The replacement ferry service for the Barra to Oban route has started off on the wrong foot, with a technical issues affecting the MV Isle of Arran today (Monday October 21st).

Islanders had already expressed dismay that the elderly vessel was unfit for service on the route, but was expected to cover the service while MV Isle of Lewis is in Stornoway providing the cover there as Loch Seaforth is in dry dock in Birkenhead for her annual service.

A notice was posted by CalMac early this afternoon stating: “Due to a minor technical issue with MV Isle of Arran, today's 1430 sailing from Oban may be liable to disruption or cancellation at short notice.

"The issue will be addressed upon the vessel's arrival in Oban, therefore there may be a slight delay to the 1430 departure.”

One islander described the announcement as a ‘poor show’ with people already queueing for the ferry before the problem was announced.

A driver who crashed his car into a roadside barrier in the early hours of Saturday will be appearing before the Sheriff tomorrow morning (Monday October 21st).

The 20-year-old man was involved in a single-vehicle road collision near the James Street/Sandwick Road roundabout in Stornoway at half past midnight on Saturday morning and police attended the incident.

He was found to have broken a number of laws and is being kept in custody for a court appearance tomorrow, charged with a variety of road traffic offences.

A man who appeared in Stornoway Sheriff court on Tuesday (October 15th) is being kept in custody for a further court appearance.

The 29-year-old man was arrested at an address in Stornoway late at night on Monday 14th October, where he was acting in a threatening and abusive manner.

He was charged with breach of the peace and with breaching earlier bail conditions and has been remanded in custody to a future date.

 

Marine pyrotechnics and flares collected by Coastguard officers in Stornoway will be carefully destroyed tomorrow (Monday October 21st) by a specialist company contracted by HM Coastguard.

The controlled destruction is timetabled for tomorrow afternoon at a safe coastal location outside Stornoway and away from residential property.

Commercial explosives specialists EPC-UK visit the islands twice a year to carry out controlled destruction of hazardous material. Elsewhere in Britain, they collect and return the flares for destruction at their own base at Alfreton in Derbyshire, but the challenge of transporting potentially unstable pyrotechnics on passenger ferries means that the Western Isles and Shetland both need their own disposal arrangements on-island.

Time-expired pyrotechnics (TEPs) are regularly handed in at the Coastguard Station in Stornoway and dedicated collection days are organised by the Coastguard, the last of which was on Saturday 5th October.

Flares and other pyrotechnics are also sometimes found on shorelines. Coastguard Rescue Teams are sent to investigate such finds and, if it is safe to do so, to recover the item. Each CRT carries a box in their vehicle known as a short-term mitigation cage (STMC). The steel boxes are perforated with many holes, allowing gases to escape but retaining solid materials. They’re specially designed to allow the safe transportation of flares and affectionately known as 'Tetley boxes' after the teabags, which built a reputation on thousands of perforations.

The kind of flares recovered for safe disposal can vary widely, both in condition and in where they are found. Kept in boats or sheds, sometimes for many years, or washed up on shorelines, they can pose a hazard to anyone handling them.

Last week, Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to pick up three flares that had been dumped at the landfill site at Bennadrove and during a recent collection day, some flares which went out-of-date in 1962 were handed in.

While they await safe destruction, out-of-date flares and other pyrotechnics are sealed into boxes and locked away in a purpose-built store at the Coastguard station in Stornoway.

Part of the safe handling process calls for an integrity check on each item. If there’s any concern about their condition, or if they're more than 25 years old, these flares are kept away from the main store and put into a segregation store, providing contained storage for flares many years out-of-date and others badly corroded by sea-water or damaged by rough handling.

When Coastguards collect flares a record is made on an online database. The record is monitored by EPC as part of their contract and, when the amount in the store reaches a certain trigger point, they get in touch to set the date of their visit.

On Monday EPC-UK will carefully empty both the main and the segregation store and will transfer the flares into their own tanks, the size of a large Belfast sink and made of inch-thick steel. This will be filled, then locked down and wired up.

When the 'burn' of the flares commences, says Carl Taylor, senior coastal operations officer for the Coastguard: "it's more of a whimper than a bang. There's a lot of smoke and the occasional pop, but even people who live relatively locally should not be aware of what's happening. The smoke goes straight out to sea and we are nowhere near houses."

"Everything is done in the safest possible way, including our own internal procedures and the full safety rig we wear when we open the store or handle the flares.

"I've occasionally seen situations which caused a great deal of concern. I once found that a leisure fisherman kept a dozen red parachute flares in a bin-liner under the seat of his boat, where they were soaked in sea water. When I pointed out that they were wet and all out-of-date, he told me not to worry, because he would take them in and dry them in front of the fire a couple of times a year!

"We've had someone bring a sack of flares to our open day that had been dumped in a community skip and we've been called to the Creed Park recycling plant because council workers found flares that had been put into a bin. 

"There are, unfortunately, people that don't realise quite how dangerous these items can be. These can cause serious injury if not handled correctly or kept after their expiry date".

If you have marine pyrotechnics that are out of date or need to be disposed of, contact Stornoway Coastguard on 01851 702013 for advice on how and where they can be disposed of. If bringing flares in to the Coastguard, it's worth calling in advance, to make sure qualified and trained staff are on hand to accept them.

At a separate event in Benbecula yesterday (Saturday October 19th), 405 out-of-date pyrotechnics were handed into Coastguards, of which some were 42 years out-of-date. These will be destroyed at a location in Uist under the same safety precautions.

 

Today the countries of the United Kingdom stand once again on the brink of a decision to abandon almost 50 years of close links with the other countries of Western Europe and the expanded European Union.

Students from across the Highlands and Islands were travelling down by bus from Inverness overnight to attend the Peoples’ March in London today (Saturday  October. 19th) demanding that the London minority Tory government gives the people a final say on the outcome of the Brexit process.

The Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) have arranged the opportunity for students attending the University of the Highlands and Islands to attend the march at no cost, to ensure the voices of their students are heard.

The Highlands and Islands Students’ will join hundreds of thousands of others to march on Parliament. HISA is proud to stand with their EU and International students and will continue to do everything they can to secure their place in this country, and to secure a people’s vote.

Commenting on the effects Brexit will have on her studies, HISA Lews Castle College Depute, Florence Jansen said:“Being able to attend the People’s Vote in London is so important for students from UHI, especially island communities. 

"It’s not always easy to stand up for our beliefs, however, we are living in one of the areas that will be most impacted by Brexit. It has turned into an overcomplicated, scary and very real situation for myself and other EU students. The government is not giving us the answers we need and doesn’t seem to care.  

"The insecurity and uncertainty is causing stress that should not be put on any student’s mental wellbeing. When I started my studies in Stornoway I made a choice to contribute to the community and student life here, Brexit makes these contributions seem invalid and often makes me as an EU student feel unwelcomed.

"It is like sitting between the seats. I shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not I can finish my studies if I will be able to afford extortionate fees in a year’s time or will be forced to leave the country I now call home.

"So many opportunities will be lost for so many as a direct result of Brexit.  The government is acting in such an irresponsible way by trying to make out the effects will be minimal. They are making decisions that will directly impact our lives, our students and our communities in an awful way.  I can’t stand by and just watch without acting.”

HISA Vice President of Higher Education Andrew Bowie said: "It's really exciting to be able to have the chance to take this group of passionate students down to London with us.  This is a moment in history and one that will affect every single person in the country, young people and students most of all.

"We are also very proud at the University of the Highlands and Islands to boast a diverse community of students, and our international and EU students are one of the cornerstones of this fantastic diversity.  It will be a travesty if more of them are forced to leave Scotland as a result of Brexit.

"We are marching in support of a people's vote, to give all the people of this country their rightful chance to have the final say on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Young people who were not heard last time deserve the right to be, and we are proud to be championing their voice this weekend."

Earlier. responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that he had struck a deal with the EU, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “The deal the Prime Minister has negotiated with the EU is great news for Scotland and the whole of the UK.

“This deal allows us to get Brexit sorted, and leave the EU in two weeks’ time as one United Kingdom.

“It is a real Brexit which ensures we take back control. For Scottish fishermen, this means taking back control of our fishing waters and freeing them from the hated Common Fisheries Policy. For Scotland’s farmers, we will create a new a system of support to help them prosper outside of the Common Agricultural Policy.

“We will no longer be bound by EU laws, and the Scottish Parliament will receive a raft of new powers as they return to the UK from Brussels. We will be able to strike our own trade deals around the world, opening up huge opportunities for businesses across Scotland.

“It is now time for Scottish MPs from all parties to vote for the Prime Minister’s deal and deliver the result of the referendum. It is time to put the national interest above political opportunism. If MPs do not vote for a deal then they are voting for no deal, and will have to explain that to their constituents.

“Outside of the EU, Scotland and the whole of the UK will thrive. We have a bright future as a country. People now expect their elected representatives to do their duty to deliver that.”

 

 

A Royal Air Force Association event tomorrow (Saturday October 19th) will combine fundraising, awareness-raising and fun, according to organisers.

The RAFA ‘Brew for the Few’ is to be held at the Salvation Army in Bayhead . The Salvation Army’s Lt Callum Newton is also branch welfare officer for the RAF association and has helped organise this and other events in the area.

The RAF Association recognises that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country and aims to ensure that their sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.

Stornoway’s RAFA branch is the only one in the Western Isles and has around 50 members. Veterans and serving personnel in the Royal Air Force can become full members, but associate membership is also open to anyone who supports the service.

The Stornoway branch holds monthly meetings and raises money to support the national appeal, as well as maintaining a local fund to support members of the RAF family. As welfare officer, Callum can also access sums of money from the RAF benevolent fund to support anyone experiencing hard times, but the association is also there for fellowship and fundraising all the year round.

Callum told welovestornoway.com: “Saturday’s event is intended to raise funds for the Wings Appeal, but it’s also a chance to say thank you to the many people who support us through the year.

“There’ll be tea, coffee and cake and we’ll have a flight simulator which you can have a go on, a display of model aircraft and RAF merchandise. Our local air cadets will be helping out and it’s also a chance to have a chat and find out more about the RAF and the cadets while you are here.”

The Brew for the Few is open to drop in to between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday at the Salvation Army on Bayhead.

Pictures show some of the model planes which will be on display, and the flight simulator in action during last year’s event (RAFA).

There’ll be a second chance to view precision formation flying this morning (Thursday October 17th) as the RAF aeronautical display team, the Red Arrows take off from Stornoway airport on the final leg of their transatlantic crossing.

The 12 fighter jets flew into Stornoway in formation shortly after 6pm last night, providing a waiting crowd alongside the airport approach road with a superb demonstration of skills as they peeled away from the flight to land in succession and taxi down the runway.

The team spent the night in Stornoway, their first UK landfall after 11 weeks touring the USA and Canada. Wing commander Andrew Keith said that it was ‘good to be home’ after the team touched down

He admitted the overnight stop was unscheduled after they ‘ran out of daylight’ during the crossing of the North Atlantic via Greenland. Flying at an average speed of 450-500mph gave them fuel economy, but with a headwind to battle against they were at the extreme edge of their 700-mile range as they approached Stornoway, escorted by the Danish air force for search and rescue support throughout the whole transit from Canada.

Flying without engineers for safety reasons means pilots have to get down to work themselves this morning to service and refuel their jets in preparation for take-off, although this is something Wing Commander Keith said the team were trained and prepared to do when necessary.

The team will return to their home base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire this morning, where they will be reunited with the air transport carrying the engineering and ground crew and will complete a handover before some well-earned leave.

And welovestornoway.com was flying high, too, with our coverage of the landing on our Facebook community page last evening…

https://www.facebook.com/welovestornoway/videos/516555012499531/

By 7pm today, after around 24 hours, this video had been viewed almost 60,000 times and

the post was determined by Facebook to have reached nearly 135,000 people.

 

News has emerged today (Wednesday October 16th) that the national charity Cats’ Protection are to withdraw their support from the Isle of Lewis with immediate effect.

The news has shocked the animal welfare community, leaving doubt over how stray and feral cats and kittens will be cared for across the island in the future.

An emergency committee meeting of the local branch is to be held on Friday (October 18th), but there’s little hope of any future support from the Sussex-based national charity, who issued a single-line statement saying: “Cats Protection are winding down branch operations on the island and are unfortunately unable to help.”

Vet Hector Low described the decision as ‘misguided and very sad.’ He told welovestornoway.com today: “It’s very sad to see them deciding that we aren’t worth supporting and I find it hard to understand. The attitude to cats in the island has radically improved over the past 30 years and that’s been brought about by the local Cats Protection branch, who have done so much to improve the position of cats in the time they have been here.”

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Iain Allan said: “We are sad to hear about the closure of the Cats Protection branch in Stornoway. Over the years we have worked closely with them to help cats on the island and the closure will have a huge knock-on effect to our team based there and on animal welfare on the Western Isles.”

The closure has been foreseen by committee members, with one saying the new committee, which has been in place since early this year, have been made to ‘jump through hoops’ to try and secure the future of the branch.

Committee member Morag Smith, speaking in a personal capacity, said: “We have done everything they asked of us and they have asked us to achieve far in excess of what any other small branch in Scotland has achieved. We formed a new committee, had it in operation for three months, attended training on the mainland and identified kitten fosterers and a location for the approved Cats Protection pens.

“Three weeks ago we had a visit from the CP welfare team, who approved our fostering placements and the places we had set aside for pens. Then we heard from our regional manager that our vet’s service is too expensive and is not prepared to carry out certain procedures in the way they require.

“This week they said they could not continue to support us and that the service we provide is not good value for money for their supporters. They also say there are other resources on the islands to provide support to stray cats.”

Cats’ Protection has identified the veterinary practice and the two-person Isle of Lewis SSPCA team as alternative resources. A spokesman for the vet said that they had, in recent months, provided some accommodation for cats while the local CP branch was re-structuring, but could not continue to do so. They said: “Our kennelling is for animals who have had operations, for emergencies and to support the SSPCA. We don’t have the space to keep stray cats.”

Meanwhile the local SSPCA has also housed cats in emergency cases, but needs the space for sick, injured and rescued animals ranging from seals and birds of prey to stray dogs.

Cats Protection reportedly claims that their decision to withdraw also hinges on the expense of veterinary treatment and neutering services for feral cats, but Hector Low of the Old Mill Veterinary practice on Sandwick Road – the only vet service in Lewis – says that he is annoyed and upset to be asked to over-ride animal welfare concerns in a bid to save money.

He told welovestornoway.com: “They wanted to neuter cats between May and September, when the only cats to be trapped are heavily pregnant or nursing mothers. I will not neuter them at that time because it puts the lives of their kittens at risk. They also require us to neuter cats under 2kg in weight. These are often very young kittens and putting a young animal under anaesthetic is stressful.

“We like to wait until they are strong enough to cope with it. I’ve got a conscience, I like cats and I’m not comfortable doing things that are not fair on the animal just to try and make the process cheaper. I’m very annoyed and upset about it, especially as I have phoned their veterinary contact more than eight times to try and discuss the issues they raise about neutering and cost and have not had a reply.

“Cats Protection are a large and wealthy charity and what has been happening here in recent times is that we and the local SSPCA have been paying to support them. It’s nonsense to claim that they care about cat welfare because if they did, they wouldn’t be closing the branch. The suffering that is going to cause is to cats here in the islands.”

Committee member Morag Smith also pointed out that the local branch generates financial support for the national organisation, including regular donations from island residents. Hector Low added: “The first thing I am going to be doing is removing the Cats Protection collecting box from the surgery counter. That brings in substantial sums, which in future will be going to the SSPCA.”

Pictures: Feral kittens are cared for by local branch volunteers before being re-homed.

Junior island choirs were celebrating yesterday (Tuesday October 15th) after a stunning set of results at the Royal National Mòd in Glasgow.

Choirs from the Nicolson Institute and Sir E Scott School in Tarbert were in continual contention for the top prizes, with the Harris school sweeping the board at junior level and the Nicolson Institute achieving the top results in the 13-18 age group.

The Nicolson Institute took top honours in the choral puirt-a-beul 13-18 and the Belle Campbell trophy, and were also top in the choral unison class and the two-part harmony, winning the Oban Times Challenge trophy in that class and the Janet Kelly Brown (Uist) memorial trophy for a high school choir from an island community, gaining the highest marks in junior choral competitions.

The Nicolson Institute choir is conducted by Avril Allen, and among the huge haul of trophies they brought home were awards for highest overall marks in both Gaelic and music, including the Mrs Campbell Blair trophy, Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, Reverend Archie M. Beaton trophy and the Heather K Moore cup.

Sir E Scott’s senior choir achieved bronze position in the 13-18 years competitions, while their junior choir were in gold position in the under 12 puirt-a-beul, winning the Mrs Schroder cup. Juniors also took gold in the choral unison under 12s, with the Aberfoyle and district branch trophy and the Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, and gold in the choral two-part harmony, with the Mrs Ann Grant of Laggan memorial trophy.

The Sir E Scott choir is conducted for the first time this year by Jayne Macdonald, following the retirement after many years of music tutor Iain Maciver. Jayne yesterday described herself as: “The proudest choir conductor in all the land. A clean sweep for the Junior Choir, and beautiful performances from my lovely senior girls. Not only proud of them on their incredible successes yesterday but too for how genuinely lovely and hardworking each of them are - they’ve made every practise (with added games and snacks...!) such a pleasure. Thankful, too, for all the help and encouragement from the fabulous Mòd committee and most of all to my ‘old’ choir conductor (Iain Maciver) who didn’t leave me with the smallest shoes to fill.”

Pictures show the Nicolson Institute choir with their trophies and the Sir E Scott junior choir at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall yesterday.

Junior island choirs were celebrating yesterday (Tuesday October 15th) after a stunning set of results at the Royal National Mòd in Glasgow.

Choirs from the Nicolson Institute and Sir E Scott School in Tarbert were in continual contention for the top prizes, with the Harris school sweeping the board at junior level and the Nicolson Institute achieving the top results in the 13-18 age group.

The Nicolson Institute took top honours in the choral puirt-a-beul 13-18 and the Belle Campbell trophy, and were also top in the choral unison class and the two-part harmony, winning the Oban Times Challenge trophy in that class and the Janet Kelly Brown (Uist) memorial trophy for a high school choir from an island community, gaining the highest marks in junior choral competitions.

The Nicolson Institute choir is conducted by Avril Allen, and among the huge haul of trophies they brought home were awards for highest overall marks in both Gaelic and music, including the Mrs Campbell Blair trophy, Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, Reverend Archie M. Beaton trophy and the Heather K Moore cup.

Sir E Scott’s senior choir achieved bronze position in the 13-18 years competitions, while their junior choir were in gold position in the under 12 puirt-a-beul, winning the Mrs Schroder cup. Juniors also took gold in the choral unison under 12s, with the Aberfoyle and district branch trophy and the Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, and gold in the choral two-part harmony, with the Mrs Ann Grant of Laggan memorial trophy.

The Sir E Scott choir is conducted for the first time this year by Jayne Macdonald, following the retirement after many years of music tutor Iain Maciver. Jayne yesterday described herself as: “The proudest choir conductor in all the land. A clean sweep for the Junior Choir, and beautiful performances from my lovely senior girls. Not only proud of them on their incredible successes yesterday but too for how genuinely lovely and hardworking each of them are - they’ve made every practise (with added games and snacks...!) such a pleasure. Thankful, too, for all the help and encouragement from the fabulous Mòd committee and most of all to my ‘old’ choir conductor (Iain Maciver) who didn’t leave me with the smallest shoes to fill.”

Pictures show the Nicolson Institute choir with their trophies and the Sir E Scott junior choir at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall yesterday.

 
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Wednesday 10.30am UPDATE: The Red Arrows aeronautical display team are now due to arrive into Stornoway at approximately 5.25pm, and not this morning as earlier indicated.

The Red Arrows display team are set for an unexpected visit to Stornoway airport tomorrow morning (Wednesday October 16th).

The Hawk T1 jets from the RAF aerobatic team and an Atlas transporter support plane are en route back to their home base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after touring the USA and Canada.

The re-fuelling stop at Stornoway has just been requested and, with forecasts looking good, is highly likely to go ahead between 11.30 and 12.30am tomorrow.

The Red Arrows’ 11-week tour of the USA and Canada has seen them stage more than 20 displays and 98 ground engagements across the continent, with a team of 108 pilots, engineers and ground support staff.

They completed displays and flypasts at events including the Chicago air and water show and Thunder over the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, as well as at the New York, Toronto and Spirit of St Louis airshows.

The Red Arrows were last in Stornoway for an official display marking Stornoway Port Authority’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

Tomorrow the jets are expected to land in formation at the Gaydon Hangar at Stornoway airport.

Pictures show some of the jets at Stornoway airport during their 2015 visit and the Atlas Transporter plane (RAF).

Wednesday 10.30am UPDATE: The Red Arrows aeronautical display team are now due to arrive into Stornoway at approximately 5.25pm, and not this morning as earlier indicated.

The Red Arrows display team are set for an unexpected visit to Stornoway airport tomorrow morning (Wednesday October 16th).

The Hawk T1 jets from the RAF aerobatic team and an Atlas transporter support plane are en route back to their home base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after touring the USA and Canada.

The re-fuelling stop at Stornoway has just been requested and, with forecasts looking good, is highly likely to go ahead between 11.30 and 12.30am tomorrow.

The Red Arrows’ 11-week tour of the USA and Canada has seen them stage more than 20 displays and 98 ground engagements across the continent, with a team of 108 pilots, engineers and ground support staff.

They completed displays and flypasts at events including the Chicago air and water show and Thunder over the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, as well as at the New York, Toronto and Spirit of St Louis airshows.

The Red Arrows were last in Stornoway for an official display marking Stornoway Port Authority’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

Tomorrow the jets are expected to land in formation at the Gaydon Hangar at Stornoway airport.

Pictures show some of the jets at Stornoway airport during their 2015 visit and the Atlas Transporter plane (RAF).

Stornoway police are asking for public help after a car was damaged yesterday afternoon (Monday October 14th).

The blue Peugeot was parked in a car park behind Western Isles Hospital when the windscreen was damaged, apparently by an object being thrown, around 4.15pm on Monday.

Police have asked anyone who saw or heard anything connected with the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

An assault in Stornoway town centre around midnight on Saturday (October 12th) has led to a man being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

The 31-year-old man assaulted another man, who received slight injuries to his face and attended A & E at Western Isles Hospital for treatment.

The attacker was arrested and charged with assault and is to be reported to the Procurator Fi

Two men appeared in court in Stornoway yesterday (Monday October 14th) after spending two nights in police cells.

A 27-year-old man was charged with assault after an incident on Garden Road at 11pm on Saturday, in which another man sustained serious facial injuries including losing some teeth.

While police were in the process of arresting the assailant, a 29-year-old man intervened and was arrested and charged with police assault.

Both men were kept in custody until Monday when they appeared in court. The original assailant has been remanded in custody and the other man bailed, both to appear in court again at a later date.

Bus drivers working for Galson Motors have said a sad farewell to routes they have driven for many years, as council budget cuts hit routes between the Westside and town.

Saturday night (October 12th) saw the last night services to be run by a large coach to the Ness and Westside area, as the next seven-year contract is likely to be provided by a 16-seater minibus and by another company.

Next week’s new half-term will see a new contract period for school bus services, and Galson Motors have not been re-selected to provide services on some of these or on some public routes.

As the 72-year-old company closed the door on an era in island transport history, they posted a farewell message on social media, saying: “Most people will be aware that we have lost most of our services in the recent tendering process. The Comhairle’s budget constraints meant that they accepted a timetable option that offered greater savings than our proposal.

“Although we will not be operating public service or school buses from Ness to Stornoway, we will still be serving Sgoil An Taobh Siar and Shawbost School from the Westside area. Yesterday (Thursday October 10th) was the last day for us on the Borve and Ness school contracts to the Nicolson, and Galson to Sgoil an Taobh Siar.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the passengers and customers over the years for their support and hope to be of service to you all again in the future. We would like to thank all our drivers and mechanics, past and present, for their commitment and dedication to help us serve the community over the last 72 years.”

News of the impact from the service cuts, which includes drivers losing their jobs, has both saddened and angered many who have used the services over the years. One Westsider commented: “So sorry to be reading this. Going over the Barvas Moor without seeing ‘bus a’ Mhilleachan’ just doesn’t seem right.” While another said: “A very sad day. It is particularly sad that an operator which has consistently shown the highest standards with excellent customer care away beyond what one normally sees even in rural communities should have lost this work.”

Galson Motors is to expand their garage service, with some of their bus mechanics moving into the garage business, and will still be offering minibus and private coach hire.

The picture shows some of Galson Motors’ drivers after signing off from the final evening service to Ness and the Westside on Saturday (Galson Motors).

Glasgow’s Royal National Mòd is proving a goldmine for Lewis competitors, with medals and trophies set to come back to the island.

The Nicolson Institute’s Aaron Ingram was one of the first to set the tone in the junior piping classes on Saturday (October 12th), with a gold badge for a Piobaireachd. Stornoway primary school’s Alice Reid followed up with a silver badge the same day playing a Gaelic air and a march, Strathspey and reel on the fiddle.

Roy Morrison of Ness added another gold on Saturday with his accordion instrumental in the under-13 age group. He was also awarded the Daniel G R Burt (Chapelhall, Airdie) Memorial Trophy and the Smith Mearns Trophy.

Lochs youngsters continued the run as Monday competitions opened. Under the direction of conductor Iain Maciver, Coisir Og nan Loch won gold and silver in the under-13 choral unison classes, together with the Olive Campbell MBE Trophy and the Macintyre Cup.

Meanwhile Dual, the Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich folk group, won the Allan Thomas Mitchell Trophy in the under 19 folk group competition and Point’s Alice Macmillan pulled off a superb performance in the under 19 solo singing, open only to first prizewinners of solo singing competitions at previous Royal National Mods. She took first place and was awarded the Skelmorlie and District Highland Association Quaich.

Nicolson Institute girls Talia Graham and Kirsty Nicolson took silver and bronze in the , as well as sharing the Alexander Hamilton Trophy for the highest mark in Gaelic in C102 and C103 and the Jean Graham Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in music in C102 and C103.

And both Stornoway and Lochs were represented in the girls 11-12 learners’ singing competition, where Kyla Mackenzie of the Nicolson Institute took first, the Ronald MacEachan Memorial Cup and shared the Dunoon Observer and Aygyllshire Standard Medal with Sgoil nan Lochs’ Aimee Macleod in second place. Seumas MacRae of the Nicolson Institute won silver in the same competition for boys.

In poetry recitation, Sgoil nan Lochs’ Lily McDowall and Cormac Sandison are bringing home a gold and a silver medal in their age groups and Mary Morrison of the Nicolson Institute a bronze.

Even the youngest competitors from Lewis did the island proud, with five-year-old Magnus Montgomery from Sgoil a Bhac taking gold in the learners’ poetry recitation and silver in the solo singing for his age-group.

Celebrations continued this morning (Tuesday) as the Nicolson Institute choir won both the Puirt a Beul and the unison singing competitions. Childrens’ competitions conclude today with solo, duet and choral singing, story-telling and bible reading among the disciplines to be decided.

