yesterday as Stornoway's annual music party was bathed in sky splitting sunshine!

And the sunshine has stayed for revellers again today as the HebCelt 2017 gears up for its finale.

Digital Scotland partners today announced the next areas to see fibre broadband rolled out – including a number in the Western Isles.

New areas locally where work will be starting in the next six months are Balallan, Caman, Gravir, Grogarry, Locheport and Sollas.

And the number of new fibre broadband cabinets to be built and taking orders in the Outer Hebrides is 46.

Gael Force Group have established a base in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, to serve aquaculture producers in the province and across Atlantic Canada with their high quality and robust range of marine equipment, technology and services. 

More than 40 Gaelic-speaking youngsters will be heading for Staffin on Skye, and Scaladale in Harris in the coming fortnight to join the ‘Sradagan’ camps run by Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG).

There will be 21 children at each camp, from 7 to 12 years old, participating in a wide-ranging programme of activities.

Meeting the growing demand for increased resources for BBC ALBA can deliver for both audiences and the Scottish creative economy, MPs have been told.

MG ALBA – which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC – said the opportunity to achieve parity for the Gaelic language channel with Welsh counterpart S4C had the potential to unlock substantial benefits for independent production sector as well as secure the future success of the channel amongst its core audience.

At a parliamentary event held at Westminster, MPs were told about the desire from Gaelic audiences for the new Royal Charter to enshrine a commitment from the BBC to commit to 10 hours of new programming for BBC ALBA per week – up from the current level of 4.2 hours.

Work has begun on adding Scottish Gaelic to Duolingo, a popular online language learning service.

The course is currently in Duolingo’s “incubator”, where language courses are constructed with the help of a community of volunteers, and has an expected completion date of July 17 2020.

Islands MSP, Alasdair Allan, started a campaign on this issue after being inspired by the success which the Irish language had on Duolingo.

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GAELIC CAFÉ RETURNS AGAIN TO GLASGOW’S BIGGEST MULTI ARTS FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER

Àirc, the pop-up Gaelic Café at Merchant City Festival opens on Saturday 25th July at 10am. 

A song trail following the story of Gaelic in Glasgow, a day of shinty-themed events including a special Ceilidh on Glasgow Green, and a celebration of Gaelic poetry held in Queen’s Park are among the highlights of a diverse programme of Gaelic Arts being presented this August as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

The programme is also taking place as part of Glaschu, an ongoing three year project that aims to highlight, share and explore the cultural, linguistic, historical and contemporary connections that Gaelic has with the city through events and a portal: glaschu.net.

On Saturday 11 August, a unique city trail beginning at Central Station at 2pm will share stories of Gaelic Glasgow through songs, performance, poetry and folklore. Join artists including Mary Ann Kennedy and Alasdair Whyte on the Glaschu Gaelic Song Trail for a walk that will explore this fascinating aspect of our city.

Eligible voters in the Aird, Uig area are reminded that the deadline for returning postal ballot papers for the Gallan Head Community Ballot is 4.00pm on Tuesday 28 July 2015.Electors should ensure they post their ballot papers in sufficient time to arrive by the deadline.

Completed postal ballot envelopes may also be handed in to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway by the deadline and they will be included in the count.  The counting of votes will take place in Committee Room 3, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway at 10.00am on Wednesday 29 July 2015 and the Count is open to the public.

Western Isles athletes raised the yellow banner of the islands with pride on Saturday evening (July 6th) as the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest Island Games got under way.

Carrying the flag for the Western Isles in the opening ceremony on Saturday night was assistant team manager Eve Carrington, who is at her eighth consecutive Island Games and who will compete in the women’s shot put and hurdles this week.

An island football referee has resigned and his colleagues are boycotting club matches in a row over an assault which threatens to overshadow the climax of the island football season.

Tomorrow’s (Friday July 27th) Eilean an Fhraoich cup final and some other matches have already been postponed.

The referee was assaulted by the 32-year-old man in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday July 15th.

An island football referee assaulted by a Lochs FC player has resigned and his colleagues are boycotting club matches, in a row which threatens to overshadow the climax of the island football season.

Tomorrow’s (Friday July 27th) Eilean an Fhraoich cup final and other matches have already been postponed and there’s no agreement between island footie supporters on what should happen next.

The referee was assaulted by the 32-year-old player in Stornoway town centre in the early hours of Sunday July 15th. The player was arrested, charged with assault and kept in custody over the weekend. He appeared in court the following day and was fined for the offence, which is no longer a police matter.

But the referee also raised the matter with the Lewis and Harris Football Association, who yesterday (Wednesday July 25th) issued a full account of their position. They expected action by the disciplinary committee of the Scottish Amateur Football Association (SAFA) and said they could not force a suspension of the player in question.

Western Isles athletes put in maximum effort at the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar yesterday (Tuesday July 9th), to achieve a raft of firsts for the team across their competitions.

The team are competing in the badminton event for the first time this year, and had something to celebrate when first Beth Macphail, and then the men’s doubles team of Kedar Paul and Davie Fraser notched up first wins for the islands.

A community garden on the outskirts of Stornoway is growing well, thanks to support from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust and a lot of time and energy on the part of local residents.

Bayview Community Gardens, organised by Mossend Residents Association, is looking more mature with every year that passes since it was established on derelict waste ground more than a decade ago.

It has been awarded grant funding of £2,239 from Point and Sandwick Trust, the community wind farm charity which runs the three turbines at Beinn Ghrideag, and this year’s money will go towards shed repairs and new maintenance equipment.

Exclusive interview with EVENTS feature writer Katie Macleod

 “I love chopping parsley!” laughs Gary Maclean, Scotland’s National Chef, when I ask what his favourite part of the cooking process is.

While seafood is one of his preferred ingredients – “it’s an enjoyable, rewarding thing to cook because it’s instantaneous, it’s really quick and timing is crucial” – in reality the Glasgow chef loves it all, from preparation to butchery skills to pastry.

Scotland’s National Chef and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean has cooked for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, and Billy Connolly, and in locations ranging from 10 Downing Street to Hollywood.

This year’s Lochs Show on Saturday (July 27th) is set to be bigger and better than ever – literally bigger as they have the Mighty Smith Show, Adrian Smith, three times Winner of UK’s Strongest Man Competition, on hand to wow everyone with his daring feats of strength. 

Jim the Magician and Bubbles the Clown will be touring the showground providing entertainment for all.  

Saturday 6th August: Pandejo (Carnival Night), Stornoway Sea Angling Club
Saturday 13th August: Rock N' Metal XIII, The Carlton Pub
Saturday 20th August: Oasis Tribute Night, Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club

With prosecco, Downpour Gin and cocktails!

Official opening: 12.30pm


 

Niall O’Gallagher is the first Bàrd Baile Ghlaschu/ Glasgow’s City Gaelic Poet Laureate, an appointment which runs until 31st October and is part of the Merchant City Festival’s Gaelic Literature and Song Trail.

Bard Baile Ghlaschu is a municipal role with a city profile and the Bard will be in post during the Royal National Mòd in October 2019. 

The post is based on the City’s Poet Laureate model, which is in the gift of the Lord Provost’s Office (Glasgow City Council).

A man who died in Glencoe at the weekend was originally from Lewis.

Fred Maclean (44) lived in Aberdeen but came from Shawbost.

Mr Maclean (pictured below) fell on the Aonach Eagach ridge on Saturday.

The number of households in the Western Isles is set to fall over the next 25 years, against a national background of increasing household numbers.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar is one of just four local authority areas in Scotland expected to see a reduction in household numbers, reflecting not only a lower population but also more households headed by people aged 70 or over, many living alone.

The figures were released yesterday (Wednesday July 11th) by National Records of Scotland, in a report called ‘Household projections for Scotland’.

A daring duo from the Isle of Lewis have raised nearly £5,000 for The Leanne Fund by completing the Peking to Paris Rally – and go home as winners of Gold status.

Setting off from the Great Wall outside Beijing on June 12th, Claudine Bloom and Andy Twort in their faithful 1965 Volvo Amazon model 122 car, Amy Amazon, finally reached Paris on July 17th after an epic journey across two continents.

They finished in the top section of drivers meaning they have Gold status – 14th overall and third in their class which Claudine said was ‘far far higher than our wildest dreams’.

Stornoway Golf Club last night (Sunday July 7th) joined in the public row over whether waste bins should be removed from the Castle Grounds.

On their Facebook Page, they stated:"One bit of positive news, folks.

"Stornoway Golf Club has just managed to secure grant funding in the main for 14 new litter bins (general waste/dog waste).

 

The crew of the Spirit of Falmouth, a star turn in Stornoway Harbour yesterday, spoke of the great welcome they had received on the Island - including a special mention of an excellent breakfast in the café in the Bayhead Bridge Centre. 

The crew - all but one of whom are ex-service veterans - mentioned the care given by the port with someone available to assist with mooring despite their early morning arrival.

And they explained they had found great sympathy and support from all the ports and communities they had visited in their long voyage from Falmouth in Cornwall up the east coast of the UK - with every port so far, waiving its mooring fees in support of their venture.

When nine-year-old Angus Campbell found a message in a bottle on the island of Pabbay in April, little did he know the amazing chain of events he had set in motion.

The message was from another little boy, from the Faroe Islands, and had been sent in 2012.

It read: “Hey, my name is Samuel. I have four brothers, two older, two younger. I like to play with my friends and like going to school. I hope someone finds this and writes me back.”

Music fans are getting in the spirit for this week’s Hebridean Celtic Festival with the help of a pop-up gin outlet at the event’s HQ in Stornoway.  The Isle of Harris Distillery has set up the outlet – the first outside its base in Tarbert – inside the HebCelt ticket office in Cromwell Street for festival week.

At the pop-up shop staff will sell the distinctive tipple and offer samples, while tasting sessions will be held at Julie’s Bar in the festival arena at 3pm, 4pm and 5.30pm on Friday, and 3pm and 4pm on Saturday. In addition, a cookery demonstration, using Isle of Harris gin in some recipes, will be set up at the distillery on Friday.

A Harris golfer is preparing to compete in the Disabled British Open this weekend.

Kenny ‘Kuna’ Morrison, from Scalpay, is a below-the-knee amputee, and previously competed in the 2009 Disabled British Open. 

Then, he admits he wilted in the pressure as the event was televised live on Sky Sports. 

The Harris Tweed Festival 2016 at An Lanntair arts centre continues apace in August with an array of tweed related events and performances.

Writing in the Festival programme, Chair of the Harris Tweed Authority, Norman L. Macdonald, said: “The Harris Tweed Festival 2016 gives us a very special opportunity to celebrate all that Harris Tweed is right here in its heartland.

“The Festival, conceived by An Lanntair as part of the Bealach Creative Place programme and the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, will bring together a host of different activities, events and people involved in every aspect of the industry.

Headlining acts for Hebridean Celtic Festival were caught up in ferry delays last night (Thursday July 19th), after a road accident closed the road south of Ullapool.

Passengers heading for Stornoway on yesterday afternoon’s 5.30pm sailing of the Loch Seaforth were brought to a halt after a fatal motorcycle accident. Police confirmed that a 50-year-old man died following the two-vehicle collision, on the A832 at Corrieshalloch Gorge, just south of Ullapool, yesterday at 2.30pm.