Pictures show Coisir Og nan Loch with conductor Iain Maciver and the Nicolson Institute choir this morning.

Glasgow’s Royal National Mòd is proving a success for Barra competitors, with badges of gold, silver and bronze already set to come back to the island.

Saturday’s junior piping competitions began the successes, with Craig MacNeil from Castlebay School taking gold playing a Gaelic air on the chanter and Donald MacLean following close behind with a bronze medal.

Eosaph Galbraith continued the winning streak on Saturday playing a jig on the pipes and winning a silver badge for his efforts.

And on Monday Eoligarry School’s Robbie Donald MacLean, aged eight, took gold in the solo singing for learners.

Childrens’ competitions conclude today with solo, duet and choral singing, story-telling and bible reading among the disciplines to be decided.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus B MacNeil has tabled another parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack requesting an update on the Islands Deal.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council have been working together to develop ambitious proposals to include within a Deal for the Islands.

In a previous parliamentary question in reference to the Prime Minister’s announcement of 28 July 2019 on City Region and Growth deals, Mr MacNeil asked Alister Jack MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland what information had been made available to(a) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (b) Orkney Islands Council and (c) Shetland Islands Council on a deal for the Islands.

In his response, Mr Alister Jack said, “My officials continue to engage with the Islands partners and most recently met with the Islands Deal Programme Director on 2 August and 4 September to discuss next steps. 

"Officials also spoke with the Leader of Orkney Islands Council on 27 August. We expect to receive the latest suite of proposals from the Islands partners later this month.”

Angus MacNeil MP said:“The Prime Minister confirmed on 28th July that there would be Growth Deals for the Islands, however, since this announcement the Government has fallen silent in providing further details on the Islands Deal.

“The three Island Councils have invested a great deal of time in taking forward a Deal for the Islands and it really is important that the UK Government make an announcement soon.”

Following the decision of the Supreme Spanish Court to jail nine Catalan prisoners, Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil has tabled parliamentary questions to the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth, Dominic Raab, to find out what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Spain and each country in the European Union.

The Spanish court sentenced the nine pro-independence leaders to between 9-13 years in jail for sedition.

Former vice president Oriol Junqueras, an elected member of the European and Spanish Parliaments, will serve 13 years behind bars, with former ministers Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva and Dolors Bassa getting 12 year sentences. They were all found guilty of sedition and misuse of funds for their role in the 2017 Catalan referendum.

The former Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, was sentenced to 11 and a half years while Former ministers Joaquim Forn and Josep Rull were convicted of the same time, getting 10 and a half years each, while civic activists Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart have been sentenced to 9 years each, also for sedition.

They are all also barred from office for the same length of time. Mr MacNeil has met on many occasions with Catalan politicians during his time in Parliament.

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP said: “This is a shocking and unjust decision by the Spanish courts. The fact that political leaders in Europe are being jailed for their beliefs is sickening, but worse again is the silence from leaders across Europe on the Catalan situation.

"The UK Government should be doing everything in their power to defend these Catalan politicians and frankly address Spain for their abhorrent behaviour.

"The Spanish government have allowed police violence, censorship of the Catalans and now jailed Catalan leaders for holding a democratic referendum in 2017. This is not a precedent which should be allowed.

"The 9 political leaders were simply expressing their democratic rights, with the court’s decision the nine politicians jail time adds up to some 99.5 years in prison.

"My thoughts are with the prisoners, their families and supporters at what must be an incredibly distressing time.”

 

Ferry passengers are facing the possibility of more disruption to travel, as the annual drydock programme takes MV Isle of Lewis off the Castlebay Oban route from next Saturday (October 19th).

The Isle of Lewis is heading for Stornoway to run the cross-Minch service to Ullapool while Loch Seaforth is away for her annual overhaul. Meanwhile Barra is to be served by the 35-year-old MV Isle of Arran – smaller, slower and older than the regular vessel.

An amended timetable starts on the Oban/Castlebay route on Saturday, with the Isle of Lewis leaving as scheduled at 7.55am to make her last run to Oban. MV Isle of Arran will then leave Oban at the usual time of 1.30pm but arrive 45 minutes later than usual at 7pm.

From Sunday the MV Isle of Arran will operate an amended timetable daily, but on the winter timetable, so there’ll be no sailings on Thursday or Saturday. The crossing will take five and a half hours and return later each day.

Passengers have reacted with dismay to the news that the Isle of Arran is once again to be their winter replacement vessel. One said: “Can’t believe they’ve given Barra the Isle of Arran for the winter run. Five and a half hours on the Minch in that boat, awful, come on!”

CalMac have apologised for the changes to service, which are scheduled to last until November 9th.

In a footnote to the switchover, MV Isle of Arran’s third officer Marino Giorgetti’s work on board has landed him a prize in an international photography competition. The CalMac crewman's picture (above) of him changing a lightbulb on the main mast of the MV Isle of Arran impressed judges at seafarers' union Nautilus and is now to hang in the union’s London HQ.

Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson said the image illustrates how seafarers often work far from home away from families in order to deliver 95% of the world's goods. Marino was presented with his prize at the Nautilus annual general meeting in Rotterdam.

Dry-dock service for MV Loch Seaforth means changes to the Stornoway Ullapool service from Sunday (October 20th), as the Loch Seaforth heads off to Birkenhead for her annual overhaul.

Two ferries will operate the route for most of the 19-day absence of MV Loch Seaforth, with MV Isle of Lewis taking up her old passenger route on Sunday afternoon.

Her journey time, which is 15 minutes longer, means the timetable will be amended. Morning departures from Stornoway at 7am will continue but the afternoon service will leave Stornoway at 2.30pm, half an hour later than normal.

Meanwhile the night-time freight service will be run by MV Hebridean Isles, starting with a single crossing at 11pm on Sunday night, October 20th. Thereafter she’ll leave Stornoway at 5pm each afternoon and 1am the following morning, making two return crossings to make up for her smaller size.

Hebridean Isles leaves for her own drydock overhaul on November 4th, and for the three days between then and the expected return of MV Loch Seaforth on November 8th, Isle of Lewis will be running round the clock, with an overnight sailing at 10.30pm each night as well as the scheduled passenger sailings.

The demand on MV Isle of Lewis is bound to cause some passenger concern, especially as the old ferry – in service since 1996 – has been dogged with technical problems through the late summer on her usual route between Castlebay and Oban.

A planned switch-off will see 1,040 homes in Point without power tomorrow morning (Tuesday October 15th) as maintenance and upgrade work is completed on the electricity network.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have notified all affected households that the power will be off between 9am and 1pm tomorrow, while the work is carried out.

In Garrabost a transformer is being upgraded and there’ll be some additional maintenance work between Garrabost and Claypark.

Meanwhile the site for positioning an emergency generator on the road towards Tiumpan Head lighthouse is also to be extended to accommodate the new, larger generators used in case of a major power outage.

A spokesman for SSEN said: “While the work is being done customers will be without power for the shortest time necessary. The safety of our customers and staff is at the heart of what we do and would like to apologise for the inconvenience this causes.”

There was a Western Isles triumph for the women's football team in Glasgow yesterday (Saturday October 12th).

The score was 3-0 to WI against a Young Glasgow City FC team full of very talented future stars, said the WI team on Twitter.

They added: "Thank you Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 for inviting us to be part of this historic day.

This match was the first ever Female Mod Cup Game and was held on Glasgow Green.

Euan Macleod, Head Coach of the Lewis & Harris/Western Isles Women's Football Squads, explained earlier in the week how the match came about, saying: “We were approached by the Mod Committee a number of weeks ago about the possibility of playing the first ever Females Mod Cup Football Match.

“We are very excited by the prospect of playing in Glasgow and very flattered that the Committee have made this decision to highlight the Women's game.”

“For the game we have decided to limit the amount of Island based players as most of them are still in school and have had a long tiring season.

“We do, however, have a large number of Island Girls playing football in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow who are coming together to pull on the Western Isles shirt once again."

 

The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website

New house, Uig.

Tim Vaughan of 1 Monkhams Farm Barns, Waltham Abbey, Essex, has applied for planning permission to build a house and create an access at Site 2, 6 Reef, Uig. 

New agricultural building, Point.

John Macleod of 14A Melbost, Point, has applied for planning permission to erect an agricultural building at 14A Melbost, Point.

New lattice tower, Lochs. 

EE Limited has applied for planning permission to erect a 15 metre high lattice tower with associated 118.9 square metre compound containing 3 equipment cabinets at the Telecommunications Mast and Compound, Lemreway, Lochs.

New polycrub, Lochs

Murdo Macarthur of 10 Cromore has applied for planning permission to erect a polycrub at 10 Cromore, Lochs. The polycrub is to be 5.3 metres long, 4 metres wide and 2.6 metres tall, and it is to be covered in clear polycarbonate. 

Change of use of building, Stornoway

Iain Murray of Underground, 10 Francis Street, has applied for planning permission to change the use of the office space at 10A Francis Street into retail space. The work is also to include external painting work. 

The Larbour Party on the Western Isles has lashed out at the SNP Government over the jobs crisis at Arnish with prospective Labour candidate Alison MacCorquodale calling for urgent action to protect jobs at BiFab Arnish and to ensure a flow of work which will give future security to the yard.

Ms MacCorquodale said: "Once again we see the threat of redundancy hanging over Arnish workers. The lack of certainty and continuity is a disgrace which flows directly from the Scottish Government's failure to invest in and properly support the offshore renewables industry.

"Arnish is dependent on BiFab but they are left at the tail-end of a chain, fighting for crumbs from the big offshore wind contracts because of lack of investment in the Fife yards.

"The SNP has had a decade to prepare for the certainty of offshore wind developing in a big way off the Scottish coast, yet nothing has been done to put the necessary infrastructure in place to compete for major orders.

"Indeed, the only reason Arnish is in a position to carry out the work passed on to it is the investment which took place under previous Labour administrations, specifically with the renewables market in mind."*

She said that unless there was a change of policy and a real commitment to investment in renewables infrastructure, Arnish would remain a "stop-start innocent victim" of failings elsewhere.

UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said:"It is an outrage that these workers are still facing uncertain futures. It's quite straightforward - BiFab needs certainty and investment just like other green industries of the future. Labour, through our National Transformation Fund and National Investment Bank, will provide the investment that Scotland needs in places like the Arnish yard in the Western Isles.

"Labour is absolutely committed to tackling the climate emergency but we will not do that by watching our engineering base lose out on work.  A Labour Government will take a far greater role in planning this part of our economy so we can protect existing industries and jobs as well as creating new ones as part of our green industrial revolution. And I can tell you this, that if the Scottish Government - just like the Tory UK Government - won’t, we will make the investment that our green industries need as soon as we get elected."

 

 

An Lanntair last night (Friday 11 October) welcomed a deeply personal photo-essay on the links of family across continents to its main gallery – with photographer Arpita Shah.

Roddy Murray, the Head of Visual Arts & Literature, introduced Arpita saying the show was one that went across the world, cross-cultural and cross-generational, bringing together photographs and memorabilia.

Arpita said she had started the project in 2015 after her grandmother had been unwell and in a coma for 15 days and she realised she had never looked artistically at the history of her own family.  Her grandmother said that when she was in the coma, she dreamt she was in the ocean between East Africa and India and this concept inspired the project called Nalini.

And today (Saturday 12th), at 3pm, Arpita will host an informal walk and talk tour around the show.   Nalini focuses on Arpita, her mother and grandmother to explore ancestral intimacies and how their histories, memories, and bodies are intertwined.  A personal journey developed across India, Kenya, and the UK, the process includes portraiture, forgotten family photographs, shared and individual memories of objects, places, and family stories.

Arpita Shah was born in 1983, in Ahmedabad, India, and has been based in Edinburgh for 17 years where she works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture, heritage, and identity meet.

Nalini is presented in association with Street Level Photography as part of the Purvai Festival programme and runs at An Lanntair gallery until 16 November.

 

Police are classifying the death of a number of sheep in South Harris as failure to report a road traffic collision (RTC).

The sheep died between Monday 30th September and Wednesday 2nd October after being struck by one or more vehicles on the peat road between Leverburgh and Finsbay.

Police last week appealed for information, asking anyone with information to call 101 and cite reference NH1379/19.

They said the incident resulted in significant loss to the owners of the animals and that any collision with such an animal is a reportable RTC, meaning police must be contacted.

Anyone who has information is requested to call 101 and quote reference number NH1379/19. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

(This article has been updated to include further information about the incident provided by police).

A new CalMac team has delivered more than 15,000 extra car spaces over the past year thanks to more efficient on-board deck management.

Since the introduction of a new dedicated team dealing with island businesses, the ferry operator says it has successfully freed up deck space much earlier to the travelling public than would have been possible previously.

This is making space available equivalent to 185 sailings of the MV Caledonian Isles over a 12 month period.

The team was established to manage businesses that have a requirement to block book space on board. Its introduction is in response to feedback from community groups across the network who had identified this as a key issue affecting their service.

'We are aware that as demand for our services has increased and capacity become constrained, the block booking system has become a target for those frustrated by the lack of available space.  However, it goes to the heart of providing a "lifeline" ferry service,' said CalMac's Managing Director, Robbie Drummond.

'Hauliers need to travel almost every day to provide the essentials island communities depend on. They are also critical to local economies and businesses carrying produce, like whisky, from the islands to markets on the mainland and beyond.'

'By getting to know their specific business needs and ways of operating, we are now in a much better position to manage deck space. Thanks to this more highly focused relationship approach we can now monitor and reallocate unused space as required more effectively.'

Demand for space on ferries has never been greater. Vehicle traffic has increased more than 31% since 2011 with CalMac now carrying 350,000 more vehicles annually than it did eight years ago.

Meanwhile ferry and ports owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has acquired the MV Loch Seaforth from Lloyds Banking Group for an undisclosed amount.  The bank financed the building of the ferry and leased it to CMAL, which is Scottish government-owned, for the past five years.It is claimed that, under the initial deal, the ferry service to the Western Isles would have cost taxpayers at least £67 million by 2022 - but the bankers would still have owned the passenger ship.

 

Confusion exists tonight (Thursday October 10th) over whether a new threat of redundancy hangs over workers at Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) yard in Arnish, according to unions Unite and GMB.

The two big unions said a “major blow” had been dealt to the Isle of Lewis workforce.  A Unite representative claimed that staff were told that the site would be down-manning to zero, with most workers handed a six-week notice period.

But the Energy Voice newsletter states that the yard’s Canadian owner DF Barnes has denied the claims and said it had issued no notices to staff.  A source close to the Newfoundland-based firm was quoted saying that “no redundancies have been issued to BiFab”.

It comes just months after a job-saving contract got underway to build 100 monopiles for the Moray East Offshore wind farm, revitalising the Lewis facility back in March.

In July it was revealed that BiFab had secured work for eight of the 53 jacket foundations for the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm off the coast of Angus,  It is thought the deal could create up to 200 jobs at the firm’s Methil yard in Fife, but no contract has been agreed.

In a joint statement, Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty and his GMB counterpart Gary Smith said there is a “major cloud of uncertainty” over the future.

They said: “The news of redundancy notices to the workforce at Arnish is a major blow to the workers who have had to endure so much uncertainty over recent years.”

BiFab was rescued from the brink of administration by the Scottish Government in a £25m agreement before being purchased by Canadian firm DF Barnes last April, although hundreds of jobs were shed.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said it was “in regular contact” with staff and would “provide support for any staff affected”.

“Some contracts are nearing completion, but by working with the company to secure new business, we hope to provide the best means of creating jobs in the longer term for both the Fife and Isle of Lewis communities.”

Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty and GMB Scotland, Scottish Secretary, Gary Smith went on to say: “It was only in March that we had the Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse announcing a contract award with over 80 jobs being created.

“There is a major cloud of uncertainty over the future of the BiFab yards in Arnish and in Fife which can only be lifted by the awarding of new contracts and investment into the yards.

“Unite and the GMB have been working tirelessly to ensure that the BiFab yards secure work from EDF’s £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind project.

“However, we have been waiting on this announcement for months now and it’s time for the silence to end because the workforce needs some stability and certainty.”

“It’s also clear that this latest development in Arnish is part of a long-running and sorry saga regarding the abject failure of the Scottish and UK Governments to ensure working-class communities benefit from the so-called green revolution.

“To date minimal work and minimal jobs have been directly created in Scotland by the billions of pounds being invested into the renewables sector in Scotland.

“It’s a national scandal and politicians must be held to account.”

A deeply personal photo-essay on family across continents that explores the shared narratives of migration and the Indian Diaspora opens in An Lanntair gallery tomorrow  (Friday 11 October) at 5pm.

And on Saturday 12th, at 3pm, Arpita will host an informal walk and talk tour around her latest show.

Entitled ‘Nalini’, the exhibition displays stunning works by photographer Arpita Shah as she focuses on her mother, grandmother, and herself to explore ancestral intimacies and how their histories, memories, and bodies are intertwined.

A personal journey developed across India, Kenya, and the UK, the process includes portraiture, forgotten family photographs, shared and individual memories of objects, places, and family stories.

Arpita Shah (b. 1983, Ahmedabad, India) is based in Edinburgh where she works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture, heritage, and identity meet.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and ‘Nalini’ is presented in association with Street Level Photography as part of the Purvai Festival programme.

The exhibition opening of ‘Nalini’ is free for all to attend.

‘Nalini’ runs at An Lanntair gallery until 16 November.

 

The greatest concentration of tree planting under the Western Isles Croft Woodlands Project has been in the Point and Sandwick Trust area, it has emerged.

There have been 413 inquiries into tree planting through the project, since it was set up in 2016, with 73 of them from Point and Sandwick townships – making 18 per cent of the interest.

The rate of interest has been revealed by the Western Isles Croft Woodlands Project following the news the project is on course to have planted 100,000 trees across the Outer Hebrides by 2020.

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust support the Western Isles Croft Woodland Project to the tune of around £70,000 a year, making it one of their flagship projects, and announced earlier this year that it would be extended for a second five-year phase.

SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska has hailed the Western Isles Croft Woodlands Project as “incredibly inspirational in terms of its reach into crofts across the Outer Hebrides, the number of trees planted, the practical support that is being offered to crofters” and the “drive and enthusiasm” of Project Officer Viv Halcrow.

Francesca added: “I was really impressed by the commitment of Point and Sandwick Trust to using wind turbine revenue to support the local community.”

Geographically, although Croft Woodlands schemes have been planted throughout the islands, Point and Sandwick districts have had the greatest concentration of them. Eleven croft planting schemes have been planted so far. Another two are scheduled for this winter and more are in development.

Five free tree packs, supplied by Woodland Trust, have been given out and planted around football pitches – one pack around the Sandwick pitch on East Street and four packs around Point FC’s pitch in Garrabost – to give screening and shelter. Free tree packs can contain between 30 and 420 trees and most people have been choosing packs of 420 trees.

Viv Halcrow, Western Isles Croft Woodlands Project Officer, said: “There has been a huge amount of interest in tree planting in Point and Sandwick. Of course, people are also planting trees without help from the project. With the continuation of the Croft Woodlands Project I hope to be able to help many more people to plant areas of trees on the croft, develop schemes suitable for common grazings, and help community groups with Free Tree packs.”

Viv said there had been a planting scheme “in most of the townships” in Point and Sandwick, with particularly good engagement in Garrabost, Lower Bayble, Aird, Aignish, East Street and North Street – and more than one scheme in several of these villages.

Viv believes Point and Sandwick Trust’s strong public engagement is part of the reason the Croft Woodlands project has been so successful in the Point and Sandwick Trust area.

However, she noted that people had been keen for more trees to be planted before the project was established and these views had emerged in the Trust’s original community consultation about how people wanted to spend the profits from the Beinn Ghrideag wind farm.

She also believes there is a knock-on effect as more and more people see others planting trees.

“As people see trees being planted on their neighbour’s croft they think ‘ooh, I could do that’,” she said. “Maybe word is getting around and when the original community consultation was done the idea of having a lot more woodland – native woodland particularly – came out very strongly. People are looking to diversify their crofts but it’s the Point and Sandwick Trust involvement locally that’s brought it to people’s attention and to people’s minds.”

Viv is delighted the scheme is being extended and said people with influence “sat up and took notice” when Point and Sandwick Trust announced the second phase at the Croft Woodland conference in May. “It’s a fantastic commitment on Point and Sandwick Trust’s part and it has encouraged the other partners that support the Croft Woodlands project in the rest of the crofting counties to also come on board and commit to the next five years.”

The project was set up by Point and Sandwick Trust in partnership with the Woodland Trust and also involves Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Viv said: “I think it’s been really popular and seems to be working in helping people do something they’ve maybe been wanting to do for quite a while.” She added the key was being able to provide “advice, practical help and access to grant schemes”.

Parents, staff and pupils at Pairc School gathered for a major event yesterday (Wednesday October 9th) to mark the opening of their new facilities to encourage outdoor learning. 

These aim to relate what’s learned inside the school to things outside the building, encouraging understanding of how the learning can be actually used.

Headteacher Pauline Macleod said the development – involving facilities such as a bug hotel, wildlife camera, a story-telling chair, a seating area, stone circle, polytunnel, and outdoor equipment for the pupils themselves – has been high on the agenda on the school development plan for a couple of years,

“The evidence shows that when children are familiar with a context and understand the world around them, they become more engaged in learning and that can lead to higher attainment.  Outdoor learning is a fantastic way to do this.” 

Children in the school’s catchment area – with the school itself a 40-minute drive from Stornoway and many homes further away – are at a disadvantage about what they can access in terms of clubs and activities. 

The school applied successfully to a charity called Learning Through Landscapes (formerly Grounds For Learning) for support for their project and the charity also provided training. 

Then the project won support in cash and in kind from local firms and their employees, as well as parents and other members of the community. Breedon Northern and Mowi were among the commercial backers, along with Scottish Salmon.  Also supportive was Peter Maclennan who provided a donation towards buying outdoor clothing for the children at the school and performed the official opening by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.  

Mrs Macleod told those attending the opening event that the school’s surroundings provided a wonderful environment for the pupils to learn in, which made what the school offers unique and different.  “We have got this wonderful area which we can use to engage the children’s learning and enhance it.”

The event coincided with a fundraising coffee and cakes afternoon in support of Macmillan Cancer Support – and with a presentation, official thanks and the showing of a short commendatory film for Peter Maclennan who has provided regular services as a bus driver to the school for as number of years.

 

Harris Tweed is well represented in Japan this week, marking Scotland's participation in the Rugby World Cup finals and the partnership between Harris Tweed Hebrides and Scottish Rugby - but just as the company's home village of Shawbost can't escape the Atlantic storms, the team in Yokohama are on tenterhooks awaiting the arrival of a typhoon.

A number of events are planned for the next few days with the Princess Royal - a great supporter of both Harris Tweed and Scottish Rugby - in attendance.

On Sunday, Scotland are due to play Japan in their final group stage game which will determine which side progresses to the knock-out stages.

However, the threat of a typhoon hitting the Tokyo area over the week-end has thrown all these arrangements into doubt.

Speaking from Yokohama, where the Scotland party is based, HTH chairman Brian Wilson said: "As well as the game itself, there is supposed to be a lot happening over the next few days but it is all up in the air. 

"It could pass us by or else Tokyo and Yokohama could be in lock-down with everything cancelled".

Japan is the leading export market for the fabric and the World Cup offered a rare promotional opportunity with two high-level receptions at the British Embassy in Tokyo, extensive media interest and a range of other events and meetings.

Along with the leading Scottish retailer, Walker Slater, Harris Tweed Hebrides are now official partners of Scottish Rugby for the next two years. They have supplied the formalwear for the team and officials who travelled to Japan.

The British Ambassador, Paul Madden, hosted a reception for Scottish Development International at his residence in Tokyo where both Harris Tweed Hebrides and the Harris Tweed Authority were represented along with other prominent Scottish textile firms.

Paul Walker, managing director of Walker Slater, co-partner with Harris Tweed Hebrides and Scottish Rugby, (to rear of picture) was among the guests.

 

Centenary commemorations for the anniversary of the Iolaire tragedy in Stornoway could be recognised tomorrow (Thursday October 10th) with an award celebrating the very best in local government initiatives.

The winner of the 2019 COSLA excellence (local matters) awards will be announced on Thursday evening at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s commemoration programme – HMY Iolaire: A Community Remembers – is shortlisted by the local government organisation COSLA for the local matters category of their 2019 excellence awards.

A team of three from Stornoway were invited to make a formal presentation in Edinburgh in mid-September, after judges ranked the initiative in the top three from a list of ten local authority projects.

Colin George Morrison of CnES, Nicolson Institute pupil Hannah Macleod and historical authority Malcolm Macdonald went to the mainland and made their presentation alongside finalists from Highland Council’s parcel delivery law website and representatives of the Clydesdale integrated community support team from South Lanarkshire Council.

Malcolm Macdonald told welovestornoway.com: “The final presentation went as well as it possibly could have. Hannah’s presentation in particular was very accomplished and well-delivered. We felt like we acquitted ourselves well and can only now wait for the outcome.”

A panel of judges including experts from media, local and national government, the Scottish Parliament and the private sector will make the final decision, based on innovative practice. The awards are designed to celebrate effective responses to the major challenges that councils and their partners face.

HMY Iolaire: A Community Remembers was a commemoration event which included public services, performances and exhibitions and which culminated on the night of December 31st 2018 with a free concert and parade featuring commissioned music and local performers.

This was followed on January 1st 2019 with the unveiling of a new monument just yards from the site of the tragedy at the Beasts of Holm. The unveiling was attended by HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and by representatives of all the armed forces, and was accompanied on the water by a flotilla of vessels including the CalMac ferry Loch Seaforth, fishing vessels and the RNLI lifeboat.

Educational activity surrounding the centenary was delivered at all schools in Lewis and Harris. This included the Dileab music and performance project and construction of a new memorial designed and constructed by school pupils in Stornoway town centre.

Inspired by a talk from John Norgrove, 1st Laxdale Scouts have raised £650 for the Linda Norgrove Foundation with a sponsored hike up the Clisham.

Scouts learnt about the history of Afghanistan, about Linda’s life and the work that the foundation is doing today – funding education, health and childcare for women and children affected by the war in Afghanistan.

After camping in Harris the night before, the Scouts enjoyed mostly dry weather for their ascent of the Clisham and, as can been seen in the photograph, were rewarded by clear views from the top.

More information about the work of the foundation can be found online at lindanorgrovefoundation.org

The elderly and disabled will soon be able to have dental care delivered in their own homes, following upgrades at the Uist and Barra Hospital.

A proposed four-chair dental suite will operate from the hospital site in Balivanich, which will allow the service to be co-located with other clinical services.

It is expected that the new arrangements will come into place within the next 18 months.

The new service will focus on reducing the existing waiting times for registration, while continuing to provide high quality dental care. 

The service will also operate outreach provision, to provide dental care to frail older people and disabled people in their own homes or in a local environment.

By deploying new mobile dental chairs, the service will become more flexible and can be set up safely and effectively in a variety of environments, from community centres to care homes. 

Work will be undertaken over the next few months to develop an implementation plan, which will describe the physical changes to the hospital and will describe how the new service will operate.

In the meantime, the existing dental clinics at Lochmaddy and Liniclete will continue to operate, meaning people should continue to use the service in the same way.

The wider redesign of the hospital site is part of an ambitious longer-term plan to deliver sustainable health and social care services for the Uist community. In addition to bringing the dental team on site, it is also planned to bring the Benbecula Medical Practice and Scottish Ambulance Service into the hub as well. Over the next few months, a bid will be worked up in support of these proposals.

None of the existing clinical services provided within the hospital will change. While there will be a need to reconfigure the physical space, all of the essential and existing medical services will continue to be provided, including emergency medicine. A team of local clinicians and managers is currently working on the redesign proposals, to ensure that patients’ needs are fully met.

NHS Western Isles will continue to keep members of the public informed as these new arrangements come into place.

A landmark football game between the Lewis and Harris Women’s football club and Glasgow City XI will take place this weekend.

This match will be the first ever Female Mod Cup Game and will be held on Saturday 12 October at 2:30pm.

The game will take place this Saturday, 2.30pm v Glasgow City XI, Glasgow Green.

Euan Macleod, Head Coach of the Lewis & Harris/Western Isles Women's Football Squads, explained how the match came about, saying: “We were approached by the Mod Committee a number of weeks ago about the possibility of playing the first ever Females Mod Cup Football Match.

“We are very excited by the prospect of playing in Glasgow and very flattered that the Committee have made this decision to highlight the Women's game.”

“For the game we have decided to limit the amount of Island based players as most of them are still in school and have had a long tiring season.

“We do however have a large number of Island Girls playing football in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow who are coming together to pull on the Western Isles shirt once again.

“Catherine Ann Macleod will be Head Coach for the day. This will bring a nostalgic edge to the match as she Coached all of the Girls in the Squad to many a victory in the Scottish Schools Cup, with the Nicolson Institute in previous years.

“It would be great for the Central Belt Islanders to come along and give their support to the Island Girls and that we can give a good showing of ourselves for the match.”

 


 

Stornoway Port Authority will shortly be allocating a limited number of marina berths for the period from 1 November 2019 to 1 May 2020 

Owners of vessels up to 14 metres in length requesting a berth should apply in writing by 1700 on Wednesday 16 October 2019 to Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brexit uncertainty and changes are a big threat to Western Isles shellfish industry. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan yesterday raised the concerns of the live shellfish sector during a Ministerial Statement to the Scottish Parliament on preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit.

Responding to Alasdair Allan, Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP said that one of the specific priorities of the Scottish Government had been to secure much greater clarity and assurance for the shellfish sector about their ability to get their product to market timeously.

While they have not reached a specific point of agreement with the UK Government, the Deputy First Minister said they are hopeful of getting to a position where the UK Government at last understands the need for shellfish to get to market as quickly as possible.

In a recent answer to a Parliamentary Question regarding shellfish, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing MSP said that the Scottish Government was not aware of any contingency plan by the UK Government for Scotland's shellfish, and that they have repeatedly urged the UK Government to consider special arrangements for hauliers of perishable goods, such as live shellfish, so that vehicles carrying products are prioritised on the way to the border in order to reduce delays.

Shellfish landings play an important role in the economy of the Western Isles, accounting for around 90% of total landings.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“Presently, shellfish exporters in the Western Isles face challenging enough circumstances in delivering via ferry and road produce to their primary export markets in France and Spain – all while ensuring the shellfish stay alive during journeys of up to thousands of miles.

“However, the threat of “no-deal” and post-Brexit export tariffs, border delays and the need for extra documentation such as Export Health Certificates are causing real anxiety to local producers.

“This is a vitally important part of the island economy and yet another example of why, whatever your views on the merits of Brexit, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit has to be avoided at all costs.

"The UK Government need to provide much greater assurances as to how shellfish producers can continue to export to the continent in this scenario.”

 

 

Low levels of pay for those in work, not levels of joblessness, are the key cause of poverty in the Outer Hebrides.  That’s one of the key facts revealed by the Outer Hebrides Anti-Poverty Strategy outlined yesterday (Tuesday October 8th)

This is also part of a national trend which has seen the UK Government subsidising low-pay through tax credits far more than similar payments to those out-of-work.

And the situation relating to fuel poverty and wasted energy is far worse in the Islands.  A total of 57.9% of dwelling places were rated not energy efficient in 2016, compared to a Scottish average of 34%, while households in fuel poverty (roughly those who have to spend more than 10% of their income on heating) total 55.6% compared to a Scottish average of 31%.

Speaking at the launch of the strategy in an event at e-Sgoil in Francis Street, Stornoway, yesterday, Councillor Angus McCormack, who chairs the Anti-Poverty Strategy Working Group, said: “Growing up in poverty can have a lasting influence on a child.  Whether it is physically, emotionally, or academically, it can be a daily struggle for a family. “

He said the local policy was developed from the Child Poverty Act, introduced in 2017, and adapted to local circumstances. 

“The latest statistics for child poverty in the Outer Hebrides show that 767 children in the area are in low income households.”  However, this measure is not necessarily accurate – a recent report indicated the Outer Hebrides were among the top third for concentration of child poverty in Scotland.

In a report issued as part of Challenge Poverty Week, which is running at the moment, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said that poverty levels had fallen between the 1999-2002 period and 2015-18 but they had now started to rise again across Scotland.  The report reckoned that more than 1m Scots were struggling in poverty conditions, including 240,000 children, 640,000 working-age adults, and 150,000 pensioners.

Councillor Norman A Macdonald, the convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “What is vital to the success of this strategy is a willingness to address the very real problems experienced by some in the our community.”

Recent research concludes that the budgets required by households to meet a minimum acceptable standard of living in remote and rural Scotland are between a tenth and a third more than in urban areas of the UK. While Island living costs were the highest of all.  This was then compounded by the level of wages being lower. 

Dr Maggie Watts, the director of public health for the Western Isles, explained that there were going to be a series of ‘Get Heard” local engagement sessions being held about the strategy over the next five months throughout the Islands.  The aim is to get more evidence and actual experience of the reality of poverty in the Isles.  Along with input from other related organisations throughout the Isles, this would be used to update the strategy in the future. 

Child poverty means growing up in families without the resources to ‘obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities’ which are the norm in 21st century Scotland.

Children are considered to be living in poverty if they live in households with less than 60% of median household income. This is the key measure used by UK and Scottish Government.

From latest figures (2015-18) a family is considered as in poverty if they are living on:

  • Less than £363 a week or £18,900 a year for a single person with children aged five and 14
  • Less than £463 or £24,100 a year for a couple with children aged five and 14

Alexander “Sandy” Moffat, the distinguished Scottish painter, has been appointed artist-in-residence to the Royal National Mòd 2019, and commissioned by Glasgow Life in partnership with the Hunterian Museum and the University of Glasgow to create an original artwork marking the Mòd’s return to Clydeside for the first time in almost three decades.

The Mòd was last held in Glasgow in 1990, during its year as European City of Culture. Some 29 years on, Gaelic – which has been spoken in the city for centuries – is flourishing. In fact, Glasgow is home to the largest number of Gaelic speakers outwith the Highlands and Islands and a growing number of citizens are speaking it, learning it and participating in Gaelic cultural events. In July this year, the revival was accentuated with Niall O’ Gallagher’s appointment as the first ever Bàrd Baile Ghlaschu (Glasgow’s City Gaelic Poet Laureate).  

It is this important moment in the city’s Gaelic history that will be immortalised by Sandy Moffat OBE RSA, as the Mòd makes its return visit to Glasgow on Friday (October 11). During the nine-day festival, the artist will immerse himself in the atmosphere, observe events and research the city’s Gaelic past and present. Those impressions will feed into an original artwork, which will be unveiled in Glasgow in January 2020.

The Gaelic Poet Laureate and the Artist-in-residency bookend Glasgow Life’s contribution to Gaelic in the city during the Mòd with a programme of free screenings, talks, workshops and language tasters all taking place at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow).

The Mòd provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, Highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature and during the week, a host of fringe activity will also take place.

Thanks to the new residency, Alexander Moffat’s illustrious body of work will now be complemented by a brand new painting, which is destined, like his famous depictions of poets and folk musicians, Poets’ Pub and Scotland’s Voices, to be enjoyed by art lovers and Gaelic cultural enthusiasts for generations to come.

Sandy Moffat said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity to observe and make work during the Mòd. It’s a unique opportunity to get close up to this great Gaelic festival.”

Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “The Mòd’s return to Glasgow is a momentous occasion that will give many thousands of people the opportunity to engage with Gaelic heritage and culture through music, song, poetry, storytelling, sport and much more.

“It will be fascinating to see Sandy Moffat’s take on this event. The late, great Gaelic bard Sorley MacLean featured prominently in his famous painting, Poets’ Pub, while the contemporary piper and Gaelic scholar Allan Macdonald is celebrated in Scotland’s Voices – and I’m looking forward to finding out how Gaelic culture in Glasgow, and the 2019 Mòd, will be depicted in his forthcoming new work.” 

Professor Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, Professor of Gaelic and Vice Principal and Head of the College of Arts / Colaiste nan Ealain at the University of Glasgow, said: “We are delighted to partner with the city of Glasgow to help celebrate Gaelic culture in our city. It is an exciting time for the language in Glasgow as we have seen an increasing demand for Gaelic-medium education, music and culture, all of which will be celebrated in this year’s Mòd.

“We feel that Sandy Moffat is the perfect person to take on this project. Over the course of his career, he has created a kind of ‘history painting’ capturing iconic moments in our cultural renaissance. This has included both the 1980 Poets’ Pub of major poets and writers working in Scotland at that time including our own Edwin Morgan and its more recent companion painting called Scotland’s Voices celebrating the oral tradition in Scottish culture.

“We look forward to seeing how Sandy Moffat captures Gaelic culture in contemporary Glasgow.”

 

A representative from the Ministry of Energy in Chile met recently with Point and Sandwick Trust to learn from their experience in building Beinn Ghrideag, the biggest community wind farm in the UK, so that Chile can develop its community energy sector.

Chilean community energy co-ordinator Francisco Merino Jofré met with wind farm developer Calum MacDonald and Point and Sandwick Trust general manager Donald John MacSween, chairman Norman Mackenzie and honorary president Angus McCormack.

Francisco received advice from Calum MacDonald about how to overcome financial  barriers and begin persuading commercial lenders to invest in community projects.

Chile has a number of community-owned renewables projects in development – in solar, wind and hydro power – but these projects, although fully consented, are unable to proceed because they cannot get finance, due to a perception that community projects are higher risk.

Calum, who secured the £13million finance for Beinn Ghrideag before the financial model existed for banks to invest in community groups, gave Francisco several key contacts in banking which should help the Chilean government to make a breakthrough and create a financial system for community projects.

Calum, a former MP for the Western Isles, said it was “a great pleasure and honour to host Francisco at Point and Sandwick” and spoke of his hopes that the Chilean government would be able to follow up on the meeting and make progress with their community sector.

He also said: “We learned about the power of community energy from pioneering projects in places like Denmark and Germany where almost 50 per cent of all the turbines are now community owned.

"So it’s extremely satisfying as a Scottish community wind farm to think that we’re now passing on some of these lessons onto our colleagues in Chile and it’s very inspiring to think that there are rural communities in the remote parts of Chile that could be taking a lead from what we have achieved in the Western Isles.”

Calum recognised that Chile’s biggest problem was trying to convince commercial investors like banks to lend to community-owned wind farms.  “That was a problem we had as well,” he said. “We know that problem very well because we faced it when the Co-op bank went out of business and they were the only people who were lending large sums of money to commercial energy in the UK. So we had to go banging on doors of various banks till we finally got one that was willing to take a punt on us.

“Now it’s different, of course. There’s a huge appetite out there for investing in community energy but as our Chilean colleagues were saying, getting that started is the hard bit.  We gave Francisco contacts in the banking sector including the Spanish banking sector who are very active in Latin America so I’m hopeful that they’ll be able to follow that through and make some good progress on their projects.”

Francisco was in Lewis to meet with Point and Sandwick Trust for a knowledge exchange as part of a research trip to Scotland.

He visited a number of community projects around the country but said before the meeting that he believed Point and Sandwick Trust was “the best match for me to make the most of my visit and to strengthen the ongoing experience between the Chilean State and Scotland”.

He said the UK’s experience in renewables and its initiatives and policies were a model to follow for Chilean energy strategy, with his main interest being in what the community projects could teach in terms of local organisation, finance and community management. The intention was for his insights to lead to modifications in Chile that would affect industry, stakeholders and finance.

Speaking in a personal capacity afterwards, Francisco said the visit had been “very useful” as an exchange of knowledge about community energy and that he hoped it would be a link between the two countries, coming up as the next two hosts of the United Nations’ climate change summit – Chile in December 2019 as host of Cop25 and Scotland as host of Cop26.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is now a Living Wage employer.  

As well as paying the living wage to employees the Comhairle has also decided to pay the living wage rate to Apprentices.

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said:  “We are delighted that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have become an accredited Living Wage employer. They join a movement of over 1500 Scottish employers who choose to go beyond the legal minimum and ensure that all their staff receive a rate of pay that is based on the cost of living.

The announcement comes during Challenge Poverty Week when more than 200 groups and organisations across Scotland will be showcasing the action we need to tackle poverty, including what can be done to address in-work poverty.

With more than half of children in poverty in Scotland living in a household where someone works, employers choosing to take action to loosen the grip of poverty and pay a real Living Wage that reflects the cost of living has never been more important.”

Comhairle Leader, Councillor Roddie Mackay, said: “The Comhairle is pleased to be taking part in Challenge Poverty Week. With today’s theme being “Employment and in-work poverty”, it is very appropriate that the Comhairle has today announced that it has gained accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.

“We are committed to our successful apprenticeship programme and I look forward to seeing the benefits which today’s announcement will bring. It is important that we do everything we can to try and reverse depopulation and make it appealing for people to work in the Western Isles.”

Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager said: “Congratulations to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on becoming a Living Wage accredited employer. Their accreditation is a signal of their commitment to tackle low pay and in-work poverty. It is also an important milestone for the Living Wage movement as now over half of Scottish Local Authorities are accredited Living Wage employers."

  • Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, producer of www.welovestornoway.com, has been a Living Wage employer since 2017

 

 

 

It's consumer day today (Tuesday October 8th) at Decorex International, Europe’s leading event for interior design professional, being held in London, and Harris Tweed Hebrides, from Shawbost, is there flying the flag for the Island's most internationally renowned industry.

They say: "Come and see us upstairs at stand N262 if you’re visiting."

Established in 1978, Decorex 2019 is running at Olympia London exhibition centre on the 6th-9th October.

Each year they curate a four-day show presenting next-level design from across the world, presenting interior products, projects and perspectives – and the people who create them.

The organisers say that exhibitors at Decorex push the boundary of fine design and visitors can see their newest collections, source original products, and build relationships with the designers.

And there is also a packed programme of talks for exhbitors featuring industry names discussing and debating craft, lighting, hotels, yacht design plus much more.

The Islands of Great Bernera and Grimsay are among the pioneers in a communications revolution which has hundreds of people involved in the constructing a new broadband hetwork leading to people's homes and businesses.

Alasdair Allan MSP quizzed engineers from Openreach about Scotland’s digital future during a drop-in session at the Scottish Parliament.

The MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar heard about the work being done to upgrade the country’s broadband network and how politicians can help industry investors to speed up the build.

He also tried connecting tiny glass fibres used to transmit data at the speed of light and chatted to some of the 220 new apprentices taken on by Openreach in Scotland this year.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “Scotland’s at the start of a digital journey from old copper cables to full fibre technology, where the fibre doesn’t stop at the street cabinet but goes all the way to the home. It’s more resilient and future-proof as well as faster – with fibreoptic cables as thin as a hair able to deliver gigabit speeds.

“This was a great opportunity to learn what that will mean for local people, businesses and future public services like education, healthcare, transport, energy, water and housing. Good connectivity supports productivity and economic growth but also brings really valuable new opportunities for sustainable communities.”

According to thinkbroadband, the UK's largest independent broadband news and information site, over 77% of people in the Western Isles can currently access superfast broadband at 30Mbps+.

More than 2.6m Scottish households and businesses can connect to Openreach’s digital network through their service provider – including household names like BT, Sky and TalkTalk.

However, the focus is now shifting to ‘ultrafast’ full fibre, as the copper network reaches the end of its life. Openreach is the UK’s leading full fibre builder, with plans to reach four million homes by March 2021.

Residents of Grimsay and Great Bernera recently become the first in the Western Isles to have full fibre broadband installed as part of the Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Where previously those communities had top download speeds of around 2Mbps and restricted data allowances, they now have access to a full fibre network capable carrying services at 1Gbps - around 18.5 times faster than the current average speed across the UK.

The drop-in event on Thursday, 3 October was hosted by Brendan Dick, chair of the Openreach Board in Scotland, who said: “We can’t build a new full fibre network for Scotland without support from our public sector partners. It won’t be quick or easy, but action to reduce red tape and remove barriers will speed things up.

“The Scottish Government has already reduced the tax on fibre infrastructure but we also need to make street works and getting access to land and blocks of flats simpler and mandate full fibre for all new housing developments, which we think is a no-brainer.

“But this is not simply about putting wires into the ground. It’s about what full fibre technology can do for Scotland, helping to answer long term challenges like energy use, climate change and sustainable rural communities.”

Openreach is recruiting 220 trainees in Scotland this year, building on its biggest ever recruitment of 400 new engineers last year. They join its 3,200-strong Scottish workforce.

It has invested more than £500,000 in fibre training centres in Livingston and Dundee to make sure engineers have the right skills to deliver the new full fibre network.

FTTP is capable of delivering the fastest residential broadband speeds in the UK – up to 1Gbps – that’s around 24 times the UK average speed of 44Mbps (according to Ofcom) and enough to stream 200 HD Netflix movies simultaneously, based on Netflix internet connection speed requirements.

Crofters face losing out of their fair share of £160m in European Union aid, says the Scottish Crofting Federation.

The SCF suggests a more just and principled use of the ‘convergence uplift’ received from Europe.

“Having righted the wrong concerning the CAP convergence uplift, whereby the £160 million has finally been allocated to Scotland as it should have been“, said SCF chair, Yvonne White, “It is now imperative that the use of this payment aligns with the principle under which it was devised in the first place.

“The EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework set out the aim of redistributing CAP payments more equitably across the EU, that all countries receiving less than 90% of the EU average would receive a funding uplift. The UK only qualified for an uplift because of Scotland’s low average and Scotland has a low average due to very low per-hectare payments to crofters and hill farmers on the poorer ground. It is therefore logical and just that the uplift must be directed to those who enabled Scotland to qualify for it.”

Ms White went on to say, “There have been reports in the media of suggestions that the money should be allocated across all Scottish producers, including those above the 90% of EU average payment. This surely emulates the unfairness which the UK government has practiced on Scotland and which we all fought so hard to redress. We have won that battle, and it would be shameful were Scottish Government to do the almost exactly the same thing now that the money has crossed the border.

SCF, the crofters’ representative group, says it agrees that the money should be used for increasing Basic Payments and should be allocated to currently active producers, but "that is where we depart from suggestions on distribution published last week. We believe that to follow the fundamental principle of convergence means that the uplift must be allocated to the areas falling below the 90% EU average threshold only."

“There is work to be done on the funding mechanisms” concluded Ms White, “and we will be pleased to contribute to that. But at this point it is critical that the basic principle on which the payment has been made is adhered to. We urge Scottish Government to make fair use of the convergence uplift.”

A new £21 million contact to operate Scottish Government-supported flights to and from Barra has been awarded to Loganair.

The service improvements that were announced earlier this year have been built into the new contract.

The contract will run from Friday 25 October and will run for the next four years.

The contract also includes operating flights to and from Tiree and Campbeltown.  

The routes from Glasgow to the three airports will be operated using HIAL’s Twin Otter DHC6-400 planes.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I’m very pleased to award the contract to operate these vital air links for the next four years to Loganair.

“We have listened to local communities to find out what we could do better and the improvements we announced earlier this year have been built into this new contract to make sure we are supporting them.

“These flights transport people, goods and services, playing a crucial role for service industries and ensuring that residents have access to specialist healthcare. They also enable visitors to reach the islands easily, boosting local tourism.

“I congratulate Loganair on winning this contract and l look forward to seeing these enhanced services bring benefits to the communities they serve.”

Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: “I’m delighted that Loganair has been selected as the operator to maintain these vital air services, continuing our record of service to the three communities which first began in 1974.

“The award of this new contract represents a vote of confidence in the Loganair team to maintain these lifeline links for a further four years, and we will do all that we can to ensure that confidence is upheld.”

There's a big change coming for the Western Isles Weather service, it was announced at the weekend.

Richard Cooke wrote: "In a few weeks time, I will be leaving the island to move to a new job with the Met Office. I am very excited about the new challenge and getting to work in the weather has been a life-long dream of mine. My earliest memories as a child were about the weather. The passion for the weather has grown and grown.

"In 2012 Western Isles Weather was born and it really has become bigger than I ever expected it would.

"So what happens now to Western isles weather going forward? There will be a few changes. The forecasting aspect of this page will stop. So the end for the morning brief, weather watch and the evening forecast.

"However, the page will still exist. I will still be asking for your morning reports. I will still be sharing Met Office warnings. I will also still be sharing beautiful photos from across the Western isles. I still will be ever appreciative of you share those with us. The reports still help to build up a true picture of what is going on.

"This really has been an incredible journey over the last seven years. From weather talks to forecasting bad storms to podcasts.

"I also want to take a moment to thank each and everyone for helping to make this page as great as its become. It’s been an incredible community over the years.

"I have loved and appreciated every single photo, video and reports sent to us. This little bit of social media has given me so much. An outlet for my love of the weather and I have even been able to make friends for life thanks to Western isles Weather."

Ferry services throughout the Hebrides are disrupted this morning (Monday October 7th) by bad weather conditions.

Today's sailings between Castlebay and Oban, and also between Lochboisdale and Mallaig are cancelled and tomorrow's are in doubt.

The first sailings of the Eriskay-Barra and Bermeray-Leverburgh services have been cancelled.

The Tarbert-Lochmaddy-Uig services are operating a delayed schedule.

The early morning Stornoway-Ullapool service is cancelled. The 10.30am from Ullapool is expected to be the next service. 

From Sunday 20th October, as a result of the MV Loch Seaforth needing to go for her annual overhaul, MV Isle of Lewis will operate the following amended timetable:

Depart Stornoway - 08:00
Arrive Ullapool - 10:45

Depart Ullapool - 11:45 (11:30 sailing delayed)
Arrive Stornoway - 14:30

Depart Stornoway - 15:30 (15:00 sailing delayed)
Arrive Ullapool - 18:15

Depart Ullapool - 19:15 (18:30 sailing delayed)
Arrive Stornoway - 22:00

An oil lamp has been taken from St Moluag's church in Eoropie, Ness, it was reported at the weekend.

A post on the Western Isles Noticeboard Facebook community page explains the lamp vanished "during the last few days".

The church may date from as early as the 1100s.  By the mid 1800s the church stood as a roofless ruin. An appeal was launched by the Scottish Episcopal Church to fund its restoration in 1910, and the funds were assembled and the work complete by 1912.  The Scottish Episcopal Church continues to hold services there.

The post encourages whoever took the lamp to simply return it .  "If you just nicked it hoping to rub it and get three wishes from the genie....please put it back, or at the back of St Peter’s Church [in Francis Street, Stornoway], no questions asked." 

The following planning applications are pending consideration by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. 

All information and accompanying documents are publicly available on the CnES website

 

New house, Coll.

Malcolm Boyd of 16 Nethermains Road, Milgavie, has applied for planning permission to erect a house at 100a Outend, Coll.

 

New house, Point.

Gillian Smith of 16 Swordale, Point, has applied for planning permission to erect a house with air source heat pump and detached garage at 57 Swordale, Point. The one-storey house is to consist of four bedrooms, open plan living/kitchen/dining area, two bathrooms and a utility room, Work is to include creating parking suitable for two cars.

 

Patio door with balcony, Point.

Douglas Jenkins of 45 Flesherin has applied for planning permission to add an upper floor patio door with Juliet balcony to the house at 45 Flesherin, Point.

 

Alterations to house, Bernera.

Gerald Shearman-Earp of 24C Valasay, Bernera, has applied for planning permission to alter, extend and add an air source heat pump to the house at 24C Valasay, Bernera. The work is to include converting the attic

Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny successfully completed the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow on 29 September to fund-raise in support of two great Ness projects, namely the Sgoil Lionail football pitch redevelopment community project and the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis expansion project.

The funds raised will be divided equally between the two projects.

Charles said after completing the Great Scottish Run “The noise at the start in George Square and at the finish in Glasgow Green was deafening. The atmosphere all through the run was electric with thousands of spectators lining the route. The weather was surprisingly very warm and sunny during the first half of the run and took its toll on many runners. At the finish I was pleased to meet and grabbed a photo with Sally Gunnell, British Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth track and field champion, and Jenni Falconer, TV and radio presenter.

"As the photo shows, I was wearing the Guide Dogs running vest which I always wear at big running events because it gives this well deserving charity much needed publicity especially when the race is being televised live by BBC Sport.”

Charles added “My training in Ness meant that I had a good level of fitness prior to the run, but I must admit that I hadn’t anticipated it being so warm in Glasgow especially at the end of September. I’m glad that Cuilean, my faithful German Shephard who accompanies me on some of my Ness training runs, wasn’t running with me!

My normal time for a Half Marathon is around 2 hours but in this race my finishing time was 2 hours 14 minutes.

"I accompanied a fellow runner who was really struggling for the last 20 minutes or so, but it was worth it when I saw the pleasure on his face when he successfully crossed the finish line.”

The Great Scottish Run is Scotland’s biggest mass participation running event and this year had a field of over 20,000 runners participating in the 10K and Half Marathon. It attracts runners from all over the world including many club and Olympic athletes.

There’s still time to sponsor Charles.

Sponsorship forms are available in local shops and post offices.

There is also a Virgin Money Giving online fundraising page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/charlesrunsforness2019                                                          

Anti-poverty groups from across the Western Isles are coming together to call for more compassion to break the grip of poverty on people’s lives.

Tighean Innse Gall are hosting an informal drop-in session at the TIG offices, 13-15 Francis Street, Stornoway on the 10th October 10am-1pm to show how we can help those on benefits or low incomes tackle high energy costs, poor facilities in their homes and help with low-cost home ownership.

They say: "This is a Scotland wide campaign designed to show that poverty exists and affects us all in some way.

"We can work to end poverty by reducing costs of living and boosting incomes in our communities."

Stewart Wilson TIG CEO said: ‘Our biggest task in the Western Isles is tackling fuel poverty. We help hundreds of clients each year lower their energy consumption and bills through insulation measures, energy efficiency works and energy advice.

"Our highly skilled staff are able to help make such a difference to people’s lives by informing them of their rights to benefits and signposting to sister agencies, helping clients understand their usage and how to insulate and heat their homes. We would therefore really encourage people to take advantage of our drop-in session this week. 