An impressive new £950,000 ‘health hub’, which brings together a range of healthcare services into the one location for the population of Harris, was officially opened this week.
Harris Health Hub was officially opened by Health Board Chair, Neil Galbraith, who stated that he had every confidence that the new facility would be widely regarded as a ‘centre of excellence’.

Walkers at Cuddy Point

The Big Fit Walk is a national campaign run by Scottish charity Paths for All, with the simple aim of encouraging people to walk more and experience the physical, mental and social benefits of a short walk. NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department held Big Fit Walks in Stornoway and Benbecula during June.
 

Scotland’s Minister for Gaelic is leading the applause for a music festival’s efforts to put the language centre stage.

The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival - which takes place this week - is a strong supporter of the Gaelic culture and makes sure it is seen and heard regularly during the four-day event.

The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival has been recognised for its economic and tourism impact on the islands in a motion to the Scottish Parliament, ahead of the event getting under way next week.

Rhoda Grant, a Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, has asked the Parliament to congratulate and commend the organisers and volunteers who run the not-for-profit event.

Music fans from home and abroad have helped an island music festival generate £20 million over the last two decades.

The award-winning Hebridean Cetic Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, attracted about 1,000 mainly local followers in its first year. However it now draws crowds of 15,000 annually to Stornoway, with half the total coming from outside the islands.

Over the years fans from over 100 countries have made the pilgrimage to the four-day festival – which this year is being held from 15-18 July – and they help double the population of the host town and provide the biggest money spinner for local businesses outside the festive season.

Professor Frank Rennie at the HebCelt Acoustic Stage

As a volunteer ambassador at this week’s Hebridean Celtic Festival, Frank Rennie has a good perspective on how important the event is to both visitors and the community.
His on-the-ground role gives him a valuable insight that is also useful in his day job, as Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at Lews Castle College UHI in the festival’s host town of Stornoway.
Prof Rennie, who is an assistant principal at the college, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, has been a festival volunteer for many years and this week is working with the team to ensure crowd safety.

Hayseed Dixie get set to rock the HebCelt big top tonight

The first album John Wheeler ever bought was ‘Whiskey Bent and Hellbound’, recorded by Hank Williams Jr. The second was ‘Highway to Hell’, by AC/DC.

The seemingly diverse musical roads converged and set him on a journey which led to the creation of a new genre and has to date seen him involved in more than 1,100 live shows in 31 different countries and the sale of over half a million albums worldwide.

John began creating his own country versions of rock songs while playing in college gigs and found they were popular with the audience. ‘Rockgrass’ was born and after moving to Nashville he met brothers Dale Reno and Don Wayne Reno to form the Kerosene Brothers who went on to record the album ‘A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC’, which sold over 100,000 copies.

It may be 20 years since Roddy Woomble helped form Idlewild, but recently he feels like he is fronting a new band.

The five-piece indie group he founded with Rod Jones as teenagers in Edinburgh in 1995, are touring again following the release of ‘Everything Ever Written’, their first album since 2009 and two years in the making after a three-year hiatus.

What brought them back together was just the desire to play music with each other again, says Roddy: “When we took a break from the band in 2010 we knew we’d be back with another record at some point. Five years seemed like a good gap. It’s almost like a new band now. To me anyway.”

Island music-lovers are being urged to pick up their tickets for the Hebridean Celtic Festival – before the big influx of visitors begins to swamp the shop.

Off-island festival-goers – both visitors and homecomers – are expected to begin arriving from Saturday, making the most of a holiday week in Lewis while the festival is on. That means Buth HebCelt will soon see queues forming and longer waits to pick up tickets.

A series of live concerts showcasing some of the leading performers at this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

The station is airing live shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 2p.m and 4p.m to highlight HebCelt’s biggest ever programme.  Today’s show takes place in the studio, but on Thursday and Friday the programmes will be broadcast live from Martin’s Memorial Hall.  Entry is free and everyone is encouraged to drop by to enjoy the sessions and experience the festival fun.

On Wednesday, singer Norrie MacIver, Mànran’s frontman, will be in the studio to talk about his debut album which will be launched at the festival this week.  Calum Alex Macmillan will also chat about performing with The Lochies, as well as his work with the festival over the years in his role as Development Officer with Fèisean nan Gaidheal.

Thursday’s concert features headliner Donnie Munro, The Magnolia Sisters, the Scott Wood Band, and Shellie Morris, while Friday’s line up includes Duncan Chisholm, and local singer-songwriter Eleanor Nicolson, among others.

“We are delighted to be working with HebCelt again on this series of programmes that will give a real flavour of the festival,” says BBC Radio nan Gàidheal music producer John Murray.  “There is an outstanding line-up of artists and we are excited about being able to share that with our listeners. We hope people will come along to the free concerts and enjoy some great music.”

“The Radio nan Gàidheal events are an annual attraction and an important part of HebCelt,” adds HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan.  “Broadcasting the concerts live means people in Stornoway, and those that can’t get here this week, get a real taste of what the festival is like and the calibre of musicians that will be on stage.”

 

One of the leading acts at the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s Gaelic Showcase is the Mischa MacPherson Trio, who have become a major force in the traditional music world after winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award earlier this year.

 

The Mischa Macpherson Trio will take to the stage at An Lanntair tonight (Friday 18th July) at a concert that will also feature Edinburgh-based singer Rachel Newton.

 

Mischa MacPherson, who hails from Sandwick, and bandmates Innes White and Conal McDonagh, from Dingwall and Poolewe, together create a magical, ethereal sound that takes its cues from the Gaelic tradition of their homes.

 

Fusing Mishca’s vocals and clarsach playing with the boys’ guitar, pipes, and whistle, the Trio’s talent was combined on the Fèis Rois International Ceilidh Trail in the summer of 2011.  They quickly formed a connection, and have since played at venues ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe to Celtic Connections, as well as at locations around the world; plans are already in place for performances in England, Norway, and Canada later this year.

 

“We would really like to travel more and get to see the world together as a band,” says Mischa. “Staying good friends and continuing to enjoy what we do is also really important for us.  We enjoy each other’s company and making music together – and right now we are making the most of the brilliant opportunities coming our way.”

 

“We absolutely love the travelling part.  My two loves in life are music and travelling and it’s the most incredible feeling to sit in a new country knowing that it’s music that has brought you to experience another little corner of the world.”

 

“However, we definitely don’t change the music depending on the location.  We like to keep our material true to how we would play it at home and I think people around the world often appreciate that more, especially with Gaelic songs.”

 

The Trio are equally as excited to be playing on what for Mischa is home turf, as they are to be performing at far-flung festivals.  Indeed one of 20-year-old Mischa’s earliest musical memories is of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, sitting on her father’s shoulders as he danced into the night on the Castle Green.

 

“HebCelt is a really special time of year for me.  I think I’ve only ever missed one or two festivals since they began,” says Mischa.  “My dad has taken me dutifully every year and I still always catch a concert or two with him.  It was there that I was introduced to a large and diverse range of inspirational musicians and probably where my love for Scottish music was reinforced.”

 

Last year Mischa took part in HebCelt when she sang with Lewis Women in An Lanntair, and says it is “just so exciting to be going up again this year with the Trio.  There’ll be plenty of songs from home and the Western Isles in our set as well as tunes and songs that we have picked up along the road.”

 

 

Tickets for tonight’s Gaelic Showcase, which begins at 7.30pm at An Lanntair, are still available and cost £10/£12.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan; Dr Vicki Ooi; Steve Taylor; festival site manager Iain Macphail; Oscar Fung  

The Hebridean Celtic Festival opens for the 23rd time tonight (Wednesday July 18th) and has already proven inspirational for some overseas visitors.

A delegation from Sha Lo Wan, a village of just 50 people in Lantau Island, Hong Kong, has travelled to Stornoway to learn from HebCelt ahead of hosting its first music, dance and drama festival in November.

Lewis Pipe Band piped up to the Lews Castle Green before local songstress Eleanor Nicolson took to a packed Islands Stage to open the HebCelt 2017 main arena tonight.
Other performances included Tide Lines on the Island Stage; with headliners Dougie MacLean and Peatbog Faeries on the Mainstage.

MSPs have congratulated organisers of the Hebridean Celtic Festival for the most successful event in its 21-year history.

The four-day festival’s 18,000 attendance figure was the biggest to date. It was the highest grossing festival in terms of sales, with tickets selling faster than at any time before and most shows were fully booked weeks in advance.

The festival also staged more than 70 hours of performances in the main arena, at An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway and in rural venues in Lewis and Harris, making it the biggest programme ever, while onsite trading hugely increased on last year.


A sweet-seller from Skye has created the ultimate HebCelt delicacy – a stick of rock that says HebCelt right the way through!

Inga Bonk of Inga’s Sweet Treats has been a long-time fan of Hebridean Celtic Festival, attending every year from her home in Skye and this year selling her sweet treats not just at the Town Hall craft market but from her stall at the festival arena itself.

Camanachd Leòdhais HebCelt shinty game will take place tomorrow (Saturday July 16) at 2pm on Smith Avenue astroturf.

It has been moved from its usual location on Bayhead, which is currently unplayable. 

The crucial role of private and public sector sponsors to the success of the Hebridean Celtic Festival was recognised at an event last night (Thursday July 21st).

Festival organisers hosted a reception to thank the organisations that backed this year’s event which opened on Wednesday and concludes tomorrow night (Saturday).

‘Ultima Thule’ is the theme of Faclan 2017 as the Hebridean Book Festival delves into a place, in mediaeval geographies, beyond the borders of the known world.
In the popular imagination, this is the northern islands and territories, but for writers it is an endless territory to explore, revisit and reinvent.
Faclan 2017 – early bird tickets now available – presents a diverse, intense and ambitious programme that includes talks, discussion, film, launches, exhibitions and workshops viewed via a series of chapters and through different lenses.

 Catalogue from Hebridean Books sellers of Second Hand Scottish, Highlands and Islands, Gaelic, Football and Sport books at reasonable prices.

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Catalogue 11                        December 2015

1.Notes on the District of Menteith for Tourists and Others by R.B. Cunningham Graham. Illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Walter Bain.H.B Originally published in 1895. This 3rd edition published in 1907. £20

2.Mediaeval Scotland by R.W. Cochran-Patrick. Chapters on Agriculture,Manufactures,Factories, Taxation, Revenue, Trade, Commerce, Weights and Measures.  The chapters in this book apart from two, first appeared in the Glasgow Herald as a series of articles on Early Scotland.  8 Chapters with Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1891. Ex Library. £15

3.Moll is Cruithneachd. Bardachd a Phuilein. Aonghas Caimbeul e Nis ann a Leodhas. Leabhar de bhardachd a chaidh fhoillseachadh ann a 1972. H.B le D/J. £8

4.Ministers and Men in the Far North by the Rev Alexander Auld Author of “Life of John Kennedy, D.D.” Etc. H.B. Published in 1957. Originally published in 1869, this third edition was printed in 1957. Contents: Introductory View of the Earlier Ecclesiastical State of Caithness. Memoir of Rev Alexander Gunn of Watten, Rev John Munro of Halkirk, Rev Finlay Cook of Reay, Rev Archibald Cook of Bruan and Daviot and Rev John Sinclair of Bruan. Includes the story of 50 men of the county and also 9 christian women. £20

5.Scotland Picturesque and Traditional. A Pilgrimage with Staff and Knapsack by George Eyre-Todd with fifty seven illustrations. 24 chapters which covers the area from Solway Sands to John O’Groats. 4th Edition. Published in 1931. £10

6.Iona a History of the Island with descriptive notes by F.Marian McNeill. 13 chapters and included is an Index of Antiquities and Topography. Ex library. Sixth Edition. H.B. Ex Library. Published in 1973. £6

7. Ford A Village in the West Highlands of Scotland by John B. Stephenson. The author has produced here a careful analysis of a village of some 160 people and has managed to do so without resort to the sort of romance and nostalgia which so often mars such accounts. H.B With D/J Published in 1984. 6 Chapters. £8

8.The History of the Highland Clearances by Alexander Mackenzie, with a new introduction by Ian MacPherson M.P. H.B With D/J 2ND Edition. Published in 1946. Chapters on Sutherland, Trial of Patrick Sellar, Ross Shire, Inverness Shire, The Hebrides, Argyllshire,Buteshire,Perthshire, Notable Dicta and Statistical Statement showing the population in 1831,1841,1851,1881 and 1911 of all parishes in whole or in part in the Counties of Perth, Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Caithness and Sutherland. £20

9.Obair Gun Duais? Alasdair MacGilleMhicheil. A tional ainmean Gaidhlig eun. A Thankless Task? Alexander Carmichael as a collector of Gaelic bird names by Tristan Ap Rheinallt. P.B Published in 2010. £4

10.Forgotten Scotland. Rambles and Scrambles off the Beaten Track and Other Memories by Robert J. Drummond D.D. Dr Drummond is a former Moderator of the old United Free Church. The book is the harvest of a life time of holidays. Photographs by Robert M. Adam. H.B with D/J 2nd Edition. Published in 1937. £8

11.Over the Hills and not so far Away by Martin Whittet. Reprinted from Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness Vol LVI 1988-1990. Booklet.  45 pages. £5

12.Memoirs  and Sermons of the Rev Alexander Macleod Rogart formerly of Uig, Lewis with Brief Memoir by the Rev D. Beaton Wick. Foreword by Rev W.Maclean, Ness, Isle of Lewis. Booklet. Printed in 1959. 46 pages. £5

13.East Lothian. The Coast, The Countryside, The Towns & Villages Around Haddington as seen by Doris Ann Goodchild. P.B Printed in 1980. £5

14.From Rebel to Hero. The Image of the Highlander, 1745-1830 by Robert Clyde. This book explores the  rehabilitation of the Scottish Gael from the time of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 to 1830. H.B With D/J Published  in 1998. £8

15.The Double Tressure. Journal  of the Heraldry of Scotland Volume I. 1977 78. Magazine 65 pages £5

16.The Highland Campaign of 1653-1655. Scots Royalists and Cromwells Pax Anglica by G.D. Richardson. An Inverness Field Club Publication. Presidential Address to Inverness Field Club 21st March 1990. Booklet 22 pages £4

17.Traquair Innerleithen Peebleshire. The Oldest Inhabited House in Scotland. A Historical Survey by Peter Maxwell Stuart the 20th Laird. Booklet 27 pages. Printed in 1981. £5

18.The Skye Museum of Island Life in Kilmuir Skye. Booklet. 13 pages. £5

19.The Northern and Western Isles in the Viking World. A National Library of Scotland Publication. Booklet Printed in 1981. £5

20. The Oilmen. The North Sea Tigers by Bill Mackie. The book reveals in words and dramatic pictures the extraordinary personal stories of the brave men and women who made it all happen above and below some of the most treacherous waters on earth. The dramatic announcement of the discovery of North Sea oil on 11 October 1970 signalled the symbolic launch of an exciting new economic era for Scotland. P.B. Published in 2004. £8

21. An Enduring Testimony for Christ. The History of Inverness East Church 1798-1998 by Angus Macdonald. Booklet 80 pages. Printed in 1998 £5

22.Fifty Mighty Men by Grant MacEwan. A best seller in Canada when it was first published in 1958. The subjects were selected because of their contribution to the history of Canada. This P.B Edition was published in 1982. £5

23.Nova Scotia’s Two Remarkable Giants by Phyllis R. Blakeley. The heart warming story of Anna Swan, Canada’s only Giantess, who rose from humble beginnings to world renown. An account of Giant Angus Macaskill who amazed people at home and abroad with herculean feats of strength. Foreword by George Swan. Booklet.  42 pages. Printed in 1992. £5

24.Fiughalaich Eileanach. Iain Murchaidh Bhig a Tabost Nis agus Mairi Chaluim Alasdair a Siadair Leis an Urramach Iain Macleoid An Eaglais Shaor Barahas. Leabharann. Air Fhoillseachadh  1947. £4

25.Stornoway The Hub of the Isles by Frank Thompson. This book offers a complementary perspective based on the “bread and butter”, bottom line dimension associated with the economic life of the Western Isles. P.B. Published in the mid 1990’s. £5

26.Landscapes and Longings. A selection of Island scenes and Bible meditations. Text by the Rev Iain D Campbell. Artwork by Ivor Mackay. Booklet. Date of printing unknown. 27 pages. £4

27.Gnathasan Cainnte. Air an cruinneachadh le Domhnall Greumach, Tolstadh Bho Thuath ann a Leodhas. Leabharann. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 2010. £5

28.The Sea Kings Daughter & Eureka by George Mackay Brown. Illustrations by Alan Watson & Erlend Brown. P.B. Published in 1991. £5

29.The Uist Collection. The Poems and Songs of John Maccodrum. Archibald Macdonald and Some of the Minor Uist Bards. Edited with Introduction and Notes by Rev Archibald Macdonald Kiltarlity. Other Bards include: Alexander Macdonald (An Dall Mor), Donald Maclean, Neil MacVicar, Donald MacLellan, Rachael Macdonald, Angus Campbell, Malcolm Macleod, John Macdonald & Alexander Stewart. H.B. 1st Edition. Published in 1894. Some pages loose at the front of the book. Ex Library. £25

30.The Modern Crofters Cookbook. ATaste of the Western Isles. A book put together by the community of Bernera, Lewis in the early 1990’s. P.B. With Binding. £6

31.Clan Donald’s Greatest Defeat. The Battle of Harlaw 1411 by John Sadler.P.B. Published in 2005. £6

32.Am Fear Meadhanach. Nobhail le Alasdair Caimbeul. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1992. £5

33.Deireadh an Fhoghair. Nobhail le Tarmod Caimbeul. H.B. Le D/J air fhoillseachadh ann an 1979. £5

34.Highland Landforms by Robert Price. In this revised edition of his classic study of the most freshly-minted landscape in north west Europe. Robert Price describes in words and pictures the processes responsible for the development of landforms. This book was originally published in 1976. This revised P.B. Edition was published in 1991. £6

35.Bartholomew Whisky Map of Scotland. Compiled by Andrew Elder. This pictorial map shows the location of 128 distilleries in Scotland. Over 30 of them are illustrated and details are included of those at which visitors are welcome. The history and art of distilling are described and the difference between malts, grains and blends explained. £6

36. Scotland for Everyman. A practical and historical guide by H.A. Piehler. With 24 sectional maps in colour. There are sections on How to Travel, Where to Stay, a Scottish Calendar and a Glossary, besides a Bibliography and a copious Index. H.B. With D/J New Edition Revised 1963. Eleventh Printing.£8

37.The bigmen. Personal memories of Glasgow’s police by Joe Pieri. P.B Published in 2001.£5

38.People in a Landscape. The New Highlanders. Magnus Linklater with Photography by Craig Mackay. This is a story,told with pictures, about a wild and sometimes forbidding landscape and the people who live in it.P.B Published in 1997. £6

39.Along Great Western Road. An Illustrated History of Glasgow’s West End by Gordon R.Urquhart. This book tells the fascinating story of the famed West End of Glasgow, Scotland’s grandest Victorian suburb. Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 photographs. (many never before published) H.B With D/J Published in 2000, this revised edition was published in 2002. £10

40.Sketches of Some of the Men of Sutherland by the late George Macdonald, Lairg. With preface by the Rev John Macleod D.D Principal of the Free Church College Edinburgh. H.B Published in 1937. £15

41. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Volume 125 1995. H.B Published in 1995. 600 pages. £15

42.Prayers and Meditations Composed by Samuel Johnson L.L.D And Published from his Manuscripts by George Strahan M.A, Vicar of Islington, Middlesex, and Rector of Little Thurrock in Essex. The Second Edition. Published in 1785. H.B Rebound. £100

43.Robert Dick Baker of Thurso –Geologist and Botanist by Samuel Smiles L.L.D. With a portrait etched by Paul Rajon and numerous illustrations. H.B Fully Rebound. Published in 1878. £45

44. The Scottish Minstrel and Songs and Song Writers of Scotland Subsequent to Burns. With Memoirs of the Poets by the Rev Charles Rogers L.L.D. F.S.A. Scot. historiographer to the historical society. H.B. Fully Rebound. 2nd Edition. Published in 1873. £65

45. The Present Cast and Tendency of Religious Thought and Feelings in Scotland. Eight Articles contributed to the "Perthshire Courier" from 4th February to 1st April 1879 by the late John Kennedy D.D. Dingwall, with Preface by the Rev D.M. Ma cAlistair Moderator of the Free Church General Assembly. Booklet. 62 pages. Date of printing unknown. £5

46. Reminiscences of an Orkney Parish by John Firth. Together with Old Orkney Words, Riddles and Proverbs. H.B With D/J Published in 1974. £10

47.Rhymes 'n Reasons by Donald Campbell. With an introduction by Hugh MacDiarmid. P.B 48 poems. Published in 1972. £5

48.Am Filidh Latharnach le Calum Caimbeul Macphail "Am Bard Latharnach" H.B With D/J Published in 1947. Ex Library. £8

49.Past and Present of Aberdeenshire or Reminiscences of Seventy Years by Rev William Paul. D.D. Minister of Banchory-Devenick. 2nd Edition. H.B. Published in 1881. £15

50.The Border Reivers by Godfrey Watson. The author tries to find out who exactly where the Reivers and what kind of people where they? The result is a fascinating description of sixteenth century life in that land of romance the Border between Scotland and England. H.B. With D/J originally published in 1974, this reprint is from 1995. £6

51.Orain Chaluim being the poems of Malcolm Macaskill bard of Berneray, Harris. Edited by Alex Morrison M.A. Includes a Preface and Introduction. H.B with D/J. Signs of dampness at the bottom of the first 4 pages. Otherwise in good condition. Date of Publishing unknown. £15

52.The Great Forest of Lewis by Michael Robson. Includes maps. The Forest, as seen in this book, is still an unmatched place and unique in the history of the Lewis landscape. P.B. Published in 2011. £6