"They can make sure their home is ready for the winter months and by acting on our expert advice they could save significant sums of money.’

Public meetings, run by Community Led Support, will be held in Uig, Tarbert and Carloway next week to discuss and explore Health and Social Care issues.

The meetings in Uig and Carloway will focus on keeping people healthy and well at home for as long as possible in their own communities.

Themes for discussion will include:

  • Better outcomes for people who use services – with easier access & more responsive
  • Creating a holistic, person-centred delivery of services - that empowers people
  • Have awareness of and trust in more person-friendly services
  • Helping people maximise their potential, be valued & connected in their community
  • Helping communities become resilient and sustainable through the whole community being involved and empowered and making the best of community assets
  • Better use of resources across the system – Best Value

The Tarbert meeting will be around Community Led Support for people with learning disabilities. Themes will include:

  • Helping people maximise their potential, be valued & connected in their community
  • Helping communities become resilient and sustainable through the whole community
  • Being involved and empowered and making the best of community assets
  • Making better use of resources across the system – Best Value

 The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 8th October, Uig Community Centre, 4-7pm

Wednesday 9th October Tarbert Community Centre 10-1pm

Wednesday 9th October, Carloway Community Centre 4-7pm

If you intend to attend any of the meetings please contact Catriona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01851 822706 to assess numbers for tea, soup and sandwiches.

The Dìleab EP, which contains five specially commissioned songs, by Willie Campbell, and features pupils from across the Western Isles, is now available for sale. 

The themes of the songs include emigration, the impact of war, the Iolaire tragedy and protest and politics - themes which have impacted the islands greatly.

Local musician Willie Campbell, said “The Dìleab EP is the culmination of many people’s efforts. The contribution from the islands young people are to the fore across the collection of songs and their voices come across beautifully in the recordings. It was a privilege to be asked to write songs about the chosen themes, and I’m delighted with the final product which I hope people will enjoy listening to as much as I enjoyed taking part in the making of it.”

Evelyn Coull Macleod, Multi Media Manager said, “The EP is available from the Comhairle buildings in Stornoway, the Town Hall Customer Services desk and An Lanntair. 

"It will also be available from Sir E Scott School and Harris distillery in Tarbert, as well as Castlebay School in Barra and Balivanich School in Benbecula, and costs £7.

"The digital download will be available from Friday the 18th of October, through Bandcamp @ dìleab.bandcamp.com and will cost £5.99. 

We hope that the community will continue to support this innovative project, with all the funds raised going towards the continuation of the Dìleab project in schools.”

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Public meetings, run by Community Led Support, will be held in Uig, Tarbert and Carloway next week to discuss and explore Health and Social Care issues.

The meetings in Uig and Carloway will focus on keeping people healthy and well at home for as long as possible in their own communities.

Themes for discussion will include:

Better outcomes for people who use services – with easier access & more responsive
· Creating a holistic, person-centred delivery of services - that empowers people
· Have awareness of and trust in more person-friendly services
· Helping people maximise their potential, be valued & connected in their community
· Helping communities become resilient and sustainable through the whole community being involved and empowered and making the best of community assets
· Better use of resources across the system – Best Value

The Tarbert meeting will be around Community Led Support for people with learning disabilities. Themes will include:
· Helping people maximise their potential, be valued & connected in their community
· Helping communities become resilient and sustainable through the whole community
· Being involved and empowered and making the best of community assets
· Making better use of resources across the system – Best Value

The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Tuesday 8th October, Uig Community Centre, 4-7pm
Wednesday 9th October Tarbert Community Centre 10-1pm
Wednesday 9th October, Carloway Community Centre 4-7pm

If you intend to attend any of the meetings please contact Catriona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01851 822706 to assess numbers for tea, soup and sandwiches.

The St Kilda archipelago is already known as a bird-lovers’ paradise, but one feathered visitor seems to have decided to make Hirta home.

A snowy owl nick-named Snedge captured world attention early in September, when island rangers challenged the internet to spot the snowy owl – surprisingly well-camouflaged against the rocks.

Now rangers have become used to seeing Snedge during their daily patrols. This picture of Snedge, apparently enjoying the afternoon sun, was snapped on Tuesday (October 1st) as ranger Sarah headed out on her rounds.

 

A programme of big-name films is set for Tarbert, as tickets went on sale this week (Wednesday October 2nd) for the next visit of the Screen Machine.

The rolling cinema is coming to Tarbert on November 6th and 7th, bringing four box-office smashes to the Harris audience.

Kids’ favourite The Lion King, in its new computer-animated version from Disney, is to be shown on Wednesday afternoon (6th November), with tickets already selling fast.

The same evening Renée Zellwegger’s surprise incarnation as Judy Garland is the first Oscar-tipped offer for Harris audiences. It’s set in London in 1968 as screen legend Judy Garland embarks on a series of sell-out shows in what was to be the last year of her life.

Thursday November 7th brings the much-anticipated feature-length Downton Abbey to the rolling screen, with a royal visit and all the usual drama upstairs and down.

And later in the evening Joaquin Phoenix brings a dark interpretation of Batman’s nemesis, Joker – a misunderstood loner in Gotham City.

All tickets are for sale online now at https://www.screenmachine.co.uk/locations/east-tarbert/, with eight tickets for each show held back for sale on the door on the night.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron says that decisions about how to spend a £1.7m windfall in the Western Isles must prioritise the long-term sustainability of its coastal communities.

The Scottish Conservative MSP spoke after it was announced that the money would be awarded to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar  from the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets following its first year of devolved management.

Mr Cameron said: “This is good news, especially in the context of the squeeze that public services have experienced in the Western Isles following years of unfair financial settlements from Nicola Sturgeon’s government.

“However, it is vital that we listen to the coastal communities and make sure that the money is spent in a way that helps to sustain them over the longer term.”

Councillor Ranald Fraser (Sgir’ Uige Agus Ceann A Tuath Nan Loch ward), said: “Here in the Western Isles, we face all kinds of challenges to securing a sustainable future for our communities and, in particular, retaining and attracting young people which are our future.

“Therefore, I am pleased that we seem to be getting this funding from the Crown Estate and hope that further co-operation can ensue as we deal with the financial challenges facing our council. “

 

The Lewis and Harris league football season ends on a thriller on Saturday afternoon (October 5th) with Point and Westside battling it out for the league title.

It’s the first time ever that a league decider has been needed, after each team played their 16 matches and stayed tied at 40 points each – Westside with one more win and Point with no defeats.

A league spokesman said they were hoping for great support for a great performance from two teams who have been too close to call throughout the season. Each has beaten the other and both have taken home silverware.

The spokesman said: “The performances of each player in their squads is the reason that we haven’t been able to separate them. This is the first time ever that a league decider has been required and the game will be broadcast by Radio Nan Gaidheal on Facebook live. We’ll post a link on the day of the game.” (https://www.facebook.com/lewisandharrisfa/

The match is also to be the last hurrah on the island for referee Craig Lauder, who is retiring from Fire Scotland after almost 34 years, the most recent as station manager at Stornoway Fire Station. Craig has officially finished work in Stornoway, but is returning to the island for this all-important match.

Lochs FC are hosting the match at Creagan Dubh and providing the hospitality. The league is sponsored by Specialist Welding Services and kick-off is at 3pm at Creagan Dubh, Lochs. Teas, coffees, refreshments and a licensed bar are available and parking attendants will be in place to direct the traffic.

Newly painted double yellow lines have been added on the approaches to Lewis Sports Centre, in a bid to improve safety for pedestrians around the centre and council buildings.

The two new sets of lines are intended to remind drivers not to block emergency vehicle access and to make sure that pedestrians – especially children – are safe when entering and leaving the building.

A sport centre spokesman said: “We would be very grateful if customers did not park in these areas. Don't forget that in the evening it is possible to park in the Nicolson Institute car park at the rear of the building - handy if the weather is misbehaving! Many thanks for your cooperation.”

Pupils at Tong school had the chance to see how it feels donning a nurse’s tunic at an event on Monday (September 30th).

Staff from NHS Western Isles staff participated in the Developing Young Workforce event at Tong School and took mini-tunics, medical equipment and bandages along to give children a flavour of a day at work as a nurse.

The tunics are part of a national initiative to help tackle gender stereotypes and encourage children to think about nursing as a career. Future nurses had a go at listening to their own heartbeat and learning what kind of jobs are involved in nursing.

Tong School Head Teacher, Carol Ann Maclean, said: “We held a Developing the Young Workforce event to explore the world of work. All children from Nursery to Primary 7 were able to select careers or voluntary opportunities that they were interested in and find out about the different skills involved in that job.

“The children spent 20 minutes learning about a career before moving to another choice as a workshop format. It was a very successful event with over 30 partners involved! We look forward to hosting a similar event next year.”

The 2019 Butt to Barra cycle raised a whopping £25,000 for local charities, it was announced yesterday (Wednesday October 2nd).

Cheques are to be handed over to three charities at an event at the Rangers’ Club in Stornoway on Saturday evening.

Bethesda Hospice will see the benefit of a cheque for £9,086. 95, while the Hebridean Men’s Cancer Group will get £8,607.50. Crossroads Lewis will take delivery of their cheque, for £7,305.92, at the same time.

A party of 32 cyclists, plus support vehicles and a mobile repair service, covered the 175-mile route from the Butt of Lewis to Castlebay in Barra over three days in July. En route they experienced pouring rain, dense fog and even some dry, warm weather.

The target total for the epic cycle was £5,000, easily reached before anyone put their foot on a pedal. The exact amounts to be given to each charity are based on totals donated to sponsored individuals, with GiftAid contributions on some online donations.

Announcing the total on social media yesterday, a spokesman said: “Butt to Barra Charity Cycle 2019 would like to say a massive, massive thank you to (those) who have supported this year’s cycle. Without your support the charity cycle wouldn't have been able to raise £25,000 for three local charities. Thank you to everyone who donated/sponsored, the amount raised wouldn't be possible without your support.”

Picture shows cyclists leaving the Sound of Barra ferry at Ardmhor on the final leg of their journey (Butt to Barra).

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust is making a “significant contribution” in the fight against climate change in the Outer Hebrides, according to Scottish Natural Heritage.

This is partly because 100,000 trees are on course to have been planted throughout the Outer Hebrides by 2020 under its Croft Woodlands Project. This number of trees will have been achieved in four years for an investment of around £280,000, compared with the £10million that has been set aside by the Westminster government to encourage the planting of 130,000 trees around England’s towns and cities. 

The Western Isles project was describing as “inspiring” by new SNH Chief Executive Francesca Osowska during a recent visit to the Isle of Lewis, which she described as a “brilliant” experience.

Francesca was accompanied on her visit by David Maclennan, SNH’s Area Manager for Argyll and Outer Hebrides, and they met with wind farm developer Calum MacDonald, one of the architects of the Croft Woodlands Project, and Project Officer Viv Halcrow, who has been advising island crofters on how best to plant trees and how to access grant support.

The theme of Francesca and David’s visit was around climate change. David, who is also chair of the newly-formed Climate Change Group in the Outer Hebrides, said they had been looking at a range of issues from Vatersay to Lewis. The issues included coastal erosion, drainage, dune management, peatland restoration and woodland creation.

Due to the role woodlands play, David said they were “pleased to have the opportunity to meet Viv and Calum to hear about the Croft Woodland Project”. 

He said: “It was inspiring to hear about the level of interest to date throughout the Outer Hebrides and the number of projects that have been supported from the Butt to Barra. Small areas of woodland on good ground are exactly what we need to see in the Outer Hebrides – they will, over time, have a positive landscape impact, and by using largely native trees there will be benefits for biodiversity. With over 100,000 trees expected to be planted by 2020, that’s a significant contribution – and there is clearly potential to do a lot more.

“As well as the landscape and biodiversity benefits, these new trees will also help to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and contribute to our collective efforts to respond to the climate challenge. We’re now looking forward to further engagement with the Croft Woodland Project, and considering what role we can play in supporting the project going forwards.”

David added: “We can’t be certain about how our climate is going to change, but we know it is already happening, and we can expect a combination of more extreme weather events, rising sea levels – so we need to think about how we can adapt to those changes.

"Climate Change is one of the biggest global threats to nature, but a nature-rich future can be one of our best assets in our response to Climate Change – and this is especially true in the Outer Hebrides.

“Our dune systems and offshore kelp beds are vital for protecting the machair – so we need to think about how best to manage and protect them, so they protect us.

“We have vast areas of peatland in the Outer Hebrides. They are a huge store of carbon, and actively absorb carbon from the atmosphere. In some areas they are degraded, and would benefit from restoration – making them even more valuable to us in our response to Climate Change.”

The Western Isles Croft Woodland Project was set up by Point and Sandwick Trust in 2016 in partnership with the Woodland Trust. It was a five-year project and in May this year both parties made a commitment to extend the project – which also involves Scottish Forestry and the Scottish Crofting Federation – for a further five years due to its huge popularity and success. 

At the time the second phase was announced, 103 schemes had been planted across the Outer Hebrides, comprising 17 Forestry Grant Schemes, 67 MOREwoods schemes and 19 school and community packs. The schemes range in size from 0.1 hectare to 3ha.

More than 50 villages across five islands – Lewis, Harris, Barra, South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist – have taken advantage of the opportunity and the project is on course for planting 100,000 trees in four years.

Local versions of the project exist in all the crofting counties but Point and Sandwick Trust is thought to be leading the way in its early commitment to funding a second phase of the project in the Western Isles and earmarking a budget for it of £400,000 over five years. 

Calum MacDonald, the former Western Isles MP who piloted the first Crofter Forestry Act through Parliament in the 1990s, is delighted the new wave of crofter forestry is proving so successful.

He said: “This shows that community wind farms are in the vanguard of the fight against climate change. Not only has Beinn Ghrideag funded the planting of 100,000 trees and more through the Croft Woodland Western Isles Project but we also followed best practice in terms of peat restoration during the construction phase of the wind farm in order to minimise the peat disturbance and the amount of carbon it released. This method was so successful, in fact, that research by Lews Castle College at Beinn Ghrideag showed it had a carbon payback time of just 47 days – a drastic reduction on the previous estimate for wind farms of 2.3 years.”

The Princess Royal provided an object lesson in public involvement for any aspiring community leader during a flying visit to Lewis which took in a major visit to Balallan Old School Community Hub and a series of engagements in Breasclete.

Unhurried, always attentive, constantly involved with people to whom she was talking from a whole range of organisations and of all ages, Princess Anne appeared just as fresh and focused after several hours of chatting and questioning as she had at the start, sometimes laughing and joking with members of the various local groups as if she had known them all their lives.

The schedule which began much earlier in the day to enable an arrival in Balallan just after 11am would have daunted many people much younger than someone born in August 1950.

The visit to the Balallan hub included a detailed tour of the Charity Shop, Museum, Archive Room and the Hall itself to meet community members and volunteers – as well as councillors and representatives of supportive agencies – and to examine the various displays and shop arrangements.  Finally, after a short speech, she unveiled a commemorative plaque and received a gift of a bolt of Harris Tweed.  She formally signed the Visitors Book with a flourish and then had a private lunch provided by the hall café, as this event was hosted by Kinloch Community Association/Historical Society.

After lunch she crossed the island to visit the Flannan Isles Memorial down by the shore before the road down to Breasclete Pier.  Then the next call was the Lighthouse Keepers House on the hill behind the village to look round the dilapidated building and have a look at the plans for restoration and development before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the handover of the building from Hebridean Housing Partnership to the local community.

Next was the nearby Community Centre, to tour the Exhibition in small room upstairs and join community members and representatives in the hall.

 

The impact of Warmer Homes Scotland on fuel poor households in the Outer Hebrides has been welcomed by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan.

Over 350 households in Mr Allan’s constituency have benefitted from the scheme’s help since it was launched in 2015, each of them saving over £300 on their energy bills per year.

The £224million Warmer Homes Scotland scheme provides a step-by-step service to help make homes warmer and more comfortable. Assistance can include installing new and efficient boilers, fitting new radiators, insulating lofts or even working with partners to install gas mains to make heating homes in hard to reach areas more affordable.

All work is carried out by registered and accredited local sub-contractors, who work to rigorous quality standards across the country.

Warmworks is the managing agent of Warmer Homes Scotland and receives referrals to the scheme from Home Energy Scotland. The work undertaken in Mr Allan’s constituency relies on the support of local agencies such as Tighean Innse Gall, who work closely with Warmworks and play an important part in referring people to the scheme for help to heat their homes more affordably.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“I welcome the impact that Warmer Homes Scotland has made in my constituency. For too many families, living in fuel poverty is a harsh reality and it is great to know that they are now living in warmer, cosier homes with greatly reduced fuel bills.

“I would encourage others to check if they are eligible to receive help under the scheme, as improvements could make a significant difference this winter and for years to come.

“I am also delighted that our local community led scheme, delivered by Tighean Innse Gall, on behalf of CnES and Scottish Government, has led to even greater help. Most MSPs do not have such a wonderful local scheme in their constituency, and I am proud of the work that’s done here. I also note that TIG refers more people to the national scheme than anywhere else in Scotland – a real achievement!”

Fuel poverty remains at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s agenda having released a route map, Energy Efficient Scotland, which outlines the path the Government wishes to take to make Scottish homes more efficient by 2040. The Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) Scotland Act has also recently been passed, which makes a statutory provision to help those who are living in fuel poverty.

Stewart Wilson, Tighean Innse Gall’s chief executive said: “It is great that Alasdair is so supportive of action to tackle fuel poverty. At our AGM just the other night, he showed considerable support for our partnership working. It’s great to know that by working together there is help for local folk in need, both from the national scheme and from the local, trusted and for the community Tighean Innse Gall.”

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks’ Managing Director said:“The most valuable difference that Warmer Homes Scotland can make is to give people the comfort and peace of mind that they can afford to stay warm in their own home. We are delighted to have helped over 350 households in Alasdair Allan’s constituency and we hope to build on our efforts in the years to come."

 

Public bus services throughout Lewis and Harris have been redesigned to meet the Comhairle’s Budget Strategy objectives of providing an affordable and efficient transport service. As a result, some changes have been made to service timetables and routes starting from Monday 14th October 2019.

New service timetables are now available on the Comhairle website and paper versions will be made available at Stornoway Bus Station, Tarbert Tourist Information and on main buses week commencing 7 October.

The Harris Community newspaper Dé Tha Dol celebrates its 40th birthday tomorrow (Thursday October 3rd) with a quiet birthday party at Tarbert Community Centre.

The fortnightly community paper was initially established in 1979 with support from the Dutch Van Leer charity, which responded to a ground-breaking initiative from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to create community infrastructure in Harris, Ness and North Uist.

Morag Macleod of Scalpay was the paper’s first editor and, since 1981, it’s been published fortnightly at Harris Voluntary Service. Locals can pick up their copy regularly at shops around Harris, with a few copies also made available on CalMac ferries.

The archive of back copies was seriously affected by the net store fire in Scalpay, but HVS still has copies dating back to 1981.

Tomorrow night’s celebration features displays of old editions and speeches from former editors Morag Macleod and Morag Munro, with local councillor Paul Finnegan doing the honours as MC.

There’ll be a buffet and hot drinks, and old copies to leaf through for the memories. The event is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

Picture shows a masthead from an edition earlier this year. (Harris Voluntary Service).

A new exhibition being hung today (Wednesday October 2nd) at Museum nan Eilean will re-awaken memories of Stornoway’s fishing industry in the late 1970s and early 80s.

‘Fishing the Minch’ opens on Saturday and features the photographs of David Gordon, who as a young man boarded the Fiery Cross, a fishing boat based in Stornoway.

With skipper Donald MacDonald and his crew, he sailed the Minch as the crew trawled for their catch. The resulting photographs were uniquely exhibited in what was described as “the first flyposted exhibition in the country” by the Half Moon Photography Workshop in the East End of London in 1980.

Today, almost forty years later, the entire edit of these historic images has been rediscovered, scanned and printed. They show the wider fishing industry and daily life in Stornoway – a fascinating glimpse into a world of work and play that has now all but disappeared.

Shot in a classic 35mm black and white documentary style, Gordon’s narrative takes the viewer from the rough seas of the Atlantic back to the photographer’s boyhood town. In the Young’s factory women hand-peel prawns; in Rolf Olsen’s processing plant, fish is frozen and salted. On a Friday night, the chip shop is full. In a bar, a drunk sleeps off his whisky at closing time.

These tender, quiet images are a portal back to a lost past, yet in their simplicity they echo a rhythm that is timeless and entirely recognisable.

This exhibition was produced by Street Level Photoworks and is a partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Museum nan Eilean.

The Stornoway-based charity the Leanne Fund is to expand its activity into Tayside, thanks to £15,000 in support from the NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund.

The new territory takes the Leanne Fund’s activity coast-to-coast across Scotland, from the Western Isles to Aberdeen and from Shetland to the central belt.

It’s a huge boost for the organisation, which already brings practical and emotional support, treats, complementary therapies and a positive attitude to more than 150 people living with the life-long condition in the Highlands and Islands, Moray and Grampian.

The Leanne Fund was founded in Point in 2010 by the family of the late Leanne Mitchell, who passed away at the age of 21. Working with a group of Western Isles supporters they set out to give real and practical help to those affected by Cystic Fibrosis. Their personal experience of treatment and available health services helped them to understand the very specific needs of CF patients and their families.

The Leanne Fund has now been delivering their unique and empathetic support across the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland for nine years. Working from a base in Stornoway, the organisation expanded in 2016 to offer further support across Moray, Aberdeenshire, Orkney and Shetland and will now also provide support in Angus, the City of Dundee, Perth and Kinross.

The funding will allow a new post, advertised this week, to be created in Stornoway. Development manager Chrisetta Mitchell will be joined in the Point Street office by an administrative assistant, freeing her time to develop personal relationships with more CF patients and their families.

Patients and families will be able to choose from existing services such as Pamper Hampers – mood-lifting packages of snacks and toiletries for patients undergoing lengthy hospital admissions. Complementary therapies, counselling and support through the Get Active fitness programme will also be extended to up to 71 new contacts in Tayside.

The new post is to be advertised this week (Friday October 4th) and the service delivery in Tayside is scheduled to begin on November 4th.

Development manager Chrisetta Mitchell said: “The NHS Tayside Community Innovation funding is a huge boost to the Leanne Fund. We always want to help more people but we have to take things slowly to ensure that our support remains consistent to the people with Cystic Fibrosis in all the regions where we work.

“My own workload has not so far allowed the additional time for this expansion, but an additional member of staff will deal with duties such as organising our own fundraising events, admin and secretarial support. This will free up a significant portion of time, in which the great successes we’ve seen in growing the work of The Leanne Fund can progress into Tayside, as we have seen in other NHS regions.

“Cystic Fibrosis is a life-limiting, progressive disease and the burden of treatment and permanent presence of symptoms can be very stressful. We focus on creating services which meet the needs of individuals, because no two patients are exactly the same, and on creating happy memories now to last a lifetime.

“Our aim is to help children and young people affected by CF and their families have access to services and funds that make life a little easier. We can’t wait to offer that service in Tayside.”

Graphic – the area now covered by Leanne Fund support for CF patients.

 


 

Stornoway Port Authority will shortly be allocating a limited number of marina berths for the period from 1 November 2019 to 1 May 2020 

Owners of vessels up to 14 metres in length requesting a berth should apply in writing by 1700 on Wednesday 16 October 2019 to Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

£1.7 million from Crown Estate revenues will be coming to local communities.  

In the past, revenues from developments in the Outer Hebridean seas went to HM Treasury in London.

Speaking at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee today (Wednesday 2 October), Comhairle Leader, Councillor Roddie Mackay, said: “As a result of vigorous lobbying by the Comhairle and others, the Smith Commission of 2014 recommended that these revenues be returned to the communities hosting the developments and now Scottish Ministers are honouring that recommendation with £1.7m of Scottish Crown Estate revenues returning to the Outer Hebrides from the first year of devolved management.

"Alongside this, the Comhairle and Galson Estate Trust are working with Crown Estate Scotland to develop a pilot for local management of Crown Estate assets. 

“We are now starting to see real, tangible benefits from our many years of sustained lobbying – our communities will now have a say in how the marine estate is developed and revenues from these developments will now return to those same communities. The Comhairle, as initial recipient of these revenues, will now develop a protocol for their disbursement to communities.”

HI-Scot, the credit union for the Highlands and Islands, is taking part in a worldwide celebration of credit unions during October.

Thursday 17th October is International Credit Union Day 2019, a day which highlights the history and achievements of the movement, as well as raising the profile of the work of credit unions in local communities, reflected in this year's theme: 'Local Service, Global Reach.'

“HI-Scot has been working across the Highlands and Islands for thirteen years and, in 2019, we have over three thousand members,” said HI-Scot General Manager, David Mackay, “In that time we have approved over four thousand loans. That's a lot of money benefiting people in our communities.”

From their base in Stornoway, HI-Scot serves one of the largest geographical areas of any credit union in the UK. Membership is open to anyone living or working within the area. New members can join by visiting one of the network of local Access Points across the Highlands and Islands or using the secure online system at: www.hi-scot.com

As high street banks close branches throughout the Highlands and Islands, HI-Scot has seen steady growth in its membership. David Mackay explains the ways in which the credit union differs from traditional banks.

“HI-Scot – like credit unions across the world – is not run for profit,” said David, “There are no sky-high charges or 'fat cat' bonuses. HI-Scot operates to benefit its members, whether you're saving for special occasion or borrowing with one of our competitively priced loans. We won't try to 'upsell' our products and don't have any hidden extras.”

HI-Scot operates under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which means that members' accounts are protected in the same way as at any high street bank.

On this year's International Credit Union Day,  HI-Scot will join credit unions in 117 different countries (with a global membership over 260 million) in raising the profile of the unique way in which credit unions operate: established with a co-operative ethos, owned by their members and committed to providing accessible savings and loans to the communities they serve.

David Mackay said that International Credit Union Day this October offered people throughout the Highlands and Islands a unique opportunity. “It’s a good chance to get in touch or look us up online and see for yourself what HI-Scot, your local credit union, can do for you.”

 

 

 

 

 

Preparations are beginning for the second annual NATO exercise, Joint Warrior, scheduled to begin on Saturday (October 5th).

The major multi-national exercise is led by combined UK forces and involves troops and military hardware from nations including the US, Norway, France and Spain. Up to 10,000 troops are reportedly expected to be involved in the second of this year’s exercises.

Most activity happens well offshore, though local marine users are advised by the Royal Navy to be aware of elements of the exercise which they may encounter.

Stornoway Coastguard broadcasts briefings on military activity at 7.10am and 7.10pm each day of the exercise. A Fisherman’s Hotline telephone number is available 24-hours a day through the exercise, on 01923 846364.

There will be submarine, mine-warfare and live firing activity between October 5th and 17th, with a programme of exercises conducted by land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft across the UK. The maritime element includes activity in the offshore and coastal waters north west of Scotland.

A Royal Navy statement said: “Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations.

“This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, aircraft, marines and troops from UK, NATO and allied forces. The exercise doesn’t only allow participating units to hone their specialist roles within a larger war-style setting – it also helps foster vital links between the UK, NATO and other allied militaries.

“The aim is to provide a complex environment in which the participants can train together, honing tactics and skills in preparation for deployment as a Combined Joint Task Force.”

The EP of music from the Dìleab project has hit the shops in Lewis and Harris and will soon be available online.

Dìleab: a legacy, features pupils from across the Western Isles, working with singer songwriter Willie Campbell on themes including emigration, the impact of war, the Iolaire tragedy and protest and politics - themes which have impacted our islands greatly.

In physical form, the EP is now available from An Lanntair and from Comhairle buildings in Stornoway, including the Town Hall customer services desk. Later this week it'll be available from Sir E Scott school, the Harris Distillery and Castlebay school in Barra.

The digital download will be available from Friday the 18th of October, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

This week Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s education department announced that Skipinnish are to headline the 2019 Dìleab showcase event in the Lewis Sports Centre on Friday 29th November.

They will be joined the Tumbling Souls and Face the West, along with local bands including Fèis group Dual, the Lewis and Harris youth band, Sir E Scott School choir and The Nicolson Institute choir.

Tickets for the showcase event will be available on Eventbrite from 9am on Monday (7th October) priced £25 for Adults and £15 for U18s.

Skipinnish are celebrating their 20th year performing in 2019, and said: “Since Skipinnish began, the people of Lewis and Harris have given us huge support and we are delighted to be playing for them during our 20th anniversary year. It is always magical to see our lead singer, Norrie MacIver perform on home turf. Keyboard player, Alasdair Iain Patterson also has strong family links to Lewis and these island connections will be felt strongly on the night. This will be a concert that we will all remember for years to come.”

Stornoway police are looking for information after vandalism in the town overnight on Sunday (September 29th).

Between 5pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday damage was caused to a door at an address on North Beach Street, Stornoway.

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will be in Lewis tomorrow (Wednesday October 2nd) for a visit to Kinloch and the Westside.

The Princess Royal will officially open the Kinloch Community Hub at Balallan Old School before heading off to indulge her passion for lighthouses at Breasclete.

The community hub is run by Kinloch Historical Society and has a tea room, which is closed for the day tomorrow, and a variety of community services including a launderette, electric car charging points and an active programme of social events.

Her Royal Highness will also visit the Flannan Isles memorial, exhibition and former Keepers' Shore Station at Breasclete. The memorial exhibition, which commemorates the tragic and mysterious loss of the three lightkeepers in December 1900, is open until 31st October.

Princess Anne is uniquely well-informed about the mysterious story behind the Flannan Isles lighthouse. Patron of Northern Lighthouse Board since 1993, she spends time aboard the lighthouse vessel Pharos and visits offshore lighthouses, including the Flannan Isles.

A lifelong interest in lighthouses was famously sparked by a visit to Tiumpan Head lighthouse when the Princess was just five years old. She has a life-time ambition to visit all the UK’s lighthouses and, at 69, is well on her way to achieving that ambition.

15,000 Western Isles households are to be invited to join a census rehearsal, ahead of Scotland’s next census in 2021.

The Census is a unique and comprehensive count of Scotland’s people. Scottish Government and other public bodies use census information to help make decisions including how money will be spent on essential services like schools, roads and hospitals.

Census rehearsal helps make sure the next census, planned for 21st March 2021, runs smoothly. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) plan to make the 2021 Census more digital, with completion online as well as on paper. The rehearsal is intended to test systems and processes and provide invaluable insights.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar joins Glasgow City and Dumfries and Galloway as a test area for the new format, with letters due to be sent to 15,000 households in the Outer Hebrides from October 7th. A helpline to assist those filling in their rehearsal return will open on 7th October and will close on 7th November at 0800 030 8333. Two reminder letters will be issued around 23rd October and 28th October.

Unlike the census itself the rehearsal is not a legal requirement, but a spokesperson said: “We would urge everyone in the Outer Hebrides who receives a letter to take part in the census rehearsal. This is a major preparation for the next census in 2021 and it is important that as many people as possible take part in the rehearsal so that the actual census runs as smoothly as possible. All those taking part are making a valuable contribution to the future provision of services.”

Scotland’s next Census, subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, will be held on Sunday 21st March 2021, in line with other censuses taking part in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on this date too. This will be the 22nd census to take place since 1801, and the 17th to be managed independently in Scotland.

The annual conference for Gaelic education practitioners takes place in Aviemore tomorrow (Wednesday, October 2) and Thursday, October 3, and is being opened this year by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney.

More than 170 delegates from all over the country will attend the An t-Alltan conference of workshops and other learning opportunities, which takes place in the MacDonald Aviemore Conference Centre and has been organised by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, based in Seaforth Road, Stornoway.

The opening address by John Swinney, is one of the expected highlights, along with a preview of a new resource aimed at teaching Gaelic to learners in the early years environment.

Confirmation that Mr Swinney will open the conference was met with appreciation from Stòrlann and hailed as further evidence of high-level Government support for the language by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The new online resource to be previewed at the conference is Gàidhlig nan Òg – still under development at Stòrlann but which will provide parents/carers and early years practitioners with an abundance of themed resources to help use Gaelic in the home and early years settings in a functional yet fun way.

Gàidhlig nan Òg features a series of presentations to teach words and phrases plus supporting soundfiles, illustrations, songs, stories and activities, as well as a guidance document with suggestions on how best to use the resource.

Although aimed at early years practitioners for their day-to-day interactions with children aged 0-5, Gàidhlig nan Òg will also support adult learners, including those who are completely new to Gaelic, and parents wanting to support their children on their Gaelic journey, regardless of whether the parent is a beginner learner, more advanced or fluent.

The resource is presented in themes, including the face and body, numbers, colours, daily routines, the weather, animals and pets, outdoor learning, topical themes such as Halloween and Christmas, and nursery rhymes and traditional songs.

It also contains a transition document, which early years practitioners can use to record a child’s progress and pass on to primary one colleagues and parents. 

A launch date has not yet been set but Gàidhlig nan Òg developer Jackie Mullen said she was looking forward to sharing a preview of it at the Alltan. 

She said: “I’m really excited about it because everyone I’ve told about it has asked, ‘when is it available?’ which shows there’s an appetite for it. It’s positive for me to be presenting on something that I anticipate will be really well received when it’s out there.”

She added: “For the early years, there’s nothing like it that’s available. I think early years practitioners had been tapping into the Go! Gaelic resource which is great but it’s much better to have something that’s been specifically designed with early years in mind.”

The An t-Alltan conference is an annual professional learning opportunity for Gaelic educationalists and is being held for the 11th time this year. It is an opportunity to look at new resources and initiatives for teaching and learning and is two days of talks, workshops and twilight sessions, catering for all practitioner levels from early years through primary to secondary.

It is also a networking event, bringing together Gaelic education practitioners from across the country, but the focus is very much on the workshops and information sessions. 

Donald W Morrison, Chief Executive of Stòrlann Naiseanta na Gàidhig, said: “It is an honour for Stòrlann to facilitate two action-packed days of learning, sharing and networking opportunities for Gaelic early years and education practitioners.

“With Alltan 2019 coming as it does, in the International Year of Indigenous Languages, people are all the more aware of the crucial role that languages play in people’s daily lives and the immeasurable worth of giving our young citizens another window on their world and an open door to the riches of Gaelic culture and identity.”

Jim Whannel, Director of Education with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig and our Education team are looking forward to An t-Alltan 2019.

“We are delighted that the Deputy First Minister will be opening the conference – this is very encouraging for us in Gaelic Medium Education and further evidence that the Scottish Government, at the highest level, is supporting our system.

“With a focus on successful practice and professional debates about the solutions to the challenges we face, there will be plenty opportunities, over the two days, to scrutinise the way ahead for Gaelic Medium Education, building on our objectives in the Adhartas nas Luaithe/Faster Rate of Progress initiative.”

There are nearly 30 workshops at this year’s An t-Alltan, with five specifically for early years practitioners, 12 for primary, three suitable for primary and secondary practitioners and eight for secondary. There are a further six twilight sessions and four information sessions. 

Workshop topics include ideas for playing outside, how to identify and support children with language disorders, editing skills for FilmG, school-level strategies for promoting wellbeing and inclusion, and leadership skills.

Many companies and agencies with an interest in Gaelic education also have a presence at An t-Alltan, from Bookbug to Tobar an Dualchais, and an opportunity to discuss language acquisition methodologies with a Gaeilge education training-consultant from Northern Ireland. Feedback from delegates is always positive. 

The Launch of Stornoway Media Centre - by SignPrint (http://www.sign-print.co.uk/) and Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd, (www.intermediaservicesstornoway.co.uk) is set for tomorrow (Thursday November 1).

NHS Western Isles is seeking the comments of island residents as it presents its revised Gaelic Language Plan for Community Engagement.

The refurbished NHSWI Gaelic Language Plan (GLP) has been produced in-line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, which requires every public body in Scotland to create a GLP.

Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair has been awarded the honorary title of chieftain of Camanachd Leòdhais, after the shinty club’s annual general meeting at the offices of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar last night (Tuesday October 30th).

Author Peter May will be in Harris tomorrow, Thursday 1st November, at the North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom from 2pm.

The author is famous for the 'Lewis Trilogy', a series of crime novels set in the Outer Hebrides which have sold over a million copies in the U.K. alone, and 'Coffin Road' a standalone thriller set on the Isle of Harris.

Mr May tweeted, 'I'll be chatting to locals and signing any books they bring along to the North Harbour Bistro and Tearoom on Scalpay from 2pm on Thursday. See you there!'

Peter May will also be appearing at Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival in An Lanntair on Saturday 3 November at 2pm (Book tickets here) and he is hosting an exclusive bus tour of sites from his best-selling book The Blackhouse on Friday 2 November at 11am, as part of Faclan Fringe. (Book tickets here).

A cyclist from The Nicolson Institute, Thomas Sludden (S4), has finished his mountain-biking season ranked first in the North of Scotland and fifth overall in Scotland in his category.

In his recent race at Glentress Forest near Peebles, part of the Scottish Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships, he finished second.

An ancient standing stone on the Isle of Lewis is to be the subject of a project to bring its story to life.

The 19ft Clach an Trushal or 'Stone of Compassion' in the village of Ballantrushal will be the focus of a new project by the Airidhantuim Community Council thanks to funding from the Western Isles Lottery.

A 200-year-old map showing the town and port of Stornoway, including ‘Bayhead, Imrisligach and Inaclete’ is about to gain a new lease of life.

The map, made in the early 19th century by surveyor James Chapman, has been held in the collection of Western Isles libraries for many years. It shows the centre of Stornoway in fine detail, but conservation efforts over the years has damaged the map extensively.

Now a grant from the Aurelius charitable trust, which supports the conservation of culture inherited from the past, has allowed specialist conservators at National Library of Scotland (NLS) to start a painstaking process of restoration.

A new group has been set up on Lewis by people with long term health conditions, aimed at helping to improve the quality of life of people with these conditions.

Long Term Conditions Hebrides (LTCH) has been meeting informally for almost two years, offering social support for people with long-term conditions ranging from arthritis and chronic pain to anxiety.

After a pilot phase supported by NHS Western Isles, the group has been awarded £15,445 from the Health and Social Care Alliance to run a new, year-long project called ‘The Bridge’.

A new group has been set up on Lewis by people with long term health conditions, aimed at helping to improve their quality of life.

Long Term Conditions Hebrides (LTCH) has been meeting informally for almost two years, offering social support for people with long-term conditions ranging from arthritis and chronic pain to anxiety.

After a pilot phase supported by NHS Western Isles, the group has been awarded £15,445 from the Health and Social Care Alliance to run a new, year-long project called ‘The Bridge’.

Scotland’s Minister for Children and Young People is on a visit to Lewis today (Monday October 29th) with a tour of projects lined up.

Maree Todd is also an MSP for the Highlands and Islands. Her ministerial portfolio includes childcare and early years concerns including children’s services, adoption and fostering and the social service workforce.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus MacNeil attended the parliamentary launch of CSW’s toolkit on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) on October 23rd.

The event saw the launch of humans rights organisation CSW’s toolkit on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).

A fisherman fishing in choppy conditions sparked an alert this morning (Monday October 29th) when a resident of Portnaguran thought he was in trouble in rough seas.

Stornoway RNLI lifeboat was launched at 9.52 this morning after Stornoway Coastguard took a call saying that the small boat seemed to be battling the waves and there was no sign of movement aboard.

International Games Week 2018 brings community together to read, learn and play 

This year, Stornoway Library will join thousands in celebrating the popularity and power of games and play.  During International Games Week (4 to 10 November) the library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family, to encourage people to come together.  

A number of activities have been arranged for the week, focusing on different types of games. It's not only familiar board games, such as scrabble, that will be available, but Virtual Reality ones as well. The library's VR system has a number of puzzle games to test young and old, such as Waddle Home, Wayward Sky and Tumble VR.  Younger children can test themselves with the silly, fun games in the PS4 Playroom.

The highlight of the week will be a chess challenge with members of the Nicolson Institute Chess Team. Members of the public can sign up to test their skills against the up and coming players.  Those new to chess and wanting to find out more, can also have a lesson from the young chess masters. 


Lewis boys have been living the dream in London as Point crofter musician Colin Macleod played in front of 20,000 people at the O2 stadium on Friday night (October 26th) supporting Robert Plant and Van Morrison.

Not only did Colin take the stage during the UK Blues Festival with what’s been described as a ‘modern, moody and epic’ style of island folk music, but he took along Keith Morrison from Wee Studio Stornoway to make sure the sound was just as he liked it.

The whole experience was a massive contrast to his music beginnings, according to Colin, who said: “From playing Zep songs in the Clachan bar, to supporting Robert Plant at the 02. To say last night was a dream come true is a bit of an understatement.”

And Keith was similarly blown away as he took his place behind the sound desk, saying simply: “Somebody pinch me.”

Colin’s big-time adventures in the past few weeks have also included a clutch of US gigs and a spot on James Corden’s Late Late Show and a booking to play along with Travis at Glasgow’s SSE on December 21st.

Returning to his roots, he will also be playing a sold-out gig at An Lanntair as part of the venue’s winter festival and St Andrew’s Day celebrations on December 1st.



Pictures show Colin with Robert Plant, and outside the O2 arena and Keith doing final sound checks for the Friday night gig.

Police are asking for the help of the public with two cases of vehicle vandalism in Stornoway over the weekend.

On Friday evening (October 26th) a wing mirror was broken from a car parked on Inaclete Road between 7pm and 11.30pm.

Emergency teams were in operation near to Stornoway's ferry terminal just after 9pm on Friday (October 26th) when a person was reported to be in the water.

Two Coastguard rescue teams, from Stornoway and South Lochs, and Stornoway RNLI Lifeboat were immediately tasked by Stornoway Coastguard, but were very quickly stood down as the person had been helped from the water by passers-by and ambulance staff.

The Scottish Ambulance team gave immediate assistance and took the person to Western Isles Hospital after the incident. All other teams were stood down by 9.28pm.

Skilled workers from the Islands hoping to find work on massive offshore windfarm projects are being disadvantaged by a special Home Office exemption from immigration rules which has been extended several times.

And despite all the top-level publicity about restricting immigration from outside the EU to only jobs paying more than £30,000 a year – a rule which has badly affected Highlands and Islands hospitality businesses – some of the workers from Russia and Indonesia are paid less than the minimum wage. 

The UK Home Office says that it has again continued a concession to the immigration rules to allow the employment of non-European Economic Area nationals who are joining vessels engaged in the construction and maintenance of offshore wind projects in UK territorial waters.

The public will be able to reserve tickets for “The Nicolson Institute presents Dìleab – The Iolaire Remembered”, from 9am on Monday (29th October). 

Tickets will be available to reserve online or by visiting the Town Hall, Stornoway, but will be kept to a maximum of four per person.

Tickets will be free, although there will be a collection on the door on the evening to raise funds for the development of Gaelic and Cultural activities within the school.

‘Don’t get scared, Get screened’ is the message of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October.

Most women know that a lump – found anywhere in your breast, armpit, or around the collarbone – can be a sign of breast cancer; but it’s not always the only one.

Symptoms such as leaking nipples, skin like orange peel, nipple becomes turned in, bleeding or crusty nipples, or dimples can also signal something may be wrong.

There will be a Boys' Brigade fundraising Brunch, today (Saturday October 27th) from 10.30am till 12 noon in St Columba's Church Hall on Lewis Street.

Come along and enjoy a bacon roll, cereal and a cuppa in a warm place

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The opening of the Stornoway garden of remembrance took place yesterday (Friday 26th October) outside the Ross Battery memorial at the Drill Hall on Church Street to mark the beginning of a fortnight of remembrance linked to Armistice Day.

The ceremony featured invited dignitaries, along with pupils from Stornoway Primary and The Nicolson Institute, to participate in the opening act of commemoration of a particularly poignant anniversary for the islands. The group gathered around the two white crosses marked out on the grass.

Brand new lines of winter jackets just arrived at Stornway Fisherman's Co-op.

Need something warm, 100% waterproof, hardwearing and comfortable for winter? The Fishermans Co-op's new range of winter jackets not only look good but are practical; designed to keep you warm and dry whatever the weather decides to throw at you.

There is a range of styles and sizes to choose from for ladies, men and children - why not go and try some on!

Councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been asked to find out which local voluntary groups want to be involved in a series of ‘community conversations’ on budgets, due to start next week (Thursday November 1st).

The programme of conversations begins on Thursday in Castlebay and continues right through November, with events in Back, Lochs, Uig, Ness, Tarbert, Point and Stornoway.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting the events to look at a radical programme of service redesign. Elected members of the Comhairle have been given the brief to “identify the groups/ local community and third sector leaders in your area that should be invited to participate” in the events, to try and open the discussion to as wide a range of groups as possible.

Stornoway police are asking for public help after a house in Marybank was vandalised earlier this week.

The house, on the road leading towards the Pentland Road, is empty and undergoing renovation.

The annual appeal for boxes full of goodwill and goodies for needy families has gone out to people in Lewis and Harris, with the deadline fast approaching to get your donations in for Blythswood’s Christmas shoebox appeal.

With a changed drop-off point and slightly later return date, there’s a call now for shoeboxes filled with warm clothes, toiletries, toys and treats to brighten someone’s winter days in a harsh part of the world.

The best of produce from near and far 26/10/2018

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Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area.

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cabbage (Red)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Kale

 

£3.25

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.15

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£1.95

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.60

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.55

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.30

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£3.95

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.80

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.80

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Plums

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

5 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s best-known naturalist and vice-president of Fauna and Flora International (FFI), has today (Thursday October 25th) added his voice to those calling for protection of kelp forests from the threat of mechanical dredging.
The veteran wildlife and environment campaigner has never intervened before on political issues in Scotland, but threats to kelp forests around the Western Isles and off the west coast of Scotland have inspired him to speak out.
A proposal from a company called Marine Biopolymers Ltd (MBL) has identified kelp forests east of Lewis, Harris, Barra and Vatersay as potential harvesting sites. Their proposal to use a dredge or ‘comb’ to extract whole kelp plants is in the pre-licensing stage with Marine Scotland.

The first Peppa Pig muddy puddle walk held in Stornoway has been ranked the seventh most successful in the UK by the Save the Children charity which received the proceeds.

Three-year-old Bethany Macleod was the driving force behind the new event, which was held in April in the Castle grounds. Over 100 young children walked and toddled the half-mile course along with their parents and the cartoon characters George and Peppa Pig.

The last few workshops of our current programme of Business Gateway Workshops

 in Stornoway are filling up quickly but there are still some spaces available on the following sessions:


How to Write a Business Plan  Comhairle Offices Thursday 1 November 1330 - 1630

Social Media Platforms Orbit Agency Monday 5 November   1330 - 1630

Customer Care Skills  Comhairle Offices Wednesday 7 November    0930 - 1230

There are double standards at the Home Office, says Angus Brendan MacNeill, the Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, following press reports that non-EEA workers are employed in the offshore windfarm industry earning less than the UK minimum wage.

Mr MacNeil is continually pressing the UK Government to help the West Coast fishing industry to allow non-EEA workers to fill the gap in crew shortages. 

Despite him having met with six successive Tory Immigration Ministers, the Home Office refuse to help and boats are tied up because of lack of crew.

Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team recently took ownership of a new Isuzu D-Max.

The team are grateful to Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (Resilient Communities Fund), The Robertson Trust and Police Scotland for their financial support.

Police Scotland is developing an initiative to recruit more Special Constables in the Highland and Islands.

It is being set up to make it easier for people from remote and rural areas to apply and train to become Special Constables.

Training would be delivered locally both face to face with officers and online, allowing students to access materials related to their role as Special Constables.

A new tourism strategy aimed at increasing promotion and access to Gaelic as part of the Scottish visitor experience has been launched today. (Wednesday October 24)

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop officially launched the Gaelic Tourism Strategy for Scotland 2018-2023 at The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh alongside Lord Thurso, Chair of VisitScotland and Shona Niclllinnein, Ceannard (CEO) of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

The plan encourages boosting awareness and the use of Gaelic within the tourism industry through increased business and visitor engagement.

More disruption to ferry travel between Stornoway and Ullapool is predicted by the weekend, with a forecast of strong northerly winds over Friday and Saturday (October 26th and 27th)

CalMac are not accepting vehicle bookings on the MV Isle of Lewis for Friday or Saturday and are advising would-be travellers to keep a close eye on service updates on www.calmac.co.uk/updates

Stornoway ferry terminal manager Iain Don Maciver said: “The forecast is for a strong northerly wind, blowing straight down the Minch over a protracted period from Friday morning to Saturday evening, which will create a build-up of swell and make conditions very difficult.

A man who was reported missing from Oban on Monday (October 22nd) has been asked to make contact with Stornoway police, after a full-stretch investigation of his whereabouts.

23-year-old Declan Sutherland was last seen in Oban on Saturday night (October 20th) and his family reported him missing on Monday.

Stornoway’s only dry-cleaning firm is to stay open until spring 2019, even though business owner Louis Shields has retired.

The business at James Street, Stornoway has been open under Louis’s management for 30 years and was expected to close when he retired.

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Breakfast time in Stornoway…why not try the new Harris and Lewis Smokehouse on Sandwick Road?

After three years of construction on the former Royal Mail sorting office site, the new smokehouse eatery opened quietly yesterday (Tuesday October 23rd)

Get walking…that's the way to start  improving your quality of life, older people in Balallan were advised recently.

NHS Western Isles’ Health Promotion Department was delighted to accept an invitation to attend the ‘Cairdean Cordail Ceann a Loch’ older people’s group in Balallan recently.

History professor and author Marjory Harper will be giving a talk on emigration on Friday night (26th October) – an event which has been made possible by sponsorship from community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust.

Professor Harper of Aberdeen University will speak on the subject of ‘Voices from the Diaspora: Recollections of Scottish emigrants in the Twentieth Century’.

Pudding, Prosecco and Party wear will be on offer at a special event in Stornoway to raise funds for The Leanne Fund next month.

An evening of treats will take place at the Cabarfeidh Hotel on Friday November 23rproviding tickets holders with a range of tasty desserts, a drop of fizz and an exclusive catwalk Fashion Show by M&Co to show off the latest clothing ranges for men, women and children.

Pictured is Janet Paterson from the Western Isles Lottery presenting a cheque for £2,128.80 to John "Corrags" MacLeod, Malina Morrison and Jonathan Smith of the Westside Agricultural Show Committee. 
The funds were the proceeds raised from Lottery ticket sales from Supporters in the Ness & Westside Area. This follows funding already received in Area 2 by Eoropie Playpark and Carloway Community Centre, making a total of £5,075 distributed to date.

A fundraising event for Carloway war memorial is being held on Saturday (27th October) at 12.30 pm in Carloway community centre.

There’s a Soup & Pudding lunch along with bottle/tombola stall and baking stall.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is today (Tuesday October 23rd) celebrating the tireless work of unsung heroes behind the co-ordination of rescue operations in Stornoway, as part of International Control Room Week.

Pictured are staff from Team 1 at Stornoway, senior maritime operations officer Toby Reynolds (centre) who has been in post for nine years, and maritime operations officers Donna Maclennan (left) and Richard Cooke (right) who have served in post for three years.

A walk and cycle-way which stretches from Vatersay to Lewis has been named as one of the best experiences in the world by travel icons Lonely Planet.

The travel guide series has identified the Scottish Highlands and Islands as one of the world’s top 10 must-see destinations for 2019.

American-style trick-or treating is being shelved in favour of traditional guising in some parts of Lewis, as Hallowe’en, or Samhain, marks the onset of the winter season.

Youngsters in Tong will be out guising on November 1st, following a route from the Tong shop from 6pm.

Local baby massage classes are proving a popular choice with parents, on Barra and other islands.

The free classes, which are held over four to five weeks and led by trained baby massage instructors, continue to attract good attendance by parents and carers across the islands.

The resurgence of interest in badminton in the islands will be celebrated with the Lewis and Harris badminton singles championships, supported by the Comhairle’s sport and health team and by Western Isles Badminton Association.

The championship is on Saturday (27th October) at Lewis sports centre, with match draws made as the competition starts, from 1.30pm.

The deadline to enter the competition is on Wednesday (24th October).

A garden of remembrance is to be placed for the first time in central Stornoway to mark the beginning of a fortnight of remembrance linked to Armistice Day.

A white cross placed near the Ross Battery memorial at the Drill Hall on Church Street on Friday (26th October) will mark the place for relatives to set their own memorials to those fallen in any conflict and in any of the armed services.

A new restaurant opening at the end of the year on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis is set to create at least six new jobs.

Construction of the Uig Sands Restaurant is well under way and is being developed by owners of Uig Lodge in Timsgarry, Dickon and Elly Green.

The project has secured £175,000 investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and £125,000 from EU LEADER towards the £650,000 project.

Passenger and freight sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool have been cancelled today (Monday October 22nd), due to forecast strong westerly winds.

Although the MV Isle of Lewis is making her morning run, and is expected to return to Stornoway at lunchtime, the 2.30pm sailing from Stornoway and the 6.15pm sailing from Ullapool have been cancelled.

There are two new faces in the senior management team at Western Isles district office of Fire Scotland, which has its HQ in Stornoway.

The fire station on Robertson Road is the new workplace for group manager Gavin Hammond and station manager Craig Lauder.

The pair moved to Lewis to replace Steve Oliver, who has moved on to become station manager at Musselburgh, and Iain Macleod, promoted to become Fire Scotland’s area manager, covering the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

Balallan footballer Rachael Johnstone is once again standing firm for her country as she takes up her position as goalkeeper in the Scotland under-15s this week.

Police are asking for help from Stornoway residents in a number of incidents which took place at the weekend (October 20th and 21st).

A householder on Plantation Road called for assistance when a number of men gathered in the area around 3.30am on Saturday morning, acting in a threatening and abusive manner.

Two men are to appear at Stornoway Sheriff court on Monday (October 22nd) after two separate incidents in Stornoway at the weekend.