53. The Claim of Crofting. The Scottish Highlands and Islands 1930-1990 by James Hunter. This uniquely authoritative and highly readable account of crofting developments since the 1930's is a major contribution to the modern history of Scotland. H.B with D/J Published in 1991. £5

54.Bardachd Mhurchaidh a Cheisdear Laoidhean agus Orain. Songs and Hymns by Murdo Macleod (The Lewis Bard)  An Introduction about the poet his life and family is in English. All the compositions are in a Gaelic. H.B with D/J Published in 1962. £8

55.Shipwrecked on Vatersay. The true story of the emigrant ship 'Annie Jane' wrecked September 1853 on the Island of Vatersay Outer Hebrides by Bob Charnley. Booklet. 35 Pages. Printed in 1992. £5

56. Water Under The Bridge, Bernera, Isle of Lewis Newsletter No7 September 1992. Includes articles on the Bernera Rioters of 1874. £5

57.Water Under The Bridge, Bernera, Isle of Lewis Newsletter. A special souvenir edition to commemorate the fifty years of the opening of the Bernera Bridge. Printed on 18th July 2003. 8 pages. £5

58.Kinlochbervie and Beyond. Crofting, Fishing - Past, Present, Future by Andrew Marshall. Booklet. 50 pages. Printed in 2002. £6

59. The Wee Glasgow Facts Book by G. Keelie. Compiled by Jack & Paul Devlin. Booklet, printed in 1989. 54 pages. £5

60.Air Druim An Eich Sgiathaich  le Pol Mac a' Bhreatunnaich. Sgeulachdan goirid mu tachartasan aig am an darna cogaidh. P.B air fhoillseachadh ann an 1987. £5

61.The Clan of Lochlann and Silis. Two Celtic Plays by Bessie J.B. MacArthur. P.B. With cover. Printed in 1928. £6

62.St Columba Gaelic Church Glasgow. A history of the place and it's people by Rev Donald N. Macdonald. Booklet. Printed in 1985. £6

63.An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language by Alexander Macbain L.L.D. H.B. 2nd Edition. Published in 1911. £8

64.Survival against the Odds. The story of Petty Officer Donald Mackinnon Russian Convoy Survivor in World War 2. P.B. Published in 2000. £5

65.People and Society in Scotland VolumeI. 1760-1830. Edited by T.M. Devine and Rosalind Mitchell. A Social History of Modern Scotland in Three Volumes. P.B. Ex Library. Published in 1988. £6

66.Huntly Parish Church 1805-2005 by Patrick W.Scott. P.B. Published in 2005. £6

67.St Margaret's Huntly. The story of a parish by Ann Dean. Booklet. 62 pages. Printed in 2008. £5

68.Back to the wind front to the sun. The Traditional Croft House by Caroline Hirst based on the collections of the late Angus Macleod of Calbost, Isle of Lewis. 4 chapters: The Architecture and Construction of the Crofting House, The Interior Layout and it's Furnishings, The Role of the Home in the Everyday Running of the Croft, The Family and Community Life. P.B. Published in 2005. £6

69.The Border Ballads by James Reed. H.B. With D/J Published in 1973. £8

70.The People of the Great Faith. The Highland Church 1690-1900 by Douglas Ansdell. P.B. Published in 1998. £6

71. The Heartburnings of a Moderator by the Rt Rev Dr John T. Carson. This booklet consists of things that have come hot from my heart during the past year. Booklet. Printed in 1970. Signed by the author. £5

72.Lochfyneside Church Minard 1900-2000. A Century of Service by Roderick Macleod. Booklet. 38 pages. Printed in 2000. £5

73.A desert place in the Sea. The early churches of Northern Lewis by Michael Robson. Booklet. Printed in 1997. £5

74.Lochfyneside. Furnace, Crarae and Minard. A History of the District in recent times by Alexander Fraser. H.B with D/J Published in 1971. £10

75.Fishermen with Ploughs. A Poem Cycle by George Mackay Brown. H.B. Published in 1974 and signed by the author. £10

76.The Highlands and Islands 20th Annual Report 1985. A4 size booklet. £5

77. The Highlands and Islands Development Board 19th Annual Report 1984. A4 size booklet. £5

78.Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Session MCMXLV- MCMXLVI Vol VIII 1945-47. H.B. £20

79. The Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell reprinted from early editions With Memoir, Explanatory Notes, Etc. H.B Fully Rebound. Date of publishing unknown. £20

80.A Highland Waif. A Study in Ethics. A Story for a Bottom Dog by James Macleod. H.B. Published in 1928. 1st edition. £10

81.Four Scottish Journeys. An Identity Rediscovered by Andrew Eames. The English grandson of a Skye Crofters Andrew Eames decided to find out exactly what always drew him back to Scotland, undertaking four journeys as varied as the country itself. P.B. Published in 1991. £4

82.The Islands of a Western Scotland by W.H. Murray. P.B. Published in 1973. £10

83.Scotland before History. An essay by Stuart Piggott with illustrations by Keith Henderson. H.B. Published in 1958, 2nd edition. £8

84. A Short History Of Scotland by P.Hume. Brown, Late Professor of Ancient Scottish History and Palaeography, University of Edinburgh; and Historiographer-Royal for Scotland. H.B. Date of Publishing unknown. £8

85.Tales of Old Gamekeepers by Brian P. Martin. H.B. With D/J Published in 1989. £8

86.Rugby's Great Heroes and Entertainers by Bill Maclaren. H.B with D/J Published in 2003. £5

87.The Loch A Year in the life of a Scottish Loch. Accompanies the TV Series by Roy Dennis. H.B. With D/J Published in 1993. With specially commissioned photographs by Peter Moore. £6

88.The Great Wood of Caledon  by Hugh Miles and Brian Jackman. H.B. With D/J Published in 1991. £6

89.On the Other Side of Sorrow. Nature and People in the Scottish Highlands by James Hunter. H.B. With D/J Published in 1995 and signed by the author. £6

90.The Scottish Highland Estate. Preserving an Environment. Michael Wigan Photography by Glynn Satterley. P.B Published in 1991. £6

91. Thistle and Thyme. Tales and Legends from Scotland. Retold by Sorche Nic Leodhas. P.B. First printed in the UK in 1965, this edition from 1985. £5

92. Some Helmsdale Memories  by JRD Campbell. This book throws some light on how life was lived in the village in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Included are some f the after effects of the clearances, and the efforts of the landowners and others to overcome some of the hardship involved. P.B. Published in 1998. £6

93.Sutherland An Illustrated Architectural Guide. By Elizabeth Beaton. P.B. Date of Printing unknown. £6

94.A Man, A Bike Alone Through Scotland by Eugene Cantin. In the spring of 1974, tennis professional Eugene Cantin set out on what was to become a 2000 mile bike trip through Scotland. P.B. Published in 1977. £5

95.The a Highland Clearances by John Prebble. This is the story of he Scottish chiefs and lairds preferred The a Great Cheviot Sheep "finely shaped with countenance mild and pleasant" to the clansmen who had once been their warrior rent-roll. Between 1790 and 1850 a whole race was dispossessed and dispersed. H.B with D/J. Published in 1963. 1st edition. £10

96.The Gaelic Place a Names and Heritage of Inverness by Roddy Maclean. P.B. Published in 2004. £8

97.Gnathasan Cainnte (Gaelic Idioms) with free translations. Compiled by Duncan Macdonald Headmaster Sandwickhill Public School, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. H.B. Published in 1932. £10

98.An Autobiography Andy Irvine with Ian Robertson. The autobiography of a Scottish rugby great. H.B with D/J Published in 1985. £5

99.Highland Heritage by Grace Campbell. Being the account by a Scots -Canadian of journeyings made in search of the ancient clan domains and meetings with some well known Scots. H.B. With D/J Published in 1962. £6

100.Every-day life on an a Highland a Farm 1769-1782 by I.F. Grant. This book is based on an account book kept by William Macintosh of Balnespick between 1769 and 1782. He leased his land in Badenoch, upper Strath Spey, as a tacks an of Macintosh of Macintosh. H.B. With D/J published in 1924, this edition was reprinted in 1981. £10

101.History of Cardenas Place Church Aberdeen by John Johnston. H.B. Published in 1959. £10

102. The Shetland Story by Liv Kjorsvik Schei. Photographs by Gunnie Moberg. Drawings by Kari Williamson. H.B. With D/J Published in 1988. £8

103.Stornoway in World War Two by Mike Hughes with John Davenport. Stornoway played an important and under rated role both at sea and in the air in the winning of the Battle of the Atlantic and the Second World War. This booklet contains pictures not previously published. Booklet. Printed in 2008. £5

104. The Moray Book. Editor Donald Omand. Contents: The Natural Environment, Historical and General. H/B With D/J Published in 1976. £10

105.Personal Names and Surnames of the Town of Inverness by Alexander Macbain M.A. H.B. Published in 1895. £30

106.Consider The Lillies. This is a novel about the Highland Clearances. Opinions from Ian Grimble, Neil M. Gunn, Edwin Morgan, John Prebble, Martin Seymour Smith are printed on the flap. H.B. With D/ J Published in 1969. Third impression. £6

107.Banner in the West. A spiritual history of Lewis and Harris by John Macleod. Banner in the West is a tale never before told - of robust people in a unique, stripping environment, upheld by faith profound as the Hebridean sea. H.B. With D/J Published in 2008. £8

108. The Soap Man. Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson. The story of Lord Leverhulme's ownership of Lewis and Harris in the early years of the Twentieth Century. P.B. First published in 2003, this edition is from 2009. £4

109. Bonnie Prince Charlie A Biography by Susan Maclean Kybett. This is without doubt the definite biography of Bonnie Prince Charlie. H.B With D/J Published in 1988 and a presentation copy signed by the author. £8

110. The best of Traditional Scottish Cooking. More than 60 classic step by step recipes from the varied regions of Scotland, illustrated with over 250 photographs by Carol Wilson and Christopher a Trotter. A4 size booklet. Printed in 2010. £6

111. The Folklore of the Sea by Margaret Baker. For everyone who enjoys strange stories and the chilly fascination of the unconquered sea, or thrills to watch man pitting himself against merciless elements, this book is a delight and a mine of information. H.B With D/J Published in 1979. £8

112. Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown. A novel. P.B. Published in 1994. £5

113.The Scottish Castle by Stewart Cruden. This book does not offer a series of descriptions of Scottish Castles, it attempts to explain them, and ventures some criticisms. H.B. Published in 1960. £12

114.The Celtic Place Names of Scotland by W.J. Watson. P.B. Originally published in 1926, this reprint is from 1993. £6

115.Quincentennial Studies in the history of The University of Aberdeen. Academe and Empire. Some overseas Connections of Aberdeen University 1860-1970 by John D. Hargreaves. P.B Published in 1994.£8

116.John Brown of Haddington by Robert Mackenzie. The story of a famous Scottish Churchman from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. A book originally published in 1916, this P.B Edition is from 1964. P.B. £5

117.The Hebrides in Old Picture Postcards by Francis Thompson. This book covers the period from 1880-1930. H.B.Published in 1989. £6

118.The Irish Manuscript Commission. Analecta Hibernica Includes the Report of the Irish Manuscripts Commission. No 2 January 1931. P.B. £15