A 27-year-old man was stopped by police while driving in the area of Stornoway harbour on Sunday (October 21st) around 1.50am. He failed to provide a breath test or sample and was arrested and charged with drink-driving.

A three-day vigil for whale-watchers stood down this afternoon (Sunday October 21st) with incoming stormy weather making it unsafe for the volunteers to continue any longer.

The watch was sparked by a possible stranding emergency on Friday, when two pilot whales were seen swimming in Broad Bay, close to shallow water off Coll beach. The unusual sight brought fears of a mass stranding, as pilot whales often travel in large pods. 30 had been seen off Ullapool earlier in the week.

A change of ferries for the Stornoway-Ullapool route started with disruption on the first day of the temporary service today (Sunday October 21st).

Youngsters are encouraged to get into the spirit of Hallowe'en with a spooky creative writing workshop.

The workshop has the themes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy, and will be presented by Hereward Proops and Gary Ross-Jordan.

Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, says he was thrilled to learn that a good cause in the constituency has received a welcome funding boost thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Befriending Lewis was recently awarded £19861 from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding will enable the organisation to continue its work.

Most Autumn Winter Evening Classes at Lews Castle College start this Tuesday (October 23rd)

So this is the last call, say course organisers - please contact LCC on 01851 770 000 – don’t miss out!

These courses include:Timber Carving; Upholstery; Art; Welding; Sewing; and Photography.

Two pilot whales are currently swimming in the shallow waters of Broad Bay today (Friday 19 October.)

A spokesperson from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) told welovestornoway.com that the whales were still swimming and were being monitored.

The Isle of Harris Distillery's Managing Director has won a top UK award for his "vision, ethos and outstanding management."

Simon Erlanger was made the SME Director of the Year 2018 at the UK Institute of Directors (IoD) awards ceremony yesterday (Thursday 18th October.)

Pop down to Harbour Seafoods for some fresh prawns or squid! Both these seafoods are delicious and good for you and can be cooked in many ways....

 

 

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MAKING YOUR FILM HAPPEN
with Tomás Sheridan
Fri 19 Oct - 9am till 5pm

Documentary filmmaker Tomàs Sheridan will help you navigate the treacherous waters of getting a film made from start to finish.
This one-day participatory masterclass will include group brainstorms, storytelling exercises and the dissection of existing short films with unique behind the scenes insight from idea, through to funding and production, all the way to distribution.

Free but booking is essential

Creative Industries Symposium
Saturday 20 October - 11am till 5pm
Free but booking is essential

We are hosting a Symposium featuring talented artists and professionals from across the creative sector from near and far. There will be something for everyone from jewellery to gaming and technology. Come along and learn from their success stories. Rounding off the day will be a discussion panel debating the pros and cons of island life, entitled ‘I’m an Islander, Get Me Out of Here!’

Live talks, big names, industry professionals, Q&As, panel discussion & films.

Genealogy is going to be the subject of a new course at Lews Castle College, available from January.

The College, which is working in partnership with Seallam, the family history research centre in Northton, says the 12-week course delivered by renowned Islands genealogist Bill Lawson will be available online with tutorial support.

The search for “the next big thing” in UK Children’s Television is gearing up as part of a £60 million initiative being introduced by the UK Government.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright today (Friday October 19th) announces that the Contestable Fund which aims to halt the decline of UK produced children's content and reverse the growing trend of airing repeats, will also include:

  • More support for programming in Welsh and Gaelic;

Catalogue from Hebridean Books

…sellers of Second Hand Scottish, Highlands and Islands, Gaelic, Football and Sport books at reasonable prices.

22 October 2018

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1. Valuation Roll of the County of Ross for the Year Ending Whitsunday 1880. Francis Foster Assessor. Gives a list of all the names and rents of properties, farms and crofts for that year throughout the Parish of Ross and Cromarty. Also, included on 3 sheets of A4 is a list of Mathesons in the Parishes of Barvas, Stornoway and Uig and the rental they paid. Has a contents and Index at the beginning of the book. P.B Sized Publication. 187 Pages. £85
2. Summer Tours in Scotland. Glasgow and the Highlands. The Royal Route by David MacBraynes Royal Mail Steamers, “Columba”, “Iona” &c. Official Guide -New Edition. Contents: Prologue -Description of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Glasgow to Oban and Inverness, Excursions from Oban, Glasgow to Islay via Tarbert, Appendix -The Trossachs Tour, Index to Calling Places, Golf Courses, Hotels, Etc. At the end of the book it has a list of Tours, Time Tables, Fares. H.B. Date of Publishing unknown but it has a name and is dated April 17th 1905. 115 Pages, Plus Plates and 48 Page Index. £45
3. Isles of the Island by S.P.B. Mais. This book contains 14 Chapters and covers the Outer Hebrides, Inner Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland, Isle of Man, Isle of Sicily, Channel Islands, What it costs, Bibliography, Index. This book contains the diary of the Author’s journey to these islands in 1934 and includes many illustrations. H.B. Published in 1934. 1st Edition. 354 Pages. £25
4. Scottish Coastal Steamers 1918 -1975. ‘The lines that linked the lochs’ by Brian Patton. A book about the steamers that plied the coastal routes around Scotland, which had a special fascination and romance that made them an integral part of Scottish life for many generations. A4 Size Publication. 9 chapters and includes many photographs. Printed in 1996. 128 Pages. £8
5. The Edinburgh Academy Register. 1824-1914 A record of all those who have entered the School since its Foundation in 1824. Also includes a list of Directors, Honorary Secretaries, Treasurers and Clerks, Rectors, Masters, Duxes, Sporting Team line ups, list of trophy winners and a list of former pupils who became rugby internationalists. H.B. Published in 1914. 638 Pages. £45
6. Gaelic in Strathspey by Neil McGregor M.A. A booklet of the talk given to the Gaelic Society of Inverness on 17th November 1995. P.B. 119 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £10
7. Gaelic Words and Expressions from South Uist and Eriskay. Collected by Rev Fr. Allan Macdonald of Eriskay (1859-1905). Edited by J.L. Campbell. Contents: Portrait of Fr. Allan, Introduction, List of Informants, Authors cited by Fr. Allan, Authorities consulted by the Editor, List of Abbreviations used, Notes on Pronunciation, Gaelic Words and Expressions from South Uist and Eriskay, Appendix 1: Words collected in Uist by the late Rev, Dr. George Henderson, the Late Rev. Dr. Angus Macdonald Killearnan, and by the Editor from the late Seonaidh Caimbeul, Appendix II: Classified Words, Supplement. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1958, this reprint is from 1991. 317 Pages. £15
8. An Iona Anthology by F.Marian McNeill. Contents: Approach to Iona, The Setting, St Columba, The Columban Church and After, Runes, Invocations and Prayers, Legends and Dreams, Impressions and Tributes, Round the Island, Reilig Odhrain, Epilogue. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1947, this reprint is from 1952. 129 Pages. £8
9. Glasgow Academical Club. Centenary Volume 1866-1966. Contents: Part 1 -19th Century, Part II -20th Century, Illustrations and Appendices. H.B. Published in 1966. 97 Pages. £20
10. South Kintyre Dialect by Angus Martin. Booklet, Printed in 2016. 76 Pages. Signed by the Author. £8
11. Churchill’s Prisoners. The Italians in Orkney 1942-1944. Compiled by James Macdonald. 9 Chapters. Originally Printed in 1987, this reprint is from 2007. 44 Pages. £6
12. Iona Through the Ages by Alan Macquarrie. This booklet is intended to serve as a readable introduction to the history of Iona for visitors and pilgrims to the island. Booklet, Printed in 1986. 36 Pages. £6
13. The Mull Connection and other poems by Shaun Carmichael. Booklet, 36 Poems. Originally Printed in 1993, this reprint is from 1998. 32 Pages. Signed by the Author. £6
14. Scottish Vanguard. Organ of the Workers Party of Scotland. Vol 6.No 1. Winter 1973-74. Magazine. Includes an article by John Maclean, and a 2 page insert of a pamphlet Maclean wrote in 1920. 36 Pages. £5
15. The Royal Burgh of Inveraray by Alexander Fraser. Contents: Acknowledgements, The Burgh of Inveraray, The Old Town, The New Town, The Churches, Inveraray Grammar School, Other Schools. P.B. Published in 1977. 224 Pages. £8
16. St Kilda Mail. Number 14 April 1990. 1930- Evacuation -1990. This issue has many articles to commemorate the anniversary of the evacuation, and also the usual reports on the St Kilda Club and work expeditions that have taken place on the island during the previous 12 months. A5 publications. 60 Pages. £5
17. Traditions of the Mackenzies by William Matheson. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness Volume XXXIX. Paper delivered to the Society on 15th April, 1949. Booklet, Printed in 1963. 36 Pages. £8
18. Under Brinkie’s Brae by George Mackay Brown. A selection of the author’s weekly columns which appeared in the Orcadian newspaper. H.B. With D/J Published in 1979. 151 Pages. £8
19. The Clan Macleod by I.F. Grant. J&B Clan Histories. With Their Rock-Built Fortress They Have Endured. Foreword by the Late Dame Flora Macleod of Macleod. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1953, This Third Reprint is from 1979. 31 Pages. £6
20. Hebridean and Clyde Ferries of Caledonian MacBrayne by Ian McCrorie. Booklet, Printed in 1985. 32 Pages. £6
21. Alasdair MacColla and the Highland Problem in the 17th Century by David Stevenson. 11 Chapters, Preface, List of Maps, Bibliography and Abbreviations, Genealogical Tables, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1980. 324 Pages. £15
22. Building St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall by Ruairidh Macleod. A book which is beautifully illustrated with a text which outlines the main developments in the building of St Magnus Cathedral. A4 Size Publication. Printed in 1994. 80 Pages. £10
23. Glenelg and its Wildlife what you can see & Where to see it. Booklet, Date of Printing late 1990’s. 24 Pages. £6
24. A’ Chomhraich A Glimpse of History. The Sanctuary. Booklet, Printed in 1999. 20 Pages. £6
25. Memoir of the Rev. David King, L.L.D. By His Wife and Daughter. Together with some of his sermons. H.B. 23 Chapters and 11 Sermons. Published in 1885. 418 Pages. £15
26. The Shetland Isles by Liv Kjorsvik Schei with photographs by Gunnie Moberg. H.B. With D/J 28 Chapters, Bibliography, Glossary and Index. Published in 2006, 288 Pages. £8
27. A Gift from Nessus by William Mcilvanney. One of Mcillvanney’s first novels. H.B. With D/J Published in 1968. 1st Edition. 223 Pages. £8
28. Remedy is None by William Mcillvanney. The Author’s first novel. H.B. With D/J Published in 1966. 1st Edition. Also includes a newspaper cutting with the news that the author had been awarded the Geoffrey Faber award and which is dated 4.12.75. 244 Pages. £8
29. The Sutherland Clearances 1806-1820. An Introduction by David Forbes. Booklet, Printed in 1977. 44 Pages. £6
30. Some Notes on West Highland Weapons by William Mackay. Booklet, Printed in 1961. 5 Pages. Signed by the Author. £6
31. Ben Lawers and its Alpine Flowers. Colour Photographs by Dr Duncan Poore and Dr Fraser Ross. Contents: History and Legend, Ben Lawers Range, Plant Ecology, Animals of the Mountain, Ski-Ing, Garth Memorial Youth Hostel, Bibliography. Includes a number of Illustrations. P.B. Date of Printing Unknown. 56 Pages. £8
32. Neil M. Gunn and Dunbeath. By Robert P. Gunn. Index. Foreword, A Short Biography, Neil M. Gunn’s Dunbeath, Acknowledgements, References Consulted. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1986, reprinted in 1993. 27 Pages. £6
33. Seal -Folk and Ocean Paddlers. Sliochd na Ron by John M. Macaulay. Foreword by Tony Ford. Contents: Preface, Seal-Folk, Champion of Champions, Hebridean and Norse Tradition, Mythology, fantasy, Recorded Events, Kayaks, Lapp of Honour, References and Bibliography. P.B. Published in 1998. 110 Pages. £8
34. The Search for the Stone of Destiny by Pat Gerber. Photography by Andrew Morris. The authors set out to trace the intriguing story of this symbolic Stone. They suggest how it might be recognised, where it might be found and its role as witness to dreams, coronations, kings, queens and conquests. H.B. With D/J Published in 1992. The book is in five parts. 137 Pages. £10
35. The Scottish Legal Tradition. The Rt Hon Lord Cooper L.L.D. Revised by Michael C. Meston. Fourth Edition. Saltire Pamphlets. In 4 Parts. Booklet, Printed in 1977. 36 Pages. £6
36. Guide Notes to “The Linlithgow Story” As told in Linlithgow’s Museum at Annat House, 143 High Street, Linlithgow. Compiled by Tom McGowran. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 36 Pages. £6
37. Lost Railways of Midlothian. By W. & E.A. Munro. Contents: The Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway, The Waverley Route, Rails to Peebles, The Polton Branch, The Penicuik Railway, The Edinburgh Loanhead & Roslin Railway. Booklet, Printed in 1985. 22 Pages. £6
38. Cathedrals Abbeys and Churches of Scotland. One Hundred and Twenty Eight Churches for you to Visit in 1995. Scotland’s Churches Scheme. Booklet, Printed in 1995. 47 Pages. £5
39. Scottish Gaelic Vernacular Verse to 1730. A Checklist by Colm O Baoill & Donald Macaulay. Booklet, Printed in 1988. 57 Pages. £6
40. A Complete Guide to Scottish Country Dancing By Allie Anderson and John M. Duthie. Booklet, 9 Chapters. Date of Printing Unknown. 47 Pages. £8
41. Vikings in Scotland An Archaeological Survey by James Graham Campbell and Colleen E. Batey. 13 Chapters and Illustrations. P.B. Originally Printed in 1998, this reprint is from 2002. 296 Pages. £8
42. Programme for the concert held to commemorate the Laying of the Foundation Stone at Kyle Public Hal on 3rd September 1931 by Lady Hamilton and the Opening of the Hall by Lady Hamilton of Balmacara on 8th April 1932. Programme 4 Pages. (Scarce) £6
43. Croilean Gaidhlig Oilthigh Ghlaschu. Glasgow University Gaelic League. A Grand Caledonian Night held at the Berkeley Hall on Thursday 8th February 1934. Chairman Hugh S. Robertson. Programme 4 Pages. (Scarce) £6
44. Sand River Trail. A Walk Through Time. Booklet, Printed in 1996. 26 Pages. £6
45. Glimpses into the Past in Lammermuir by John Hutton Browne. Illustrations by William Seton Crosbie. Edited with notes by Norrie McLeish. Booklet, Printed in 1998. 126 Pages. £6
46. Stackwalker Interviews 2008-2010 by Simon Yuill. Interviews conducted with people in the Western Isles, Isle of Skye, North East of Scotland, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Subjects covered in this book include; Crofting, Law, Common Grazings, Sutherland Estate Records, Polish Ex Combatants Association, Food Production, A8 Countries, Fishing, Migrant Labour,Language, Archives, Property, Seasonal Labour, Gangmasters, etc,etc. P.B. Published in 2012. 480 Pages. £8
47. Scotland A Concise History B.C. to 1990 by James Halliday. 18 Chapters, Maps, Battle Plans and Family Lines. P.B. Published in 1990. 155 Pages. £6
48. Ross Your Clan Heritage. Extensively Revised. Compiled by Alan McNie. Booklet, Originally Published in 1983. This extensively revised edition is from 1989. 34 Pages. £6
49. The Scottish Islands by George Scott Moncrieff. Contents: List of Illustrations, Introduction, The Inner Hebrides, The Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland, Other Islands and a conclusion. H.B. With D/J Published in 1952, this second edition is from 1961. 142 Pages. £12
50. Comunn Eachdraidh Sgire Bhearnaraidh. Bernera Local History Society. A4 Publication. 4 Pages. £5
51. The Land Lay Still by James Robertson. A novel set in post war Scotland, brilliantly blending the personal and the political. It sweeps away the dust and the grime of the post war years to rich mosaic of twentieth century Scottish life. H.B. With D/J Published in 2010. 673 Pages. £5
52. Street Names of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge. Booklet, Printed in 1992. 35 Pages. £6
53. City of Edinburgh Highland Games Murrayfield Rugby Ground Saturday 22nd August 1953. Official Programme. Booklet, 32 Pages. £8
54. Their Names Liveth. A Survey of the First World War Graves in Linlithgow Municipal Cemetery. Pamphlet, 10 Pages. £5
55. “The Noblest Work” The Story of Ninian Winzet Priest and Schoolmaster of Linlithgow by Tom McGowran. Pamphlet, 12 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £5
56. The Clan Fraser. C.I. Fraser of Reelig. Johnston’s Clan Histories. Booklet, originally Printed in 1954, Reprinted 1959. With Tartan’s and Chief’s Arms in Colour, and a Map. 32 Pages. £5
57. An T-Eilthireach. Original Gaelic Poems and Melodies by Major C.I.N. Macleod. 16 Gaelic Songs and Melodies. Booklet, Printed in 1952. 43 Pages. £8
58. The Highland Society of London. Bicentenary Banquet. Programme for the Dinner held in the Fishmonger’s Hall, London in June 1978. Booklet, 4 Pages. £6
59. Cnoc Chusbaig. Comh -Chruinneachadh de Orain agus Dain le Uilleam Mac Coinnich Siadar an Rubha, Leodhais. Comh Chruinneachadh le Peigi Nic Coinnich. Roimh Radh le Domhnull Mac Coinnich. 8 Orain Le Uilleam Mac Choinnich agus 6 Orain le Peigi Nic Coinnich. H.B. First Edition Published in 1936. Slight tears at the top and bottom of the Spine. 61 Duilleag. £15
60. Knoydart A History by Denis Rixson. This book is the first full length survey of this fascinating area and presents the moving struggle of a community to preserve itself amidst a harsh environment. 11 Chapters, Epilogue and Reading List. P.B. Published in 1999. 189 Pages. £8
61. The Scottish Way 1746-1946 by F.W. Robertson. Freedom’s Decline and the Truth about the Highland Clans. Booklet, Date of Printing late 1940’s. 32 Pages. £10 (Scarce)
62. Balaich an T-Stratha. No, Iain beag agus a Chuideachd. Leis an Lighiche Alasdair Mac an T-Saoir An Ard Ruighe. Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1946. 48 Duilleag. £10
63. The Savages of Gaelic Tradition by David Macritchie. A lecture delivered to the Gaelic Society of Inverness on 22nd January 1920. Contents: The Oorishks of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Ross Shire, Oorishks and Kewachs, How Diarmaid Slew the Kewach, Dwellers in Caves and Doons, The Ferocity of the Avuska, Broonies and Their Habis -Conclusions. Booklet, Printed in 1920 and a presentation copy signed by the author. 39 Pages. £20 (Scarce)
64. Notes on the Relics preserved in Dunvegan Castle, Skye, and the Heraldry of the Family of Macleod of macleod. Macleod F. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Volume 47, 1913. Booklet, Reprint. 31 Pages. £10
65. The Story of the Lovat Scouts 1900-1980 with contributions to 2000 by Michael Leslie Melville. 17 Chapters, 5 Appendices, a chapter with an update to the first edition 1980-2002. P.B. First Published in 1987, this reprint is from 2004. 250 Pages. £10
66. Marbhnadh Dhonnchaidh Duibh. Elegy on Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy. Edited and Translated by William J. Watson. Reprinted from An Deo Greine. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 16 Pages. £12
67. The Isle of Mull. A Short Guide to the Island. Including Information on the Flora of Mull and Place Names by Norah Turner and Andrew Finlay. New Edition. Booklet, 41 Pages. Date of Printing possibly late 1960’s. £10
68. Scottish Gaelic Studies. Contents: Palatalization of Labials in Scottish Gaelic and some Related Problems in Phonology. Booklet, Printed in 1966, 13 pages. A presentation copy signed by Donald Macaulay. £8
69. The Last Shenachie By John Douglas Pringle. A memoir of Angus Macdonald born at Cnoclinn in North Uist on February 18, 1900 and died in Sydney, Australia, on November 23, 1975. Booklet, Printed in 1976.47 Pages. £10
70. Historic Catholic Sites in the Highlands and North East of Scotland. Leaflet, 7 Pages. Printed in 1998. £8
71. The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine. Gleanings from Hebridean Medical History by Martin M. Whittet. Reprint of the paper read before the Society at its meeting at Craig Dunain Hospital, Inverness on 18th September 1965. Booklet, 8 Pages. A signed copy presented to Hugh Barron from Martin Whittet. £12
72. Settlement and Population in Kintyre by R.A. Gailey. Reprinted from the Scottish Geographical Magazine Vol 76, No 2 (1960) pp 99-107. Pamphlet 8 Pages. £8
73. The Vikings and their Origins. Scandinavia in the First Millenium by David Wilson. Contents: Preface, Introduction, The Unveiling of Scandinivia, The Era of the Great Migrations, The Viking Attack, The Vikings at Home, Select Bibliography, List of Illustrations, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 144 Pages. £10
74. From the Wilderness to Paradise by Duncan A Downie. Developments in Agriculture on Kemnay Estate from the Mid 18th Century to the Mid 19th Century. Booklet, 10 Chapters. Printed in 2000. 42 Pages. £8
75. Loch Goil. A Slice out of Paradise. An insight into the history of Loch Goil written by locals. Contents: Geographic and Pre History, Early Local History, Statistical Accounts of the 1790’s and 1845, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century People and Connections, Into the Twentieth Century, Lochgoilhead Church, The Loch, The Steamers and the Naval Base, Memories, Clubs, Societies and Services, Carrick,P.B Published in 2001. 146 Pages. £8
76. Inverness and the Macdonalds by Evan Macleod Barron. Contents: The Capital of the Highlands, Inverness and the Lords of the Isles, Further clan Donald Rebellions, Storm and Stress -Angus Og and Alexander of Lochalsh, To the End of the Sixteenth Century, Montrose -Glengarry -Coll of the Cows, The Jacobite Risings and After, An Early Nineteenth Century Episode, The Last Hundred Years. H.B. Published in 1930.126 Pages. £25
77. Introduction to Archives. A B.B.C. Publication by F.G. Emmison. Booklet, Printed in 1964. 28 Pages. £6
78. Na Duilleagan Gaidhlig Aireamh 1 Am Faoilleach 1971 Eaglais na H-Alba. Searmon leis an urramach Murchadh Macsuain, Co Chruineachadh Shrath Pheofhair, Oibreachadh an Spioraid Naoimh ann am Beatha na h-Eaglais, Deagh Sgeul na Slainte leis an Urramach Iain Macleoid An t-ObanLatharnach, Laoidh le Donnchadh Macasgaill, Bearnaraidh, Leodhais. 8 Duilleagan. £6
79. The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter. H.B. 85 Chapters, Date of Publishing unknown. Front and back pages show signs of dampness, but not the pages with the text. 520 pages. £20
80. Shield of Empire. The Royal Navy and Scotland by Brian Lavery. H.B. With D/J Published in 2007. 16 Chapters, Illustrations, Notes, Index of Ships, General Index. 510 Pages. £8
81. A Desert Place in the Sea. The Early Churches of Northern Lewis by Michael Robson. 11 Chapters, Foreword, Forgotten Treasures, Map of Northern Lewis, Bibliography. P.B. Published in 1997. 95 Pages. £6
82. A Suathadh Ri Iomadh Rubha le Aonghas Caimbel (Am Puilean) Suainebost, Nis, Eilean Leodhais. Eachdraidh Beatha an Ughdair. 8 Caibidealan agus deilbh. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an1973. 370 Duilleag. £12
83. Iona -Past and Present With Maps by Alec and Euphemia Ritchie. Contents: Historical Sketch of the Island, Geological Sketch of the Island, Botany of Iona and Staffa, Ornithology of Iona, Appendix of Place Names. Includes Illustrations. H.B. Originally Published in 1928, This Third Edition is from 1934. 43 Pages. £15
84. The Transformation of Rural Scotland. Social Change and the Agrarian Economy 1660-1815 by T.M. Devine. 8 Chapters, List of Maps, Figures and Tables, 12 Appendices, Bibliography. P.B. Originally Published in 1994, this Edition is from 1999. 275 Pages. £10
85. A Habitable Land. JM. Boyd & I.L. Boyd. The Hebrides. The first volume of a unique trilogy spanning the complete natural history of the Hebrides, written by world renowned experts on nature and wildlife. P.B. Published in 1996. Includes Photographs. 124 Pages. £8
86. The Place Names of Arran by Ian A. Fraser. 12 Chapters, Notes, Indexes on Settlement names, Topographical Elements, Field Names and Minor Names, Index of Elements, Bibliography. P.B. Published in 1999. 168 Pages. Signed by the Author. £15
87. Waverley -the world’s last sea going paddle steamer by Douglas McGowan. Booklet, Printed in 1984. 9 Chapters. 79 Pages. £8
88. Caledonian MacBrayne -Ships of the Fleet by Ian McCrorie. With Illustrations by J. Aikman Smith. Booklet, Printed in 1977. 32 Pages. £8
89. Steamers of the Clyde and Western Isles 1964. Contents: Introductory Note, Fleet List Notes, Fleet Lists, The Corporation of Glasgow. Booklet, Printed in 1964. 27 Pages. £10
90. A History of the Borders From the Earliest Times by Alistair Moffat. H.B. With D/J Published in 2002. 14 Chapters and Illustrations. 454 Pages. £8
91. Seanchas Ille. Cruinneachadh, clarachadh agus gleidheadh dualachas Gaidhlig Ille. Collecting, Recording and preserving Islay’s Gaelic Heritage. Foreword by Donald Meek. Contents: Foreword, Introduction, Notes on Transcriptions and Translations, Local Stories, Traditional Beliefs and Superstitions, Local People and Days Gone By, Traditional Remedies and Food Ways, Proverbs, Glossary of Islay Gaelic, Glossary of Islay Gaelic Bird Names, Glossary of Islay Gaelic Sea Creature Names, Acknowledgements. P.B. Published in 2007. A bilingual Publication. 173 Pages. £8
92. The Companion Guide to The West Highlands of Scotland by W.H. Murray. The Seaboard from Kintyre to Cape Wrath.28 Chapters, 5 Appendices and Illustrations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1968. 1st Edition. 415 Pages. £10
93. As a Bhraighe. Beyond the Braes. The Gaelic Songs of Allan the Ridge Macdonald 1794-1868. By Effie Rankin. Second Edition. Contents: Introduction, The Gaelic Songs of Allan the Ridge The Early Years, The Middle Years, Drinking songs, The Final Years, Notes to Songs, Airs to Songs, Genealogy, Maps, Glossary, Abbreviations, Bibliography. P.B. Published in 2005. 212 Pages. £8
94. The Gaelic of Kintyre by Nils M Holmer. H.B. Originally Published in 1962, this reprint is from 1981. Contents includes: Phonology, Historical Retrospect of the Sounds, Accidence, The Old Dialect of Southend, Texts, Index and Glossary. 160 Pages. £15
95. The Decline of the Celtic Languages by Victor Edward Durkacz. A Study of the Linguistic and Cultural Conflict in Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the Reformation to the Twentieth Century. 6 Chapters. P.B. Published in 1983. 258 Pages. £10
96. The Gaelic Other World by John Gregorson Campbell. Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Witchcraft and Second Sight in the Highlands and Islands. Edited and Commentry by Ronald Black.17 Chapters and 10 Appendices and maps. P.B. Published in 2005. 753 Pages. £10
97. The White Island by John Lister Kaye. With Drawings by Diana Brown. This book describes in detail the two seasons the author spent with Gavin Maxwell on Kyleakin Island, and tells of Maxwell’s last illness and death. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 1st Edition. 12 Chapters and Illustrations. 179 Pages. £10
98. Speed Bonny Boat. The Story of Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. Under Scottish Transport Group, 1969-1990 by John Whittle. Booklet, Printed in 1990. 49 Pages. £8
99. Island Years by F.Fraser Darling. The story of three people and their experiences over three years on three islands; North Rona, The Treshinish Isles and the Summer Isles. H.B. Published in 1952. 183 Pages. £15
100. Reminiscences of an Orkney Parish by John Firth. Together with Old Orkney Words, Riddles and Proverbs. H.B. With D/J Published in 1974. 26 Chapters and Illustrations. 161 Pages. £15
101. Maclaren’s Gaelic Self Taught. An Introduction to Gaelic for beginners (with guide to pronunciation) Complete With Key. Reprint of Fourth (Revised Edition) P.B. Published in 1987. 184 Pages. £6
102. 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. P.B. Published in 1990. 352 Pages. £8
103. Dileab Ailein. The Legacy of Allan Macarthur. Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations. Compiled by Margaret Bennett. H.B. Published in 2009, and includes 2 CD’s with all the songs in the book. It has a biography by Margaret Bennett about Allan Macarthur. 86 Pages. Signed by the Author. £8
104. A Godly Heritage. An Enlarged Edition of a Booklet on The Holy Trinity by Rev. Angus Mackay, Kingussie. Edited by Rev G.N.M. Collins, Greenock. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 39 Pages. £12 (Scarce)
105. Tolsta Sheilings. Airighean Tholastaidh by the North Tolsta Historical Society. A booklet recording the heritage of the sheilings in the village and listing tenants where known. Booklet, Printed in 2015. 45 Pages. £6
106. Celtic Culture -Cultar Ceilteach. Booklet which looks at the different strands of the culture of the Western Isles; Language, Gaelic Proverbs, the Arts, Music, Literature, Oral Traditions, Clans and Kinship, Education, The Church. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 14 Pages. £5
107. Roll of Honour. Roll Urram Tholastaidh Bho Thuath. A record of all those from North Tolsta, Isle of Lewis who served in WW11. A4 Size Publication, Date of Printing Unknown. 84 Pages. £10
108. The Legend of Red Clydeside by Iain Maclean. This book is in Three Parts; Clydeside in Wartime, From George Square to Enoch Square, Consequences, Biographical Notes, Notes, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Originally Published in 1983, this reprint is from 1999. 296 Pages. £8
109. A Real Life Story -Gordon Thomson. The author originally from Motherwell gives the reader his life story. P.B. This is a reprint from 2017. 35 Pages. £5
110. Yesterday’s Child by Christina Morrison. This is the story of the author’s adventures in wartime London, including meeting Winston Churchill in his pyjamas, are a fascinating first hand account of a by gone era retold with modesty and humour. P.B. Published in 2016. 160 Pages. £5
111. The Earth Bound Vision. A Critical Examination of Pre Millennialism by Rev Murdoch Campbell. Booklet, Printed in 1960. 30 Pages. £6
112. Scotch Whisky. A story of how Whisky began and is made. Contents: How it Began, Malt and Grain Whisky, Germination, Peat Reek, Fermentation, Distillation, Maturing and Blending. Includes Photographs. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 12 Pages. £6
113. The Island Nurse by Mary J. Macleod. The entertaining and touching true story of a district nurse on a remote Scottish island in the early ‘70’s. P.B. Published in 2012. 347 Pages. £5
114. Eric Liddell -The Flying Scotsman by Roger Carswell. A Pamphlet 8 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £5
115. Scotland’s Greatest Athlete. The Eric Liddell Story. By D.P. Thomson. P.B. Published in 1970. 30 Chapters. 240 Pages. £5
116. The Perpetuity of Moral Law by the Rev Kenneth Macrae. Pamphlet, Date of Printing Unknown, but published after his death in 1963. 7 Pages. £5
117. Gramair na Gaidhlig le Michel Byrne. Contents: Glossary, Common Sound Changes in Gaelic, Nouns and Articles, Adjectives and Adverbs, Pronouns, Prepositions, The Verb Is, The Verb. P.B. Originally Published in 2002, this reprint is from2004. 141 Pages. £8
118. The Poems of John Morrison Edited by George Henderson. Dain Iain Gobha. Collected and Edited with a memoir. Second Edition, two volumes reprinted in one. H.B. With D/J. Date of Publishing Unknown. 350 Pages. £15
119. Modern Scotland by James G. Kellas. Revised Edition. H.B. With D/J Published in 1980. 12 Chapters. 193 Pages. £8
120. The Free Church Pulpit. Sermons by Ministers of The Free Church of Scotland. 20 Sermons from well known Church Ministers like Rev Kenneth Macrae, Rev R.J. Macleod, Rev Kenneth Cameron, Rev Alexander Stewart, Rev Andrew Sutherland, Rev John Macleod (Inverness), Rev H. Mackay and Rev D.Munro. This is a reprint from 1927. H.B. 247 Pages. £10
121. The Island Clans During the Six Centuries by The Rev Canon R.C. Macleod of Macleod. Contents: The Norse Occupation of the Hebrides, The Clan System, The Clansmen, Home Life, Internal and External Warfare, Scottish Kings and Island Chiefs, The Passing of the Old Order, Employment and Unemployment, A West Highland Estate During Four Centuries, Some Island Folklore, Index. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown. 187 Pages. £25
122. Studies in Scottish Antiquity presented by Stewart Cruden. Edited by David J. Breeze. 19 Chapters by 22 different Writers, and a bibliography of Stewart Cruden’s Publications. H.B. With D/J Published in 1984. 489 Pages. £15
123. Duanaire Na Sracaire. Songbook of the Pillagers. Anthology of Medieval Gaelic Poetry. Edited by Wilson Mcleod and Meg Bateman. A Bilingual Publication which looks at the songs in the Learned Tradition and in the Song Tradition. P.B. Published in 2007. 554 Pages. £8
124. Every Day Life on an Old Highland Farm 1769-1782 by I.F. Grant. With a Preface by W.R. Scott. 8 Chapters and 2 Appendixes. H.B. Published in 1924. 1st Edition. 276 Pages. £20
125. Understand Highland Place Names. Towns & Villages, Hills & Mountains, Lochs & Burns. Compiled by William Owen. Booklet, 42 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £10 (Scarce)
126. Walking in the Lochalsh Peninsula. A National Trust for Scotland Publication. Booklet. 8 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £5
127. Room Notes by Lord Cawdor. Contents: North Courtyard, Drawing Room, Tapestry Bedroom, Blue Room Passage, Blue Room, Front Stairs Landing, Tower Room, Thorn Tree Room, Front Stairs, Dining Room, Modern Kitchen, Old Kitchen, Victoriana, Hirlas Horn, Stones, Eastern Promise, Shakespeare and Macbeth, Six Centuries of Light Literature, Marble Busts, Man O’ War, Pet’s Corner. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 18 Pages. £6
128. Scotland An Unwon Cause. An Anthology with a Commentry by Paul H. Scott. 11 Chapters, 4 Appendixes. P.B. Published in 1997. 228 Pages. £8
129. Collected Poems of Robert Service. Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, Ballads of a Cheechako, Ballads of a Bohemian, The Spell of the Yukom, Bar Room Ballads. H.B. With D/J. Date of Publishing Unknown. In this omnibus volume is included the verse of Robert Service from the beginning of his remarkable career up to 1940. 735 Pages. £8
130. The Illustrated Gaelic -English Dictionary. Containing every Gaelic word and meaning given in all previously published dictionaries, and a great number never in print before. To which is prefixed A Concise Gaelic Grammar. 675 Illustrations. Compiled by Edward Dwelly. P.B. This Edition Published in 1994. 1034 Pages. £10
131. Leabhar -Fhaclan nan Oran Gaidhlig a sheinneadh ‘s’a Ghreis Labhrais le Ruairidh Macleoid le dealbh an t-seinneadair. Gaelic Songs on the Gramaphone. Sung by Roderick Macleod. 12 Songs in Total. Booklet, Printed in 1923. 20 Pages. £10 Scarce.
132. Orain Iain Mhic Fhearchair. A bha na Bhard aig Sir Seumas Macdhomhnaill. Air an deasachadh le Uilleam MacMhathain. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann a 1939. 108 Duilleag. £15
133. Am Fear Ciuil. Dain, Orain, Oraidean is Sgeulachdan le Domhnull Maceacharn an Dun Eideann. An Dara Clo Bhualadh, Le Moran Ris. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1910. 336 Duilleag. £25
134. Contributions to a History of Domestic Settlement in North Uist by Iain A. Crawford. Reprinted from Scottish Studies volume 9, Part 1, p.p. 34-63, 1965. Booklet, 20 Pages. £8
135. Hebridean Decade Mull, Coll and Tiree 1761-1771 by Nicholas Maclean Bristol. Booklet, Printed in 1982. 36 Pages. £6
136. Mid Argyll a handbook of History by Marion Campbell. Published by The Natural History and Antiquarian Society of Mid Argyll. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1970, this second edition completely revised by the author was printed in 1974. 32 Pages. Signed by the Author. £8
137. Records of Inverness. Edited by William Mackay and Herbert Cameron Boyd. Volume 1. Burgh Court Books: 1556-86. Printed for the University of Aberdeen 1911. There are a number of illustrations in this publication along with a copy of a plan of Inverness dating from 1725. H.B. Published in 1911. 309 Pages. £85
138. Going Home The Run Rig Story by Tom Morton. A book charting the story of the band from their beginnings in 1973 until 1991. 14 Chapters and over 200 photographs and interviews with band members and others who were part of the story. H.B. With D/J Published in 1991. 222 Pages. £10
139. The Story of Muckairn Church. A booklet printed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the church building at Muckairn, Taynuilt, Argyll. Compiled by David O. Galbraith with assistance from Donald Longbottom. Booklet, Printed in 1979. 28 Pages. £6
140. The Lepers Bell. The Autobiography of a Changeling -Norman Maclean. This book is in turn tragic and uplifting, devastating and hilarious, elegant and heartbreaking, and one of the most moving and uncompromising memoirs to appear in recent years. H.B. With D/J Published in 2009. 32 Chapters. 327 Pages. £6
141. Comhchruinneacha do Dh’Orain Thaghta Ghaidhealach. Cuid dhiu nach robh Riamh Roimhe Clo Bhuailte le Gilleasbuig Meinne. 88 Orain uile gu leir. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1870. 350 Duilleag. £45
142. An T-Eileanach. Original Gaelic Songs Poems and Readings by John Macfadyen, Glasgow. 57 Orain, 7 Dain agus 7 Sgeul Aithris. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1890. 303 Duilleag. £25
143. Ancient Monuments Volume VI Scotland. In the ownership or the guardianship of The Ministry of works by Professor V. Gordon Childe and W.Douglas Simpson. H.B. Published in 1952. 127 Pages. £10
144. Cascheum Nam Bard. An Anthology of Gaelic Poetry. Earrann I. Selected and Edited by Lachlan Mackinnon. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 41 Pages. £8
145. Cascheum Nam Bar. An Anthology of Gaelic Poetry. Earrann II. Selected and Edited by Lachlan Mackinnon. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 43 Pages. £8
146. Standing on the Rock. A History of Stirling Baptist Church 1805 2005 by Brian R Talbot. 9 Chapters. P.B. Published in 2005. 186 Pages. Signed by the Author. £8
147. A Century of Farm Power Exhibition. 200 Vintage Exhibits. The Royal Highland Centre Ingliston. Programme for the event that was held at Ingliston in 2000. 56 Pages. £6
148. Pullars of Perth by Albert W Harding. This is the story of the success and failure of a family engaged in the dyeing industry is the first to take an objective look at Pullars of Perth. H.B. With D/J Published in 1991. 192 Pages. £8
149. Edinburgh University Worthies. Biographies of Selected Pre 1901 Alumni and Staff of the University of Edinburgh. 37 worthies are profiled in this publication. P.B. Published in 1999. 55 Pages. £8
150. Labour in Scotland. A Short History of the Scottish Working Class Movement by W.H. Marwick. Booklet, 32 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £8
151. From The Bloody Heart. The Stewarts and the Douglases by Oliver Thomson. This book is an examination of the 400 year rivalry between the Stewart and Douglas families which had such an influence on the fortunes of Scotland. H.B. With D/J Published in 2003. Includes Illustrations. 212 Pages. £8
152. Stanley Its History and Development. Written by The Stanley Extra -Mural Class. Edited by Anthony Cooke. Booklet, 6 Chapters, Appendix and Illustrations. Orginally Printed in 1977, this reprint with corrections was printed in 1980. 64 Pages. £6
153. A Short History of Abernethy. Compiled by Christine Cameron. Compiled from Existing Records. Booklet, a revised and updated reprint from 2000. 31 Pages. £6
154. A History of Falkirk by Lewis Lawson. 12 Chapters, Illustrations, Maps, Acknowledgements, a list of Provosts of the Burgh, Sources and Index. P.B.Originally Printed in 1975, this reprint is from 1994.152 Pages. £8
155. The Southern Highlands by D.J. Bennett. Scottish Mountaineering Club District Guide. 15 Chapters and an Index of Place Names. H.B. Which includes many Illustrations. Published in 1991. 214 Pages. £10
156. The Northwest Highlands by D.J. Bennet and T.Strang. Scottish Mountaineering Club District Guidebook. Contents: Morvern to Glen Carron, Applecross to Caithness. Glossary of Gaelic Words, Index of Place Names. H.B. Which includes many illustrations. Published in 1990. 342 Pages. £10
157. The Islands of Scotland Including Skye by D.J. Fabian, G.E. Little & D.N. Williams. Scottish Mountaineering Club District Guide. Contents: Ailsa Craig to Ardnamurchan, The Island of Skye, Ardnamurchan to Shetland. H.B. With Illustrations. Published in 1989. 406 Pages. £12
158. Stanley Nairne -The Boys Club Pioneer by David Williamson. This booklet tells about a great Scotsman, Stanley Nairne, who many acknowledge as the founder of the Boys Club movement in Scotland. Booklet, Printed in 1990. 52 Pages. £6
159. Macrae’s Battalion. The Story of the 16th Royal Scots by Jack Alexander. Macrae’s Own was the ‘Heart of Midlothian Battalion’. Raised in Edinburgh shortly after the start of the Great War, it was perhaps the finest unit in Lord Kitchener’s volunteer army. H.B. With D/J Published in 2003. 12 Chapters, Postscript and Acknowledgements, Appendices, Notes, Select bibliography, Index. 320 Pages. £8