119.The Modern Gaelic-English Dictionary. Am faclar ur Gaidhlig –Beurla by Robert C. Owen. Specially recommended for learners, containing pronunciation, irregular verb tables, grammatical information, examples of idiomatic usage. P.B. Originally published in 1993, this edition is from 2001. £5

120.English –Gaelic Dictionary Compiled by John Mackenzie. Formerly published as Part 2 of Macalpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary. H.B. With D/J. Published in 1971. £5

121.Memoir Biographical Sketches, Letters, Lectures and Sermons (English and Gaelic) of the Rev Neil Cameron Glasgow. Edited by the Rev D. Beaton Oban. H.B. Published in 1932. £6

122. The Emigrant Scots Why they left and Where they went by Michael Brander. Indicating the world wide spread of the Scots and their enormous contribution to the lands where they settled. The author outlines a heritage of which all those of Scottish descent, whether living in Scotland or abroad, can feel justly proud. H/B With D/J Published in 1982. £8

123.A Ghaidhlig Air Aghaidh na Tire. Ainmean Aite ann an Iar Thuath na Gaidhealtachd. Gaelic in the Landscape. Place names in the North West Highlands by Ruairidh Macilleathain. P.B. Printed in 2007. £5

124. Language, Education and Social Processes in a Gaelic Community by Kenneth Mackinnon. Foreword by Professor Basil Bernstein. This book is based on the author’s fieldwork carried out in the Island of Harris between 1972 and 1974. P.B. Published in 1977. £8

125.Gaelic Sings by William Ross. Collected by John Mackenzie Inver-Ewe. New Edition Revised with Metrical Translation, Memoir Glossary and Notes by George Calder. H.B. Published in 1937. £12

126.Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Selected by Lucia Turnbull. H.B Originally published in 1958. This reprint is from 1964. Ex Library book. £10

127.An Nighean air an aiseig. Nobhail le Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul. H.B Le D/J air fhoillseachadh ann an 2013. £5

128.Sia Dealbhan Cluiche le Alasdair Caimbeul.  Na Dealbhan Cluiche; An Staffroom, Toiseach an Earraich, An Sgriobhaiche, ‘Se Seo do Bheatha, Na Craoladairean, Am Fear a Chaidh dhan Eilean. P.B Air fhoillseachadh ann an 2011. £5

129.The Border From a Soldiers Point of View by Brigadier –General William Sitwell. With drawings by Robert Bertram and large coloured map. This book contains a short chronological record of the histories of Northumberland and Cumberland so far as they affect the Border. Follows an alphabetical list of most of the castles, with a short notice of each. Then the principal Border battles, and a brief summary of the Border Laws. H.B. Published in 1927. £20

130. Parish Life on the Pentland Firth by Morris Pottinger. “parish life on the Pentland Firth” is a collection of stories by Morris Pottinger drawn from old records of Caithness still surviving. H.B With D/J Published in 1997 £8

131. The Clans, Septs & Regiments of the Scottish Highlands by Frank Adam. 15 chapters. H.B. Published in 1907. £45

132. Scottish Place Names Their Study and Significance by W.F.H. Nicolaisen. Originally published in 1976, this P.B. Edition was published in 1986. £8

133. The Crofters War by I.M.M Macphail. 10 chapters which includes chapters on land disputes in Skye and Lewis in the late 1800's. H.B. With D/J published in 1989. £6

134. Start hardly it's history and it's people by A.G. Reid. Facts, History, Legends together with Personal Reminiscences. A4 size booklet. Originally printed in 1986, this 4th edition was printed in 2002. £6

135. The Poetical Works of William Nicholson with a memoir by Malcolm M'L. Harper. H.B. 4th edition. This edition was limited to 400 copies. Published in 1848. £30

136. Popular Rhymes of Scotland Robert Chambers. Third Edition. H.B. Published in 1870. £30

137.Modern Scottish Poets with biographical and critical notices. H.B, loose front board but otherwise in good condition. Published in 1888. £25

138. Life and Songs of the Baroness Nairne with a Memoir and Poems of Caroline Oliphant the Younger. Edited by the Rev Charles Rogers, Historiographer to the Historical Society. With a Portrait and other illustrations. H.B. Ex library. 2nd edition. Published in 1896. £35

139. Legendary Tales of the Highlands. A sequel to Highland Rambles by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder Bart. In three volumes. Volume I. H.B published in 1840. Fully Rebound. £30

140.Legendary Tales of the Highlands A sequel to Highland Rambles by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder Bart. In three volumes. Volume II. H.B. Published in 1846. Fully Rebound. £30

141.Legendary Tales of the Highlands by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder Bart. In three volumes. Two volumes in one. Volume III. H.B. Published in 1880. £30

142.The Story of Loganair. Scotland's Airline - the first 25 years by Iain Hutchison. P.B. Printed in 1987. £5

143. East Lothian Villages with drawings by John Knight and historical notes by John Gifford. P.B. Printed in 1992. £8

144. Strolling Through Scotland by W.S. Percy. Illustrated from the Author's Originals in Colour. Photogravure and Line. H.B. With D/J. A couple of tears at the front. Published in 1934. £15

145.RCAHMS Broadsheet 5. Canna The archaeology of a Hebridean Landscape. A National Trust of Scotland Publication. Pamphlet. £4

146. Scottish National War Memorial Official Guide. Booklet. 31 pages. Date of printing unknown. £5

147.Sabhal Mor Lecture. Crofting Works But it could and Should Work Better by James Hunter. Number I. The first annual Sabhal Mor Ostaig lecture in 1990. A bilingual booklet. £5

148. The Jacobite Clans of the Great Glen 1650-1784 by Bruce Lenman. P.B originally published in 1984. This P.B edition is from 1995. £6

149. Geology of Scotland Edited by G.Y. Craig. Second edition. P.B. Published in 1983. £6

150. Sgeulachdan a Seisiadar. Tales from Sheshader by Chris and Bill Lawson. A bilingual publication. P.B. Published in 1990. £5

151. Everyday Life of the Pagan Celts by Anne Ross. Drawings by R.W. Feachem. By skilfully piecing together archaeological discoveries, classical references and the later vernacular literature of Ireland, Anne Ross re creates the life of the Pagan Celts. H.B With D/J Published in 1970. £12

152.The 19th Century A History by Robert Mackenzie. Fourteenth Edition Revised and Continued.  24 chapters. H.B Published in 1896. £15

153. Memorial Inscriptions at Clunie Church with historical notes by Elma Rodger Wood. Recorded by members of Dunkeld and Birnham Historical Society. Booklet. 2nd edition printed in 2006. £5

154. Antiquarian Gleanings from Aberdeenshire Records. Compiled by David Turreff. Second Edition Revised and Enlarged. H.B. Published in 1871. £25

155. Echoes of the Sea. Scotland & the Sea - An Anthology. Edited by Brian D. Osborne & Ronald Armstrong. P.B. Published in 1998. £8

156.The Book Of Dunvegan Volumes 1&2. Volume 1 covers the period 1340-1700, Volume II 1700-1920. The Volumes are from documents from the Muniment Room at the Macleod of Macleod at Dunvegan Castle. Edited by The Late Canon R.C. Macleod of Macleod Vicar of Mitford. H.B. Vol I was published in 1938 and Volume II was published in 1939. £85

157.Lest We Forget. The memoirs of Tom Mackenzie O.B.E., MM, JP. Tom Mackenzie was for nearly 40 years a councillor in Inverness. P.B. Printed in 1995. £5

158. The Highland Clearances. A Scottish Histories Book. A Geddes &Grosset Pocket Reference Digest Series. Contents: Sutherland, Ross-Shire, Inverness-Shire, Argyllshire, Buteshire, Perhshire. H.B. With D/J Published in 2001. £6

159.Two Scottish Soldiers A Soldier of 1688 and Blenheim, A Soldier of the American Revolution and A Jacobite Laird and his Forebears by James Ferguson. H.B. Published in 1888. £20

160.Alba Celtic Scotland in the Medieval Era Edited by E.J. Cowan and R.Andrew McDonald. Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages. P.B. Originally printed in 2000. This edition from 2003. £8

161.A Sporting Tour Through the Northern Parts of England and great part of Highlands of Scotland by Colonel T. Thornton of Thornville Royal, In Yorkshire. A new edition with coloured plates by G.E. Lodge, Portraits and selections from the original illustrations. H.B. Fully Rebound. Published in 1896. £125

162.A very civil people. Hebridean Folk, History and Tradition by John Lorne Campbell. Editor Hugh Cheape. P.B published in 2000. £5

163. Going Loco. Further adventures of a Scottish Country Doctor. By Dr Tom Smith. Picking up from where his first memoir left off, Dr Tom is back with more of his gloriously eccentric stories. Still based as a locus in his beloved Scottish Highlands, he now takes time out from the surgery for stints as a medical researcher, travelling wherever he is called, from Rio to Miami, Vienna to Bueonos Aires. P.B Published in 2000. £5

164.Gainmheach an Fhasaich le Mairi M Nicilleathainn. Nobhail. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1971. £4

165. Hamewith - The Complete poems of Charles Murray. H.B. Published in 1979. £8

166. Hard Shining Corn by David Toulmin.  A book of short stories about life as a farm labourer in Aberdeenshire. H.B Published in 1972. £6

167.Stray into Gold by David Toumlin.  A follow up to the author's first book Hard Shining Corn. H.B. Published in 1973.£6

168. Twenty Scottish Tales and Legends. Edited by Cyril Swanson. Illustrations by Allan Stewart. Contents: Myths and Legends, Tales of Stratagem, Tales of Battle and Pursuit, Kings and Conquests, Tales of Daring, A Postscript. H.B. With D/J originally published in 1940, this edition is from 1998. £6

169. The College of Piping. Highland Bagpipe Tutor Part I by Seumas MacNeil and Thomas Pearston. P.B. Printed in 1955.£5

170. Discovering East Lothian by Ian & Kathleen Whyte. P.B. Published in 1988. £5

171. Thunder over Scotland by James William Baird. The life of George Wishart Scottish Reformer 1513-1546. P.B Published in 1982. £5

172. An T-Adhar Ameireaganach is sgeulachdan eile le Iain Mac a Ghobhainn. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1973. £5

173. The Angus Macleod Archive. Angus 'Ease'Macleod M.B.E. 1916-2002. An introduction to the Collection. Compiled by Michael Robson. Includes a biography on Angus Macleod. Booklet. Printed in 2004 £5

174. Rikki Fulton The Autobiography. Is it that time already? The autobiography by one of Scotland's best known actors best remembered as one half of the comedy act Francie & Josie, and the Rev I.M. Jolly in Scotch &Wry. P.B. Published in 1999. £5

175. Highways and Byways in the Border by Andrew Lang and John Lang. With illustrations by Hugh Thomson. H.B Published in 1913. £15

176.Laoidhean agus Dain Spioradail le Murchadh Macleoid (Nach Maireann) Scalpaidh Na Hearradh. Air a Dheasachadh leis An Urr Calum Macillinnein Dun Eideann. H.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann a 1966. An darna foillseachadh. £8

177. Oatmeal and the Catechism. Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec by Margaret Bennett. P.B. First published in 1996, this edition from 2003. £6

178. Famhair agus Dain Ghaidhlig eile le Lodaidh Macfhionghain. Giant and other Gaelic poems by Lewis Mackinnon. P.B a bilingual publication. Published in 2008. £5

179. An Eye on the Coast. The Fishing Industry from Wick to Whitby by Gloria Wilson. P.B. Published in 2006. £6

180.More Highland Recitations. Collected by Tom Maciver. Booklet. 22 pages. Signed by the author. £8

181.Heads on Pillows. Behind the scenes at a Highland B&B by Joan Campbell. P.B Published in 2009. £5

182. Antiquities of Strathearn with Historical and Traditionary Tales and Biographical Sketches of Celebrated Individuals Belonging to the District by John Shearer Jun. To Which is appended a guide to tourists. H.B. Third edition. Published in 1888. £30

183. The Wiles of the World. Caran An T-Saoghal. Edited By Donald Meek. Anthology of 19th Century Scottish Gaelic Verse. P.B. Published in 2003. £8

184. Clanship to Crofters War. The social transformation of the Scottish Highlands by T.M. Devine. This important book charts the story of the people of the Scottish Highlands from before the '45 to the great crofter's rebellion in the 1880's - a powerful story of defeat, social dissolution, emigration, rebellion and cultural revival. P.B. Published in 1994. £8

185.Laoidhean agus Orain le Ian Stiubhart Col, Eilean Leodhais. Leabharann. £4

186.Laoidhean Gaidhlig le Murchadh Macleoid Liurbost, Eilean Leodhais. Leabharann. £5

187.Laoidhean Ghaidhlig le Catriona Caimbeul. Signed by the poet. Leabharann. Air fhoillseachadh Ann's na tri ficheadan. £5

188. Lure of The West by Duncan Macpherson. Introduction by The Right Rev Bishop Lang. With illustrations and a map. H.B. With D/J. Slight tear at bottom of D/J. Signed by the author. £15

189. Tuireadh agus Dioghlum. Laoidhean le Iain Macrath, Ceann a Deas Na Lochan. Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1982. £5

190. Orain A Bhritheimh Seoras Moireasdan. Rabhdan is Orain, air an taghadh 's air an deasachadh le Catriona Ghrannd. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1985. £5

191. The Bairns O' Adam. The story of the STUC. Scottish Trades Union Congress 1897 1997 by Keith Aitken. P.B. Published in 1997. £6

192. The Many Days Selected Poems of Norman MacCaig. Edited by Roderick Watson. P.B Published in 2010. £4

193. The Scottish Regiments by Diana M. Henderson. Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. P.B. Second Edition Published in 1996. £6

194. The Lord of the Isles; a poem by Walter Scott. In six cantons. The scene of this poem lies, at first, in the Castle of Artornish, on the coast of Argyleshire; and, afterwards, in the Islands of Skye and Arran, and upon the coast of Ayrshire. Finally, it is laid near Stirling. H.B. Fourth Edition. £45

195. The Companion to Gaelic Scotland. Edited by Derick Thomson. H.B. With D/J published in 1983. £10

196. Architectural Ironwork in Stornoway. Scotland's Hidden Gem. By Ali Davey and David S. Mitchell. P.B. Published in 2008 and signed by Ali Davey. £15

197.Sketches of the Character, Institutions, and Customs of the Highlanders of Scotland by Major General David Stewart of Garth. H.B. New Edition Published in 1885. £35

198. The Flowers of the Forest. Scotland and the First World War by Trevor Royle. P.B. Published in 2006, but this correction edition was published in 2007. £4

199. Prehistoric Man In Ayrshire by John Smith Author of 'A monograph of the Stalactities and Stalagmites of the cleaves cove' H.B. Published in 1895. £20

200. Shrapnel. Sgeulachdan goirid le Tarmod Caimbeul (Tarmod a' Bhocsair)  P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann a 2006. £5

201.The Lords of the Isles. The Clan Donald and the early Kingdom of the Scots by Ronald Williams. P.B. First published in 1984, this reprint is from 2000. £6

202. A voyage to St Kilda. The remotest of all the Hebrides or Western Isles of Scotland. H.B. Fourth edition. Published in 1986. £10

203. Outline of Scottish History From Roman Times to the Disruption by W.M. Mackenzie. Containing seventy nine illustrations and twelve maps and plans. H.B. Published in 1907. £20

204. Morvern A Highland Parish by Norman Macleod. Edited by Iain Thornber. This book was first published in 1867, this P.B edition was published in 2002. £5

205. Verse and Prose Grave and Gay by George Cunningham ("Pate M'Phun") H.B. Published in 1903. £25

206. Fearchair a' Ghunna The Ross shire Wanderer. His life and sayings by The Author of "The Maid of Fairburn" Third Edition revised and enlarged. P.B. Published in 1908. £8

207. A Gaelic Grammar, including a chapter on Personal and Place Names by George Calder. Containing the parts of speech and the general principles of phonology and etymology with a chapter on proper and place names. A reprint of the book that was originally published in 1923. H.B with D/J Published in 1972. £6

208.City by the Grey North Sea - Aberdeen by Fenton Wyness. City by the Grey Sea has been written with the idea of giving readers a general picture of Aberdeen from its foundation down to our own time - a mosaic, formed of countless pieces which, when placed together form a picture of life in the Burgh down the centuries. H.B With D/ J Published in 1965. This edition is from 1972. £10

209. Stained Radiance A Fictionist's Prelude. J.Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon) P.B. Published in 1930, this reprint with an introduction by Ian Campbell is from 2000. £4

210.Kilmuir Church, North Uist. Recipes. Booklet, with binding. Published in 2006. £5

211. The Church of St Michael of Linlithgow.  Written by Bruce Jamieson. Photographs by James Gardiner. Edited by Tom McGowan. Booklet, date of printing unknown. £5

212. The Scottish Commemorative Monument. Booklet put together by the St Andrews Society of Winnipeg where the monument is situated.  Printed in 1995. £5

213.Character Sketches of Old Callander by James Macdonald. This book was originally published in 1910. This H.B edition revised  and enlarged was published in 1938. With D/J £20

214. The French Macdonald. Journey of a Marshal of Napoleons in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Marshal Macdonald Duke of Tarentum. The 1825 Travel Diary of Jacques Etienne Joseph Alexandre Macdonald. With Commentries by Jean - Didier Hache and Domhnall Uilleam Stiubhart. H.B. Published in 2010. £6

215. Aberdeen an Illustrated Architectural Guide by WA Brogden. P.B. Published in 1986. £5

216. The Dictionary of Scottish Place Names by Mike Darton.  This is a definitive work of reference with over 5,000 entries. It is the most comprehensive book of its kind. H.B with D/J published in 1990. £6

217. History of the Cathedral Church of S.Andrew Inverness. Booklet. Date of printing unknown. £5

218. Behind Enemy Lines. The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated War Hero. Sir Tommy Macpherson with Richard Bath. This book is an astonishing story of how an ordinary boy came to achieve truly extraordinary feats when war came calling. H.B. With D/J published in 2010. £5

219. The Picador Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction. Edited by Peter Kravitz. Writers include: A.L. Kennedy, Agnes Owens, William Mcilvanney, Liz Lochhead, Alan Spence, Janice Galloway, Iain Banks, Duncan McLean. H.B with D/J. Published in 1999, £6

220.Scottish Islands by Ian Grimble. P.B. First published in 1985, this edition is from 1988. £5

221.Surprise Island by James Shaw Grant. True stories from the Western Isles. A delightful bedside book. P.B. Published in 1985. Some stains and pen marks on cover, but otherwise in good condition. £6

222.Orain Iain Luim. Songs of John Macdonald Bard of Keppoch. Edited by Annie. M. Mackenzie. This is the first critical edition of the songs of John Macdonald, the seventeenth century bard of Keppoch. H.B. With D/J Published in 1964. £12

223. Isle of Shapinsay by William Irvine. H.B. With D/J Published in 1977. £12

224. Co chruinneachadh eile de Shaothair nam Bard Uibhisteach le Uilleam Macmhathain. Booklet. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness Volume XLIX. 32 pages. £6

225.Pauperism in Scotland Past and Present by Rev John Glasse. D.D. Printed for The Scottish National Committee for the Prevention of Destitution. P.B. Signed by the author £15

226. The Story of Tingwall Kirk by G.M. Nelson. The history of this ancient church in here told for the first time with the help of original documents. H.B a With D/J published in 1965. Slight tear at top of D/J. £10

227.Shetland's Living Landscape. A study in Island Plant Ecology by David Spence. Have you ever wondered why trees and shrubs do not grow naturally in Shetland although when planted they seem to thrive? This book gives the first guide to Shetland's plant life. H.B. With D/J published in 1979. £12

228.Islay: biography on an island by Margaret C. Storrie. 12 chapters: Perspective, Island Frame, Earlier Islanders, Hints of Change, Development, Consolidation, Walter Frederick's Islay, After 1850, Islay Malts, Architectural Heritage, Communications, Island Future. P.B. Published in 1981. £10

229.Domhnall Ruadh Chorunna. Orain is Dain le Domhnall Domhnallach A Uibhist a Tuath. Air a dheasachadh le Fred Macamhlaidh agus air fhoillseachadh le Comunn Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath. Ainm am fear deasachaidh air a chiad duilleag. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1995. £10

230.Mull The Island & Its People by Jo Currie. The first comprehensive history written about the island and it's inhabitants. H.B. With D/J Published in 2000. £15

231.Island Postal History Series: No 11. Scottish Islands Supplement & Catalogue by James A. Mackay. Contents: Harris & St Kilda, The Uists & Barra, Lewis, Skye & the Small Isles, Arran & Cumbrae, Bute, Orkney & Stroma, Shetland, Mull, Iona, Coll & Tiree, Islay, Jura & the other Argyll Islands, Extracts from 'The Stent Book of Islay 1718 - 1843, Catalogue of Scottish Island Postal Markings. A4 size booklet. Printed in 1980. Very scarce. £20

232.Aberdeen Century of Change. Introduction and Commentries by Fenton Wyness. H.B. With D/J Published in 1971. £10

233. Scottish Gaelic Union Catalogue edited by Mary Ferguson & Ann Matheson. A list of books printed in Scottish Gaelic from 1567 to 1973. H.B. With D/J. Published in 1984. Tear at front of D/J. £20

234. The Geology and Scenery of the Grampians and The Valley of Strathmore Vol 1 & 2. By Peter MacNair. Illustrated with numerous Photographs, Diagrams and Maps. H.B. Published in 1908. £90 for the 2 volumes.

235. Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun. His Life and Times by W.C. Mackenzie. H.B. Published in 1935. £20

236.A Shetland Parish Doctor. Some recollections of a Shetland parish doctor during half a century by H.P. Taylor.  Dr Taylor was medical officer for Yell and Fetlar, Shetland from June 1890 to November 1935. With foreword by Thomas Edmondston Saxby Kt. Royal Order of Vasa, Sweden. H.B. Published in 1948. £12

237. The History of Islay from the earliest times to 1848 by Clifford N. Jupp. P.B. Published in 1994. £10

238.Ancient & Mediaeval Sculptured Stones of Islay by W.D. Lamont. Includes thirty five illustrated plates. P.B. Originally published in 1968, this edition is from 1988. £8

239. Free Church Ministers in Lewis Presbytery 1843-1993 by Rev Murdo Macaulay. A4 size booklet. Printed in 1993. £8

240.Baird Chill Chomain Orain agus Dain. Songs and Poems by Duncan and Charles Macniven. Edited by Hector Macdougall. Foreword by Neil Shaw, F.S.A. H.B With D/J Published in 1936. £12

241.Eadar Da Shaoghal: Loch nam Madadh 1600-1995. Between Two Worlds: Lochmaddy 1600-1995. Booklet. Printed in 1996. 52 pages. £6

242. Studies of Nature on the Coat of Arran by George Milner. With illustrations by W.Noel Johnson. H.B. Published in 1894. £20

243. Volunteer Memories by Colonel William Lamont. Late Commanding 1st (Renfrewshire) Volunteer Battalion Princess Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. With illustrations. H.B. Published in 1911. £45

244.Descriptive Notices of some of the Ancient Parochial and Collegiate Churches of Scotland. H.B. Ex Library. Published in 1848. £25

245.Dain Iain Gobha. The Poems of John Morrison The Songsmith of Harris. Collected and Edited with a Memoir by George Henderson M.A. Vol 1. H.B. Published in 1893. £20

246. The Gaelic Source of The Bronte Genius by Cathal O' Byrne. H.B Published in 1933. £15

247.Contributions to a History of Domestic Settlement in North Uist by Iain A. Crawford. Reprinted from Scottish Studies Volume 9, Part 1, pp. 34-63, 1965. Pamphlet 28 pages. £8

248. Fetlar The Lairds and their Estates. Brough Lodge, Leagarth House, Smithfield, The Haa of Urie. Booklet. 36 pages. Printed in 1993. £6

249. The History and Traditions of the Isle of Skye by Alexander Cameron. H.B. Originally published in 1871, this reprint is from 1994. £8

250.The Macleod's The Genealogy of a Clan. Section Four. The Macleod's Of Lewis with several Septs including The Macleod's of Raasay. By Alex Morrison M.A. P.B. Published in 1974. £25

251. The so called Evictions From the Macdonald Estates, in the Island of North Uist, Outer Hebrides 1849. By Patrick Cooper, A.M. Advocate in Aberdeen. Originally printed in 1881. This 13 page booklet was reprinted in 1985. £5

252.The Trial of the Bernera Rioters At Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, July 1874. With address to the jury by the agent for the defence and charge by the Sheriff. 40 page booklet, reprinted in 1985. £5

253.The Second Disruption. The Free Church in Victorian Scotland and the origins of the Free Presbyterian Church by James Lachlan Macleod. P.B. Published in 2000. £8

254. The Court Book of Orkney and Shetland 1612-1613. Transcribed and edited with Introduction and Glossary by Robert S.Barclay. Including an Index and five photographs of the original manuscript. H.B. With D/J Published in 1962. £10

255.The Book of Bennachie. Published by the Bailies of Bennachie. Edited by Archie W.M. Whiteley. H.B. With D/J published in 1976. £15

256. Buchan Claik. The Saut an the Glaur o't. A compendium of Words and Phrases from the North East of Scotland by Peter Buchan & David Toulmin. H.B With D/J. Published in 1989. £8

257. Croft History Isle of North Uist, Volume 1. Bill Lawson for Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist A Tuath. Bhalaigh, Griminis, Scolpaig, Baile Loin, Baile Mhartainn, Baile Locha, Hosta, Taigh Ghearraidh, Hoghaigearraidh, Gobhlair. A4 size publication. Printed in 1991. £10

258. An Cogadh Mor 1914-1918. Leabhar a chaidh a chuir ri cheile le Prouseact Muinntir nan Eilean agus Acair, agus tha a chuid mhor de'n Eachdraidh seo a tho fail air trip Ann's Na Hearradh, Nis agus an Iochdair le Comuinn Eachdraidh na sgirean sinn. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1982. £8

259.The Fourth Viking Congress, York, August 1961. Edited by Alan Small. This volume contains a selection of papers read at the congress which met at York in 1961. The papers cover a wide range of topics including archaeology, philology and history. They present the results of recent research by workers who are recognised as experts in their field. H.B. With D/J. Published in 1965. £15

260. Birds and Mammals of Shetland by L.S.V. Venables, and U.M. Venables. Contents: Naturalists in Shetland, Shetland Habitats, Status Changes in Shetland Birds, Land Mammals, Sea Mammals, Birds. Appendix 1 Island Breeding Lists (Birds and Mammals). Appendix II Common Toad and Common Frog Appendix III Average Flowering Dates of Some Shetland Plants. Bibliography & Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1955. £35

261. An Outline History of Govan Old Parish Church by John C.Macfarlane. 565 - 1965. Booklet. Printed in 1965. £5

262.Guide to Dunblane Cathedral by The Very Reverend J.Hutchison Cockburn. Booklet. 24 pages. Revised Edition 1972. Reprinted 1974. £5

263.A Guided Walk round Inverness by John M. Pearson. Booklet. 62 pages. Printed in 1987. £5

264.Fort George Official Guide by Iain Macivor. Booklet, 44 pages. Originally printed in 1970. This edition is from 1976. £5

265. A Fishing History of Lossiemouth by William Stewart (pilot)Booklet. 32 pages. Very Scarce. £8

266. Forgotten Voices of the Somme. The most devastating battle of the Great War in the words of those that survived. In association with the Imperial War Museum by Joshua Levine. Foreword by Richard Holmes. H.B. With D/J published in 2008.£5

267. A Waxing Moon. The Modern Gaelic Revival by Roger Hutchinson. This book is the story of one institution, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Skye, that has stood at the centre of the revival. H.B With D/J Published in 2005. £5

268.Sarah Rae and other poems by the Rev George Murray of Troquhain J.P. Minister of Balmaclellan. H.B Published in 1883. £10

269.The Lewis Awakening 1949-1953 by Duncan Campbell. Booklet. 44 pages. Printed in 1954. £8

270.The Tartans of the Families of Scotland by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney. Lord Lyon King of Arms. K.C.V.O Advocate. Third Edition. Also includes a booklet of Highland Clan Tartans Septs and Dependents, Arranged under the Clans with which they are connected. H.B. Published in 1947. £15

271. Cambridge County Geographies -Aberdeenshire by Alexander Mackie M.A Late examiner in English, Aberdeen University, and author of Nature Knowledge in Modern Poetry. With Maps, Diagrams and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1911. £15

272. Fisher in the West. An experience of Hebridean angling by Eddie Young, formerly Rector of the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. P.B. Published in 1994. £5

273.How Scotland is Owned by Robin Callander. Foreword by Andy Wightman. An in depth look at Scotland's unique system of land tenure. P.B. Published in 1998. £6

274.A Sireadh An Sgadain Seumas Ruairidh agus Ruairidh Sheumais le Calum Macmhaoilean. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann a 1990. £5

275. Viking Voyagers Then and Now by Alan Binns. A book that tells for the first time the complete story of the design, building and voyage of a replica Viking ship. P.B. Published in 1980 £ 6

It has been announced this morning (Monday July 16th) that the a’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland will be the site of the UK’s first spaceport, confirming rumours that proposed locations in the Western Isles had not been favoured.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil called the decision ‘hugely disappointing’, since it means that North Uist has missed out on selection as the site of the UK’s first spaceport. North Uist had been identified as a possible spaceport site due to the existing rocket range, with exercises in long-range missile firing seen as a good advert for the site’s potential.

The only rocket ever to reach space from UK soil was launched from the Uist rocket range in October 2015, as part of the NATO military exercise Joint Warrior. The rocket, which had been shipped to Uist from the US, reached space before being shot down by USS Ross, the US Navy’s guided missile destroyer.

Members of the public are asked to help researchers look into the effect of plastics on birds.

A new website has been launched by researches from the University of the Highlands and Islands to gather information about the interaction between birds and debris such as plastics.

Members of the public are being asked to upload details and photos of birds which have become entangled in debris or which have incorporated it into their nests to www.birdsanddebris.com

Western Isles Citizens Advice Service (WICAS) has entered the third week of its Scams Awareness Month, a campaign that aims to help people become more vigilant about fraud and scams.
“All of July we have been spreading the message to local people that they should spot, avoid and report scams,” said a WICAS spokesperson.
“We are now past the half-way mark of the campaign and we have already distributed information to lots of local people. Just by raising awareness of scams and making people more vigilant we believe we are saving local people from the misery and hardship that scams can cause.”

The Western Isles Island Games Team landed at Stornoway airport on Saturday afternoon (July 13th) to a heroes’ welcome from family, friends and supporters, after a week of truly memorable sporting action in Gibraltar.

Hebridean Housing Partnership are celebrating their 10 year anniversary on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 5pm in An Lanntair Stornoway and Kildonan Museum South Uist, and will include their AGM.

HHP will celebrate with a ‘Looking back, looking forward’ theme marking their achievements over the years. Mr Sandy Matheson will also be in attendance as a guest speaker and will deliver a talk on the history of Housing in the Western Isles.

HHP wish to get the local community involved with their celebrations by running a photo competition.  Any image which represents the Outer Hebrides in a positive manner whether it be the people, the buildings or locations will each receive a prize in their selected categories; Tenants, Youth (Under 16’s) and Community. You can enter in up to two relevant categories and must submit your entry by Friday 26 August at 5pm.

The Anniversary event is free and a buffet will be provided. As places are limited, if you wish to attend you must contact HHP at 0300 123 0773 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by Friday 19 August 5pm.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival has added another string to its bow by using augmented reality to bring the event closer to its audience.

The technological innovation will allow people across the world to interact with the Hebridean Celtic Festival using just their smartphone or tablet.

Visitors to this year’s HebCelt will be able to use the technology on site. But those unable to attend the festival can also catch online sights and sounds of the popular event, which is being headlined by The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan.

Islanders are advised to avoid eating shellfish from the Loch Leurbost area in Lewis as raised levels of shellfish toxins have been identified.

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels in Loch Leurbost – and as a sensible precaution, advise people avoid eating shellfish from the area until further notice.

Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles, or razor fish from the area may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore.

Commercial shellfish harvesters in the area have been contacted by the Comhairle and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

The Comhairle is also monitoring the situation and will remove the warning notices when it improves.

Over two-thirds of businesses across the Highlands and Islands believe membership of the European Single Market is important to the Scottish economy, according to new research and Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil says only the SNP will represent that view in Parliament.
The Tory UK Government is focused on a hard Brexit which includes leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union – a move which is also supported by the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn.
The Ipsos MORI survey of 1,014 Highlands and Islands businesses and social enterprises, commissioned by development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), found that 70% of businesses said Single Market membership was important to the Scottish economy.

Pictured: (left to right), host for the ceremony, comedienne Sally Phillips,
Amanda Meldrum, Training & Development Officer, Joyce Laing,
Head of Human Resources, Rhona McLeod, Chief Executive, Pam
Russell, Chair of the Board, Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People.

Trust Housing Association have been crowned winners of the Excellence in the Third Sector category (over 250 employees) at the annual Investors in People Awards 2016, the leading industry event recognising high performance in people management.

THA runs sheltered housing in Lewis Street, Stornoway, and also supported accommodation at the end of Matheson Road, Stornoway.

Kevin Stewart MSP cuts the ribbon on the Mackenzie Lane development

The latest phase of a brand new housing estate was officially opened on the outskirts of Stornoway today by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Housing and Local Government.

Mackenzie Lane is the third stage of the Mackenzie Park housing complex on Melbost Farm, and comprises 24 new homes.

Photograph by Fiona Rennie

Singing star Eddi Reader landed at Stornoway Airport ahead of her performance at the record-breaking 21st Hebridean Celtic Festival last night (Saturday).

This week is one of the busiest but most enjoyable times of the year for Iain Don MacIver.

The sight of thousands of music fans pouring off the CalMac ferry at Stornoway on their way to the Hebridean Celtic Festival - probably after a spontaneous ceilidh on board - is one he has witnessed each year for the last two decades.

Iain has worked at CalMac for 22 years – the last ten as port manager at Stornoway – during which time he has witnessed HebCelt being born, grow up and now reach the point of celebrating its 20th birthday.

Scottish Water has thanked island customers for ‘sensible and water-wise’ behaviour during the current long spell of dry weather.

Dry, warm conditions are forecast to last to the end of the month and Scottish Water has issued a plea nationally to be careful with water as demand across the country rises.

Western Isles athletes have triumphed at the Island Games in Jersey with a record tally of medals.

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Norman A MacDonald  paid tribute to the athletes representing Team Western Isles at the Natwest World Island games.
 
“On behalf of the Comhairle, I want to congratulate all the athletes in the Western Isles team. A medal haul of 17, including 7 golds, with some competitions still to finish, shows that their dedication and commitment have been rewarded and it also means that this is the most successful team we have sent to the Island Games.

"They are fantastic ambassadors for our islands and have now proved that they can mix it with the best. Credit must also go to all the trainers, coaches and managers for all their hard work in preparing the athletes over the past two years. Well done to them all!”
 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has called on constituents living in the Western Isles to join the NHS Organ Donor Register following the launch of a new TV publicity campaign by NHS Scotland.

The ‘We Need Everybody’ campaign is seeking to highlight that anyone can be an organ donor, and that by having more people on the Register, more lives can be saved across the country.

Currently less than one percent of deaths in Scotland occur when the person is able to donate their organs, which is why it is vital that more people sign up to the NHS register.

Donald Cameron MSP is urging residents and organisations across the Western Isles, to take part in the consultation on a Member’s Bill proposal to implement Frank’s Law- the removal of charges for free personal care for people under 65 with life limiting conditions like dementia.

The consultation runs until early October and can be completed online.

Consultation events in relation to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 for the National Islands Plan are being held on: 

  • Tuesday 16 July – Stornoway – Town Hall - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Wednesday 17 July - South Lochs – Balallan School - Doors open and refreshments served 7.15pm – 7.30pm event start – 9.45 event finish
  • Thursday 18 July – Leverburgh - Leverburgh Hall - Doors open refreshments served 1.45pm - 2.00pm event start - 4.15pm finish

On Saturday 15th July the Islands Book Trust are running an excursion to Ardveg, Uig. Ina Macdonald will be accompanying the group on this rare opportunity to visit this remote area. Ina is the sister of the late John Macdonald (author of An Trusadh: Memories of Crofting in Ardveg) and was herself born in Ardveg.

Ardveg lies on the south side of Loch Hamnaway, on the west coast of Uig, close to the boundary with Harris. Today, it is uninhabited, remote and difficult to get to. The nearest public road is over ten miles walk and the ground in-between rises to over 1,600'. However, it was not always remote. Until the early 1950's the area was occupied by a vibrant, crofting community.

The journey by boat follows the Uig coastline to Loch Hamnaway, it will take around one hour allowing for several hours ashore and the opportunity to explore the local area.

The boat will depart from Miavaig Peir in Uig, at 10am and passengers are asked to bring waterproof clothing, packed lunch and sturdy footwear. A camera and binoculars will be worth taking as this area is populated by various wildlife including both Golden and Sea Eagles.

The day costs £50, for more information or to book call the Islands Book Trust on 01851 830 316 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - office hours are 9am - 2pm, Monday to Friday. Or book online at https://ardveg.eventbrite.co.uk

The Islands Book Trust are also running other excursions and events over the summer, including a visit to Scarp as part of the Harris Mountain Festival in September, visit https://islandsbooktrust.org/ for details.

The CalMac ferry MV Isle of Lewis is returning to service this afternoon (Tuesday July 23rd) after a period of extensive disruption to services to and from the Isle of Barra.

Latest news: Due to the delayed ferry Buth Bharraigh will close at 18:30 this evening and reopen at 23:30 to assist travellers disembarking from the late ferry.

Also today they have some Uist treats just in. @ampaipear and MacLean’s meat

This was announced on Twitter

A wedding was under threat from the cancellation of all sailings between Oban and Castlebay today (Friday July 12th)  and Saturday due to a technical fault with the MV Isle of Lewis.

Angus MacNeil MP has again been in touch with Calmac this morning regarding this "unacceptable situation."

A wedding was under threat from the cancellation of all sailings between Oban and Castlebay today (Friday July 12th)  and Saturday due to a technical fault with the MV Isle of Lewis.

Angus MacNeil MP was in touch with Calmac this morning regarding this "unacceptable situation."

Labour party members in the Western Isles are backing Kezia Dugdale in the Scottish Labour leadership battle.

The chairman of Western Isles Constituency Labour Party Billy Mackinnon also says their nomination for Deputy Leader will go to Richard Baker.

Party members were impressed by Kezia Dugdale when, as deputy party leader,  she visited the islands to support the campaign of Labour candidate Alasdair Morrison, who was the party's candidate in the General Election in May.

A new method for people with diabetes to measure their glucose levels is coming into use in the Western Isles.

Flash Glucose Monitoring FGM) is the newest method of glucose testing.  The Abbott FreeStyle Libre is currently the only flash glucose monitoring product available, and it is currently only approved in Europe

Libre became available for prescription on the Scottish Drug Tariff on 1st November 2017.

The recent death of Michael Robson, of Callicvol at Port of Ness, means a unique opportunity has arisen to acquire his important collection of rare and important books.

His lifetime of collecting and commitment to creating a full-scale historical presence in remote places means there is a significant library available for someone with the interest in maintaining it for themselves and others.

If an individual purchaser cannot be found - and efforts have been made unsuccessfully to achieve this over the past few years - then the collection (which can be seen on www.scottishbookcollection.com) will be broken up through an auction saleroom.

A party from Lewis and Harris were among up to 14,000 people who marched in Inverness on Saturday (July 28th) in support of a new Referendum on Scottish Independence.

The Outer Hebrides is estimated to have had the highest population decline in Scotland over the last 12 months.

The population is estimated to have decreased over the last year primarily because of what’s known as ‘negative natural change’, which was -107, due to 336 deaths and 229 births.



Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil and MSP Alasdair Allan have today commended the Western Isles team following on from their participation in the NatWest Island Games. The 2017 NatWest Island Games took place in Gotland, Sweden between the 24th and 30th of June.

The Western Isles team accumulated a total of 14 medals, ten of which were gold medals, and finished as the highest placed of all the Scottish island based communities in the final results table.

Isles MP Angus B MacNeil last week met with the Jo Cox Commission to raise awareness of loneliness in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.
Jo set up the Commission, along with 13 organisations before she was murdered just over a year ago. The Commission is continuing her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely.
Commenting, Angus MacNeil said: “A British Red Cross survey found one in five people said they always or often felt lonely. It’s something I often see in Na h-Eileanan an Iar and I was proud to be part of the Great Get Together bringing people together.

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has been confirmed as Chair of the Select Committee on International Trade, a post he held prior to the General Election.

Select committees are cross party groups whose role is to scrutinise the work of the associated Government department.

Mr MacNeil says that at the present time, during Brexit negotiations, International Trade will be a big issue.

Na h-Eileanan an an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil had a ‘very positive’ meeting with Greg Clark MP, the new Secretary of State for Business and Energy at the Office of the new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy .

Mr MacNeil said he had received positive feedback from Mr Clark about his support of island renewables.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is pressing the UK Government to support renewable energy projects in the islands.

On Tuesday 18 July, Mr MacNeil will meet Richard Harrington MP, Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “Locational price modelling is ruining the chances of island renewables wind projects.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil voted to keep Britain in the EU Single Market in a vote on the Queen’s Speech in Parliament on Thursday (June30th) which saw disunity and incoherent strategy from both the Tories and Labour.

Together with his SNP colleagues, Mr MacNeil voted in favour of an amendment to the Queen’s Speech which would see the UK retain crucial Single Market and Customs Union membership, rather than an inferior set up with just access to the market.

Membership of the Single Market is crucial to Na h-Eileanan an Iar for export products from the food and drink industries including fishing and agriculture. Without membership industries could face hefty tariffs on exports.

MSP’s are being asked to support the initiatives being taken by the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership and their partners to improve road safety and understanding during the tourist season.

Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, was recently contacted by the Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness about the road safety initiative aimed towards overseas visitors.

He has now lodged a parliamentary motion on this saying: ”That the Parliament commends the work undertaken by the Outer Hebrides Community Safety Partnership, Police Scotland and Road Safety Scotland to promote safe road travel in the Western Isles.”

Chief Inspector Gordon Macleod

Police Scotland is looking forward to supporting two major musical events in the Highlands and islands this weekend with the HebCelt Festival on the Isle of Lewis and Olly Murs performing in Inverness.

HebCelt gets underway today in the grounds of Lews Castle in Stornoway until Saturday - while Olly Murs will perform at Bught Park in Inverness on Saturday evening.

Police are committed to making the experience at both events a safe and enjoyable one for all.


A poignant anniversary is to be turned to public benefit by Stornoway RNLI Ladies Guild member Jane Maciver on August 1st, with a 25-mile walk for the RNLI.

Jane is being joined by other Guild members and Stornoway RNLI volunteer crew to walk 25 miles from Bernera to Stornoway, in memory of her late partner Craig, a fisherman who passed away at sea.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to visit the Western Isles, it has just been announced. 

Youngsters from Stornoway Running and Athletics Club were in action at Grangemouth Stadium yesterday (Sunday July 29th) as part of the Islands Select team competing in Scottish Athletics finals.

Kara Hanlon has earned the first Western Isles gold medal of the NatWest Island Games, touching the pool end first in the women’s 50m breaststroke this evening (Monday July 8th).

In dazzling Gibraltar sunshine, Kara swam her best, covering the 50 metres in 31.08 seconds.

Yesterday (Tuesday July 3) the family of renowned Lewis cancer research campaigner Kay Mackay was in Edinburgh for the presentation of her MBE awarded in the Queens New Year's Honours List for 2018.

Sadly Kay passed away in early February to the great grief of the community.

Attending this week’s event in her stead were husband Jackie Mackay, twin sons Gregor and Roger, and Roger’s wife Sophie.