160. The Road to the Isles. Poetry, Lore and Tradition of the Hebrides by Kenneth Macleod. With an Introduction by Marjory Kennedy Fraser. Contents: The Road, Sea Moods, The Isles of Song, The Christ Child, Songs of Labour, The Death Croon, Columba and Iona, Ancient Pre Christian Heroic, Of the Clans, Sealwomen and Other Uncanny Folk, Love Songs, The Witchery, Which Makes a Harper. H.B. Originally Published in 1927, This Edition is from 1943. 248 Pages. £10
161. An Dileab. Gaelic Verse for Advanced Divisions and Intermediate Classes. Edited by James Thomson, Bayble, Lewis. P.B. Published in 1934. Second Edition. 47 Pages. £8
162. Children of Tempest. A Tale of the Outer Isles by Neil Munro. H.B. Originally Published in 1903, This edition is from 1936. 287 Pages. £8
163. Doom Castle A Romance by Neil Munro. H.B. Originally Published in 1901, this edition is from 1948. 314 Pages. £8
164. Fancy Farm by Neil Munro. H.B. With D/J. Originally Published in 1910, This edition is from 1949. 295 Pages. £8
165. Scotland and Poland. Historical Encounters, 1500-2010. Edited by T.M. Devine and David Hesse. A Collection of essays which explores more than five centuries of Scottish -Polish interactions. P.B. Published in 2011. 211 Pages. £8
166. Edinburgh University and Poland. An historical review. Edited by Wiktor Tomaszewski. H.B. 8 Chapters, Appendixes and gives a list of Polish graduates at the University of Edinburgh 1942-1949. Originally Published in 1968, this reprint is from 1969. 95 Pages and Includes Illustrations. Signed by the author. £12
167. Morvern Transformed. A Highland Parish in the Nineteenth Century by Philip Gaskell. This book is about social and economic change in a Highland Parish during the nineteenth century. 4 chapters and Appendices which includes Rentals, Properties, Ardtornish Papers, Dairies, Memories, Etc, Genealogical Tables of Macleod, Sellar and Smith. Includes many fine illustrations of people and properties in the area. H.B. With D/J Published in 1968. 241 Pages. £15
168. From My Rousay Schoolbag by Robert C. Marwick. A history of island’s schools including reminiscences by former pupils. P.B, 11 Chapters, Tables with lists of children in schools, School Rolls, list of school teachers. Includes Illustrations. Published in 1995. 85 Pages. £8
169. D.S. MacColl. Painter, poet, art critic by Maureen Borland. H.B. With D/J. The book is in five parts, includes illustrations, bibliography, notes and Index. Published in 1995. 358 Pages. £8
170. Culloden. The Archaeology of the last Clan Battle. Edited by Tony Pollard. 10 Chapters, with a list of Figures and Plates. H.B. With D/J Published in 2009. 278 Pages. A Presentation copy from the Editor and signed by him. £8
171. Tiny Islands. 60 Remarkable Little Worlds Around Britain by Dixie Wills. H.B. With D/J Covers Islands in England, Scotland and Wales. 320 Pages. Published in 2013. £8
172. The Intelligent Travellers Guide to Historic Scotland by Philip A. Crowl. Contents includes; Prehistoric Scotland, Roman and Dark Age, The Latter Middle Ages, Civil War, Restoration and Union, The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, Gazetteer. H.B. With D/J Published in 1986. 625 Pages. £8
173. The Ulster Awakening. An Account of the 1859 Revival in Ireland. By John Weir. Described as the finest account of the last great awakening in the British Isles and it is full of relevance for needs of the present time. P.B. This is a reprint from 2009. 262 Pages. £6
174. The Lauder Legacy. The Life and Times of George Lauder and Lauder College by Dominic J. Currie. P.B. Published in 1999. 17 Chapters, 4 Appendices. 204 Pages. £6
175. A Munroists Log by Irvine Butterfield & Jack Baines. Being a log in which to record ascents of those mountains in an extended list of 3000ft summits in the British Isles. H.B. With D/J Published in 1992. 238 Pages. £6
176. A Bibliography of the Works of Neil M. Gunn by CJL Stokoe. Contents: Preface, Chronology of Neil M. Gunn, Plays, Dramatisations and Film Scripts, Verse, Articles in Newspapers and Periodicals, Broadcast Material, Miscellaneous, Index. P.B. Published in 1987. 245 Pages. £8
177. Thy Own Soul Also or The Crisis of the Church by Rev Murdoch Campbell. P.B. 16 Chapters. Date of Printing Unknown. 71 Pages. £6
178. Island Heroes. The Military History of the Hebrides. The Proceedings of a Three day conference held in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis 11-13 August 2008. Speakers included; Frank Thompson, Andrew MacKillop, Nicholas Maclean-Bristol, Captain Roderick Mackinnon, Donald John Macleod, Malcolm Macdonald, Mike Hughes, John Davenport, Ken Watson, Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie. P.B. Published in 2010. 205 Pages. £8
179. Barrowland -A Glasgow Experience by Nuala Naughton. A history of the Barras market in Glasgow. P.B. Date of Printing Unknown. Includes Photographs. 112 Pages. £6
180. Neil Gunn’s Country. Essays in Celebration of Neil Gunn. Edited by Diarmid Gunn and Isobel Murray. 12 Chapters and Includes an Index of Neil Gunn’s works. H.B. With D/J Published in 1991. 176 Pages. £8
181. How Scotland is Owned by Robin Callander. Foreword by Andy Wightman. Contents: The Current System of Land Ownership, the Nature of Land Ownership, Public Rights in Land, The Ownership in Land, Land Tenure Reform. P.B. Published in 1998. 226 Pages. £6
182. Kenny’s Bairns by Marigold Stewart. A true story of eight children brought up on a seven and a half acre croft in the small hamlet of Sarclet, near Wick, Caithness. This is a book of a bygone age with thatched roofs, open peat fires, washing boards, box irons, oil Lamps, chamber pots, and no water or electricity. P.B. Published in 2011. 49 Chapters. 117 Pages. £6
183. Travels in the Western Hebrides from 1782 to 1790. By Rev John Lane Buchanan. Introduction by Dr Alasdair Maclean. P.B. Originally Published in 1793. This reprint is from 1997. 10 Chapters. 109 Pages. £8
184. A Gaelic Grammar including a chapter on Personal and Place Names by George Calder. This is a photolithographic reprint of the original edition, published in Glasgow 1923. P.B. Published in 1980. 351 Pages. £8
185. Puirt a Eilean Leodhais. Tunes from the Isle of Lewis. Composed by Ian Crichton. A collection of Scottish music for Accordion, Fiddle and Bagpipes. Book 3. Foreword by Robbie Shepherd. Section 1 has Box and Fiddle Tunes. Section 2 -Tunes in Bagpipe Notation. A4 Size Publication. Published in 1996. 32 Pages. £8
186. Puirt a Eilean Leodhais. Tunes from the Isle of Lewis. Composed by Ian Crichton. A collection of Scottish music for Accordion, Fiddle and Bagpipes. Book 4. Foreword by Fraser McGlyn. Section 1- Box and Fiddle Tunes, Section 2 Tunes in Bagpipe Notation. A4 Size Publication. Published in 1997. 32 Pages. £8
187. Original Tunes in Traditional Highland Style. Airson na Pioba,na fidhle agus a bhogsa. By Donnie (Leody) Macleod. 29 Tunes in all. A4 Size Publication with Ring Binding. Printed in 2005. 29 Pages. £8
188. Musical Taste. Taransay Fiddle Camp Tune and Recipe Book. Tunes and Recipes from the Taransay Fiddle Camp that was held on the island for a number of years. This book is a reminder of these camps. A4 Size Publication with ring binding. 22 Recipes and 13 Tunes. Date of Publication unknown. 31 Pages. £8
189. The Cornalari Wizard by Donald McKee. The concept and building of a Woods Design “Wizard”Catamaran by Donald McKee. This is the true story of one man’s dream. The Cornalari Wizard is written from the diary and the photo albums of the author. Ever had a dream? Donald did and he decided to build it. The Cornalari is a sailing catamaran that was hand built by Donald in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, with a little help from his friends and finally launched in 2000. A4 Size Publication Printed in 2007. 74 Pages. £8
190. Memoirs by JA Mackenzie. The story of a child growing up in Mallaig, Inverness Shire between the ages of ten and fourteen. The story is set in the years before WW2 and before the author and his family left Mallaig. A4 Publication, Date of Printing possibly mid 1990’s. This publication looks as if it was privately printed and maybe only a small number of copies were printed. 32 Pages. £12
191. Songs of the Isles . A collection of Island and Highland Tunes from Various Sources set to English (or to Anglo-Scottish) Words and Arranged by Hugh S. Robertson. A collection of Unison Songs and Two Part Songs. Booklet, Printed in 1950. 47 Pages. £10
192. Landscapes of Delight. In Poetry, Ballad and Song by James C. Morrison. James C Morrison is a native highlander and crofter, and lives in Achlyness, Kinlochbervie.This is his fourth publication. 34 songs are included in this publication.P.B Published in 2007. 41 Pages. £5
193. A Celebration of Scottish Writers and Writing. Writers Include Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Soutar, Norman MacCaig, Edwin Morgan and Liz Lochhead. A4 Size Publication with Ring Binding. Published in 2006. 114 Pages. £8
194. Comhairle Ionadail Tholastaidh Bho Thuath. North Tolsta Community Council. Cara Cuimhneachain. Memorial Cairn. In this booklet there are details of the names of the men who are displayed on the tablet and their Gaelic patronymics are at the end. A4 Size Publication. Date of Printing Not Known. 16 Pages. £8
195. In Our Own Backyard. A guide to Environmental projects for community groups in the Highlands & Islands. Researched, Edited and Written by Kenneth H McCulloch, Peter John Meynell and Frank W Rennie. A4 Size Publication.Printed in 1992. 59 Pages. £8
196. Air Mo Chuairt. Sgeulachd Beatha Ealasaid Chaimbeul. Clar Innse: Tus M’Oige, Fagail Bharraigh, Aig mo Chosnadh, Air as a Bhatarsaigh, An Deidh na Raimh A Shaoradh. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1982. A Chiad Foillseachadh. 89 Duilleag. £6
197. Scotland’s Shangri-la by Bee Jay. Another vivid account of Highland life in Wester Ross and Sutherland, and of the trials and tribulations the Highlanders have undergone in their wonderful Shangri-la country of unsurpassed scenic beauty, vastness and solitude. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 17 Chapters. 359 Pages. Signed by the Author. £10
198. Murdo Macleod Murchadh A’ Cheisteir. The Lewis Bard. Eilean an Fhraoich. H.B. Published in 1961. 1st Edition. Also gives a detailed history of Murdo Macleod “An Ceisteir”, Murdo Macleod “Murchadh a’ Cheisteir, Murchadh Am Bard, Murdo Macleod Headmaster. The other editions of this publication do not have this information. 18 Orain, 12 Laoidhean, 5 Orain le Iain a’ Cheisteir. H.B. Front and back covers show signs of dampness. 99 Pages. £10
199. Old Roads to Strathardle. By John Kerr. Reprinted from the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Volume LI. Booklet, Printed in 1981. 66 Pages. £6
200. Kintail Scrapbook by Brenda G. Macrow. With Photographs by Robert M. Adam. 16 Chapters and many Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1948. 186 Pages. £10
201. Tolsta Chaolais. The Steading By The Sound. The Emigration and Great Changes Which Shaped Life in an Outer Hebrides Village. Part I 1746-1846 by Christine Macdonald. A4 Size Publication with Ring Binding. Printed in 1996. 51 Pages. £15 (Scarce)
202. Reminiscences by John Macleod, Retired H.M. Inspector of Schools. 12 Chapters. Contents includes his time in Nova Scotia, University of Glasgow, Educational Work of the Churches, School Supply in Ross Shire, Educational State of Lewis, Education in Skye, Teachers in Moray, Anecdotes, King Edwar VII, thoughts on the way Education should be delivered, etc, etc. H.B. Printed in 1910. 192 Pages. £25
203. Para Handy’s Scotland. In The Wake of the Vital Spark by Stuart Donald. Contents: Para Handy’s Real World, Fact Meets Fiction, The Para Handy Stories, Appendices, Epilogue, The Stories. H.B. With D/J Published in 1994. 223 Pages. £6
204. The Gaelic Phono Grammar. A Conversation Grammar. For the use of Beginners by The Rev Alistair Maclean. To be used with a set of gramophone records spoken by Neil Maclean, and Published for the Proprieters by the Parlaphone Company Ltd. H.B. Published in 1932. 136 Pages. £15
205. The Gaelic of Islay. A Comparative Study by Seumas Grannd. A4 Size Publication. Printed in 2000. 147 Pages. £15
206. Pleasant Pictures by Rev Duncan Macdonald, M.A. Edited by His Wife. This book is a collection of articles that appeared in the Instructor magazine of the Free Church of Scotland in the three year’s before the author’s death in 1941. H.B. Published in 1941. 207 Pages. £8
207. Favourite Recipes From The Kitchens of Barvas and Brue. Contents: Soups, Main Courses, Sweets & Puddings, Baking, Jams, Chutneys and Sweets. A4 Size Publication, with Ring Binding. Date of Printing Unknown -but possibly circa 2000’s. £8
208. Scotland’s 100 Best Walks by Cameron McNeish. This book is a collection of the best 100 walks in Scotland, including mountain routes, coastal walks, island rambles, trails rich in historical significance and routes for both beginners and experienced walkers alike. H.B. With D/J Published in 1999. 240 Pages. £6
209. Hebridean Wind of Change. By Doreen Marchant. A booklet which covers issues such as tourism, crofting, weaving, fishing and other issues which the Hebrides have. Includes many photographs. Booklet, Printed in 1992. 28 Pages. £6
210. Aithris is Oideas. (Traditional Gaelic Rhymes and games) H.B. With D/J Published in 1964. 112 Pages. £8
211. The Life of Robert Dick by J.A. Williamson. Contents: Tullibody to Thurso, Dick Discovers Caithness, Fossils and Hugh Miller, Fame and Charles Peach, The End, In Memoriam. Booklet,Printed in 1967. 44 Pages. £8
212. The Clans Septs and Regiments of The Scottish Highlands by Frank Adam. Second Edition. 15 Chapters, Appendices and a list of Coloured Plates of Tartans. H.B. Published in 1924. 523 Pages. £25
213. The Green Isle of the Great Deep by Neil M. Gunn. H.B. Third Impression. Printed in 1955. 256 Pages. £8
214. Bardachd Leodhais. Air a Dheasachadh le Iain N. Macleoid. P.B. Originally Published in 1916, this reprint is from 1998. Includes a Chapter on old Lewis history. 321 Pages. £8
215. The Highland Clearances by John Prebble. 6 Chapters, Appendices and Plates. Originally Published in 1963. This H/B With D/J Is a Sixth Impression from October 1974. 352 Pages. £8
216. Thorough Guides. Scotland Part 2. The Northern Highlands. H.B. Date of Printing Unknown. 138 Pages plus a Map and adverts. £8
217. The Days of The Years of my Pilgrimage by GNM Collins. The autobiography of one of the most famous Scottish Churchmen of the Twentieth Century. Rev Professor Collins 1901-1989. P.B. Published in 1991. 156 Pages. £6
218. Everlasting Love. Devotional Sermons by Rev Murdoch Campbell. H.B. With D/J. Date of Publishing Unknown. 12 Sermons. 94 Pages. £6
219. The Real St Trinnean’s by C. Fraser Lee, M.A. With tributes to the School by Former Pupils. Contents: Retrospect, Our First Home: St Leonard’s House, Our Wartime Home: Gala House, Tributes from Former Pupils, Poems. H.B. Published in 1962. 1st Edition. 102 Pages. £10
220. New Kilpatrick Parish and Its Story by James McCardel. With an Introduction by John White. Second Edition. 22 Chapters and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1973. 143 Pages. £10
221. Gardiner’s Tweed Adventures. The Story of a tweed Mill 1945/1988 by Ian Jackson. The Story of Gardiner of Selkirk. P.B. Published in 1998. 25 Chapters. 228 Pages. £8
222. Why Patagonia by Greta Mackenzie. Retracing the steps of the many island people who sought employment on the vast sheep estancias of Patagonia and elsewhere throughout the South American continent in the early years of the Twentieth Century. P.B. Published in 1995. 108 Pages £6
223. Highland Harvester ‘Bearing Fruits in Fields & Families’ by George Mitchell. Peter Grant’s Life, Times and Legacy. The story of Peter Grant the well known Badenoch Poet and Preacher. P.B. 13 Chapters. Printed circa 2012. 150 Pages. £8
224. Eachdraidh Beatha Chriosd. The Life of Christ in the Words of the Scriptures. Arranged by the Rev John M’Rury. Minister of Snizort. 48 Caibidealan. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1893. 265 Duilleag. £25
225. The Soul of an Orkney Parish by Stuart D.B. Picken. Studies in the life and History of an Orkney Parish. 9 Chapters, Notes on Chapters 1 to 4. 5 Appendices. P.B. Published in 1972. 120 Pages. £10
226. Strath in Isle of Skye. By Rev DM. Lamont. Minister of Strath. Contents: Strath Under Forest, Earliest Inhabitants, A New Race, Early Social Life, The Druids, The Gospel from Iona, St Maelrubha, success of the Gospel, The Norsemen, The Strath of the Mackinnons, Home Life and Religion, Church History in Strath, Notable Visitors, The Bards of Strath, When our Old Folks Were Young, Appendix. This book was originally Published in 1913. This reprint is from 1984. 170 Pages. £20
227. Celtic Dialects Gaelic, Brythonic, Pictish and some Stirlingshire Place Names by T.D. Macdonald. Paper Read before the Gaelic Society of Stirling March 31st 1903. H.B. Published in 1903. 46 Pages. This book is very rare. £85
228. Picts, Gaels and Scots. Early Historic Scotland by Sally M. Foster. P.B. Published in 2014. 7 Chapters, Monuments and Museums to visit, Glossary, Further Reading, Index. 184 Pages. £6
229. Reminiscences of Islay by W.N. Blair. Booklet, Printed in 1983. 35 Pages. £6
230. The Clan Mackay by M.O. Macdougall. A Celtic Resistance to Feudal Superiority. Second Edition. Printed in 1963. Booklet, 32 Pages. £5
231. The Maxtones of Cultoquhey by E. Maxtone. Graham. Contents: The First Five Lairds of Cultoquhey, Scenes of Old Perthshire, First Family Letters, Mungo Maxtone, 10th Laird, Links With America, The Five Young Men, At Home and Abroad, Quiet Years, Days of Yesterday. 2 Appendices. Also included are 2 folding genealogical charts of the families. H.B. Published in 1935. 1st Edition. 240 Pages. £65
232. The Tay Salmon Fisheries Since the Eighteenth Century by Iain A. Robertson. 14 Chapters, appendices, Illustrations and Maps. Also included is an article at the history of salmon fishing on the River Tay from The Fishing News in January 1999. H.B. Printed in 1998. 463 Pages. £10
233. A Perthshire Preacher, Pastor, Poet. Selections from the Writings of the Rev Thomas Hardy D.D. Minister of Foulis Wester, Perthshire, 1852-1910. With Foreword by his Daughter. With Illustrations. Third Edition. Contents: Clachan Sermons, Character Sketches, Contributions to ‘City Sparrows’, Poetical Pieces. H.B. Published in 1913.255 Pages £20
234. Letters of John Ramsay of Ochtertyre. 1799-1812. Edited by Barbara L.H. Horn. Contents: Preface, Introduction, Letters of John Ramsey, Ramsay -Dundas Family Tree, Index, Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1966. 1st Edition. 346 Pages. £20
235. The Great Flood. A chronicle of the events and people of Perth and Kinross during the flood of January 1993. By Roger Smith. P.B. Published in 1993. 10 Chapters. 112 Pages. £8
236. Chronicles of Strathearn. With Illustrations by W.B. Macdougall. Cover Designed by A.L. Rankin. Contents: Memories of Gask, At the Head of Strathearn, On The Banks of the Devon, By the Well of St. Fillan, The Plain of the Bards, Between Strathallan and Strathearn, The Abbey of Inchaffray, A Southern Outpost on the edge of the Highlands, The Castle, Barony and Sheriffdom of Auchterarder, At The Gate of the Highlands. H.B. Published in 1896. 1st Edition. 400 Pages, Appendices and Illustrations. £35
237. Crieff Hydro 1868-1968 by Guy Christie. H.B. With D/J Published in 1967. 1st Edition. 17 Chapters and 2 Appendices. 184 Pages. £8
238. The Hydro of Yesteryear. Crieff Hydro Hotel. Established 1968. Compiled by Brian Wilton. A Cornucopia of Fascination & Delight celebrating One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Crieff Hydro Hotel. H.B. Published in 1993. 12 Chapters. 30 Pages. £10
239. The Highland Tay. From Tyndrum to Dunkeld. Illustrated by Drawings of A. Scott Rankin. By Hugh Macmillan. Contents: Strathfillan and Glendochart, Killin and Its Neighbourhood, Loch Tay, Kenmore and Taymouth Castle, Aberfeldy and its Neighbourhood, Strath Tay, Dunkeld. H.B 58 Plates. In its Original Boards. 170 Pages. £35
240. Victorian & Edwardian Photographs From Rare Photographs. Foreword by The Rt Hon The Earl of Perth,PC. By Raymond Lamont Brown and Peter Adamson. Twelve Chapters. H.B. Published in 1985. 172 Photographs in total. H.B. With D/J. £12
241. Guide to the city and County of Perth. Morison’s Perthshire Guide. H.B. Fully Rebound. Includes Maps, Plans and Engravings. Date of Publishing seems to be circa 1810- 1820’s. 141 Pages. 1st Edition. £125
242. The Way We Were by John Hannavy. Victorian and Edwardian Scotland in Colour. This is the author’s reflective look at how Scotland was depicted in photographs and postcards 100-170 years ago. P.B. 19 Chapters and an Index. 146 Pages. £8
243. Leslie’s Directory Perth and Perthshire. 1911-1912. Contents Includes: Municipal Ward Boundaries and Their Council Representatives, Streets, Lanes, Entries, Municipal Lists, Judicial & Banking Lists, Sporting Lists, etc, etc. H.B. 503 Pages. £25
244. The Cabinet Album Views of Perthshire. A Selections of Photographs some going back nearly a hundred years. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown. £25
245. Perthshire in Bygone Days. One Hundred Biographical Essays by P.R. Drummond. Contents: Personal Recollections of Perthshire Men, Personal Recollections of Perthshire Poets, Perthshire Songs by Perthshire Men, Perthshire Songs and Their Authors, Perthshire Ballads, The Perthshire Drummond Ballads. H.B. Published in 1879. 628 Pages. £85
246. Recreations of an Antiquary in Perthshire History and Genealogy by Robert Scott Fittis. 17 Chapters and an Appendix. H.B. Published in 1881. 1st Edition. 548 Pages. £85
247. Sketches of the Olden Times in Perthshire by Robert Scott Fittis. 21 Chapters ,Appendix and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1878. 1st Edition. 549 Pages. £85
248. Perthshire in History and Legend by Archie McKerrachar. 8 Chapters and an Index. This book explores some of the remarkable stories of this ancient land, many of them for the first time. P.B. Published in 1988. 211 Pages. £8
249. General View of the Agriculture in the County of Perth with Observations on the Means of its Improvements by James Robertson DD. Minister at Callander in the County of Perth. Drawn up for the Consideration of The Board of Agriculture Internal Improvement. Contents: Preface, Introduction, A Table of Weights and Measures, Preliminary Observations, Geographical State and Circumstances, Houses of Proprietors, Implements, Village Cottages, Inclosing, Fences, Gates, Arable Lands, Harvesting, Grass, Gardens and Orchards, Wastes, Improvements, Live Stock, Rural Economy, Political Economy, As Connected with or Affecting Agriculture, Obstacles to Improvements, Miscellaneous Observations, and Appendixes. 575 Pages. H.B. Published in 1799. £250
250. The Perthshire Antiquarian Miscellany by Robert S. Fittis. H.B. 22 Chapters. Published in 1875. Fully Rebound. 634 Pages. £35
251. Illustrations of The History and Antiquities of Perthshire by Robert S. Fittis. H.B. Published in 1874. 15 Chapters. 455 Pages. Fully Rebound. £35
252. Sketches of Perthshire by the Rev P. Graham, D.D. The Second Edition. 27 Chapters. H.B, Published in 1812. 278 Pages. £125
253. A Book of Perthshire Memorabilia by Robert Scott Fittis. H.B. Published in 1879. 22 Chapters. 567 Pages. £125
254. Holidays in the Perthshire Highlands by John Macintosh. Most of the papers in this book have previously appeared in the Perthshire Advertiser. They are memos of holidays among the Highland Hills -light hearted, morning humours, noonday dreams -happy days on the whole, though sometimes tinged at eve with native, Celtic sadness as the dying sun of Gaeldom seemed to sink behind the Bens, never to rise again. H.B. Date of Printing Unknown. 12 Chapters. 139 Pages. £15
255. Woods, Forests and Estates of Perthshire with Sketches of the Principal Families in the County by Thomas Hunter. 42 Chapters, Illustrations and an Index to Old and Notable Names. H.B. Published in 1883. 563 Pages. £85
256. Historical & Traditionary Gleanings concerning Perthshire by Robert Scott Fittis. H.B. 25 Chapters, Fully Rebound. Published in 1876. 521 Pages. £45
257. Cambridge County Geographies -Perthshire by Peter MacNair. With Maps, Diagrams and Illustrations. H.B. 23 Chapters. Published in 1912. 180 Pages. £20
258. The Shire Series. Edited by A.H. Millar. Picturesque Perthshire by J.E. Steggall. H.B. 53 Chapters and Illustrations. 174 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £20
259. The Episcopal History of Perth 1689-1894 by Rev Geo T.S. Farquhar. Contents: Preface, Disestablishment and Disendowment, Penal Laws and Divisions, Repeal and Exhaustion, Revival. H.B. Published in 1894. 420 Pages. £65
260. Ecclesiastical Annals of Perth to the Period of the Reformation by Robert Scott Fittis. Contents: General History, Religious Houses, Chapels and Altars, Appendix and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1885. 334 Pages. £65
261. The Origins of Perth A Medieval Royal Burgh by David Bowler. Contents: Before the Burgh, The Burgh, Landmarks in the Medieval Burgh, Life in the Burgh, The Friaries and Nunneries, The Reformation. Booklet, Printed in 2006. 32 Pages. £5
262. Heroines of Scotland by Robert Scott Fittis. 14 Heroines are profiled in this book from Isobel, Countess of Buchan, Black Agnes of Dunbar, Janet Douglas, Lady Glammis, Lilliard of Ancrum, Fair Helen of Kirkconnel, Fair Helen of Ardoch, The Ladies Ogilvie of Airlie, etc, etc. H.B. Published in 1889. 327 Pages. £35
263. Sports and Pastimes of Scotland. Historically Illustrated by Robert Scott Fittis. Contents: The Old Scottish Wild Cattle, The Wolves, The Deer Forest and the Grouse Moor, Fox Hunting, The Salmon River, The Race Course, Archery, Football, Golf, The Revels of Fastren’s E’en, The Rustic Sports of Lammas, The Highland Games, Curling, Miscellaneous, Bowls, Riding at the Ring and Running at the Glove, Catch Ball, The Kiles, Cricket. H.B. Published in 1891. 212 Pages. £125
264. Perth The Fair City by David Graham Campbell. P.B. 10 Chapters. Published in 1994. 163 Pages. £5
265. Perth & Kinross an illustrated architectural guide by Nick Haynes. P.B. Published in 2000. 240 Pages. £6
266. A History of St John’s Kirk Perth by W.Douglas Simpson. H.B. Published in 1958, Includes Illustrations. 42 Pages. £15
267. City of Perth Conservation Areas. By Wm. J.S. Murray. Booklet, Printed possibly in the 1970’s. 15 Pages and includes Maps. £8
268. The Muses Threnodie or Mirthful Mournings on the Death of Mr Gall. Containing variety of pleafant Poetical Defecriptions, Moral Inftructions, Hiftorical Narrations, and Divine Obfervations, with the moft remarkable Antiquities of Scotland, efpecially of PERTH. By Mr H. Adamson. Printed at Edinburgh in King James College By George Anderfon, 1638. To this new Edition are added explanatory Notes and Obfervations: King James’s Charter of Confirmation: An Account of Gowrie’s Confpiracy: A Lift of the Magiftrates of Perth, with Notes: A Lift of the Subfcribers of a free Gift for building the new Bridge; And, an Account of the two remarkable Inundations which endangered the town of Perth in 1210 and 1621&c. Compiled from Authentic Records by James Cant. H.B. Two Volumes in 1. Published in 1774. Fully Rebound. 461 Pages. £85
269. Dirt, Dust and Development. 50 Years of Perthshire Archaeology. Papers given to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Archaeological & Historical Section Perthshire Society of Natural Science. 6 Papers delivered by 6 different speakers. Includes Illustrations and Maps. P.B. Published in 2000. 84 Pages. £8
270. Traditions of Perth. Containing Sketches of The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants and Notices of Public Occurrences During the Last Century: Interesting Extracts from Old Records. Notices of the Neighbouring Localities of Historical Interest: Topographical Sketch of the County. Brief History of Perth, &c By George Penny. H.B. Published in 1836. 235 Pages and Map. £200 (Scarce)
271. Historical Sketch of the Perth Cricket Club (The Premier Club of Scotland) From Its Origin in 1826-27 Till 1879. By William Sievwright. With Introductory by John Thomas Esq, Ex Captain of the Club. Contents includes; Origins of the Club, First Match on Record, Early matches, Great Matches Played at North Inch, High Totals, Short Scores, Top Scorers in the P.C.C. Matches from 1831 to 1879, Appendix – Rules of Perthshire Cricket Club. H.B. Published in 1880. 118 Pages. £85
272. Songs of St. Johnston by Alexander M’Leish. 107 Songs in Total. H.B. Published in 1899. 112 Pages. £85
273. Through a Glass Brightly. The Windows of St John’s Kirk, Perth. This booklet was originally Printed in 1967. This newly updated edition is from 2000. 24 Pages. £6
274. Know Your Perth. A Unique Guide to Perth -from the pages of the Perthshire Advertiser Volume One. Drawings by Arthur Ingham. Text by J.E. Macmillan. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 52 Pages. Included is a copy of the obituary that appeared in the Perthshire Advertiser after the death of J.E. Macmillan in 1993. £8
275. The Society of High Constables of The City of Perth. A History. Researched and Compiled by Mr J.E. Macmillan. Edited by Ex -Moderator C.Roger P.Ward. 7 Chapters, 5 Appendices. H.B. Published in 1992. H.B. With D/J. 55 Pages. £10
276. Perth Its Weavers and Weaving and The Weaver Incorporation of Perth by Peter Baxter. Contents Includes: Survey of Ancient Weaving: the days of “Purple and Fine Linen” in Palestine; the Silk Industry in London; the Spread of the Art of weaving in Great Britain, Scotland and Perth; Handloom and Powerloom Weaving in Perth, Early Manufacturing Firms and their Coming, Old Time Restrictions on Weaving in Perth, etc, etc. H.B. Published in 1936. 248 Pages. £35
277. The Clan Battle At Perth in 1396: An Episode Of Highland History; With An Enquiry Into Its Causes And an Attempt To Identify The Clans Engaged In It. By Alexander Macintosh Shaw. Printed for Private Circulation in 1874. 15 Chapters and an Appendix. Booklet, 56 Pages. £45 (Scarce)
278. Moving Ahead. A look at an old established Perth Business. The story of the Macdonald Fraser Auction Mart in Perth. Contents: Three Generations, Sites Then and now, Around Caledonian Road, Animals on the Move, Two Travellers Tales -By Sea to Argentina -By Air to China, Marts Then and Now “Folk “At The Mart, Final Bull Sale at Caledonian Road. Booklet, Printed circa 1991. 32 Pages. £6
279. The Shoemaker Incorporation of Perth 1545 to 1927. Compiled and Annotated by Peter Baxter. Contents Includes; Minutes from 1545-1829, The Reform Bill Period, The Odds and Ends, The Present Day, Up to Date. H.B. Published in 1927. 224 Pages. £35
280. A History of St John’s Kirk Perth by Richard Fawcett. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1987, this Reprint is from 2000. Booklet, 32 Pages. £6
281. Know Your Perth. Volume Two. Drawings: Arthur Ingham.Text: J.E. Macmillan. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 56 Pages. £8
282. Scone Palace Scotland. The Home of the Earls of Mansfield. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown but possibly late 1990’s. 20 Pages which Includes Colour Photographs. £8
283. Perth City & County. 50 Photographic Views. With Descriptive Notes. H.B. 21 Pages. £12 Date of Printing Unknown.
284. The Pictorial History of Perth. With Superb Plates and Inaccurate Descriptions by James Cant. Being No 1a of the Publications of the Association for the Diffusion of Useless Knowledge, and for the Confusion of Middle Aged Ignorance. Bizarre Edition. H.B Published in 1906. 41 Pages. £25
285. Wheels Around Perth by Alan Brotchie. P.B. 49 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £6
286. Perth -the archaeology of the medieval town. Produced by the Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust Ltd. P.B. 28 Pages. Printed in 1984. £6
287. Reflections of Old Perth. A selection of old Perth Photographs which are stored in the Perth Museum and Art Gallery. P.B. Published in 1979. 44 Pages. £8
288. Perth A Short History by Marion L. Slavert. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1981, this reprint is from 1991. 68 Pages. £6
289. Stories From Perth’s History by Lachlan D. Buchanan. P.B. 25 Stories. Published in 1978. 96 Pages. £5
290. Diaries of a Dying Man. William Soutar. Edited by Alexander Scott. Contents: Preface, Introduction, Diaries for the Years 1930-1943, Notes, Index of Names. H.B. With D.J Originally Published in 1954, this reprint is from 1988. 214 Pages. £6
291. The Order of Release. The Story of John Ruskin, Effie Gray and John Everett Millais. Told for the first time in their Unpublished letters Edited by Admiral Sir William James. H.B. 16 Chapters. Published in 1947. 1st Edition. 264 Pages and Illustrations> 1st Edition. £15
292. S.W.R.I. Aberdeenshire Federation. Diamond Jubilee 1930-1990. Cookery Book. Contents Include: Starters, Soups, Fish, Meat Courses, Poultry, Vegetables and salads, Baking, Preserves, Drinks, Index of Recipes. Booklet, Printed in 1990. 142 Pages. £8
293. St Kilda Summer by Kenneth Williamson & J. Morton Boyd. Preface by E.M. Nicholson. H.B. With D/J Published in 1960. 20 Chapters, Appendices and Illustrations. 1st Edition. 224 Pages. £10
294. Aspects of the Religious History of Lewis Up to the Disruption of 1843. By Rev. Murdo Macaualy. The most comprehensive history ever written about the religious history of the island of Lewis up to the Disruption. 44 Chapters and an Index. P.B. Published in the mid 1980’s. 227 Pages. £8
295. The Silent Weaver. The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus Macphee by Roger Hutchinson. Angus Macphee originally from South Uist, spent fifty years as a patient in Craig Dunain Hospital in Inverness. Over these years the quiet big man spent his time creating a huge number of objects -including clothes, footwear, horses, bridles, caps and hats -out of woven grass, sheep’s wool, meadow flowers and beech leaves. Roger Hutchinson traces the life of this remarkable man in this rich, moving and enthralling exploration of mental health, the creative process, human fraility and ancient traditions. P.B. Published in 2011. 177 Pages. £6
296. Old Orkney Sea Yarns. (Stronsay Volume 2) By W.M. Gibson. 10 Chapters and 10 Appendixes. P.B. Published in 1986. 71 Pages. £6
297. Deeside by Alex Inkson McConnochie. With a new Introduction by Donald J. Withrington. Aberdeenshire Classics. Republished from the Second Edition published in 1895.H.B. With D/J Published in 1985. 14 Chapters, Distance Tables, Population, Churches, Banks and Schools, Index. 157 Pages. £6
298. The Lewis Land Struggle. Na Gaisgich by Joni Buchanan. This book recounts four of the crucial encounters starting with the Bernera Riot in 1874 and concluding with the classic conflict between Lord Leverhulme and the returning ex servicemen in Coll and Gress. Contents: Foreword, Notes and References, The Park Deer Raid, Aiginish 1888, Coll and Gress ,In The Wider Struggles, Selected Songs and Poems. Includes Illustrations and 4 Gaelic articles by different writers on Pairc, Aiginish, Bernera, Upper Coll and Gress. P,B. Published in 1996, this reprint is from 1998. 209 Pages. £8
299. Sheol Mi’n Uiridh. Orain mun t-Seoladh. Deasaichte le Mairi Nic a’ Ghobhainn. Bardachd a chaidh a sgriobhadh thairis air iomadh bliadhna le bard bho air feadh na h-Eileanan an Iar. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 2009. 141 Duilleag. £6
300. Tomintoul. It’s Glens and Its People by Victor Gaffney. With Photographs and Plans. Contents: Tomintoul, Strathavon. The Avon: Tomintoul to Inchrory, The Avon: Inchory to Loch Avon, The Avon: Tomintoul to Drumin, Conglass and Chabet. Booklet, Printed in 1970. 64 Pages. £8
301. An Account of the Kirk of Boleskine. With Some Historical Notes on the Parish. By Alan Lawson. A Booklet published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the present Boleskine Church. Booklet, Printed in 1978. 16 Pages. £6
302. From Loch Ness to The Aird. Local History and Archaeology Guide No 2 by Edward Meldrum. Booklet, Printed in 1978. 32 Pages. £6
303. The Black Isle. Local History and Archaeology Guidebook No 3 by Edward Meldrum. Booklet, Printed in 1979. 32 Pages. £6
304. The Parallel Roads of Glen Goy. A Nature Conservancy Council Publication. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. Includes Maps. 8 Pages. £6
305. From the Nairn to Loch Ness. Local History and Archaeology Guidebook No3 by Edward Meldrum. Booklet, Printed in 1973. 32 Pages. £6
306. The Black Isle. A Portrait of the Past by Elizabeth Marshall. Booklet, Printed in 1973. 79 Pages. £6
307. Ross & Cromarty. An Illustrated Architectural Guide by Elizabeth Beaton. P.B. Published in 1992. 108 Pages. £6
308. The Fossil Fishes of the North of Scotland by J. Saxon. Booklet, Originally Printed in 1967, this second edition is from September 1975. 49 Pages. £6
309. Craig Phadraig. University of Dundee Department of Geography. Occasional Papers No.1. Interim Report on 1971 Excavation by Alan Small and M. Barry Cottam with contributions by R.B.K. Stevenson and Michael Clegg. Booklet, Printed in 1972. 57 Pages. £8
310. Old Buildings of Inverness by William Glashan. Contents: Foreword, List of Illustrations, Introductions, Buildings Still Standing, Buildings Now Demolished, References. Booklet, Printed in 1978. 24 Pages. £5
311. Lost Country Houses of Perthshire (c.1860-c.1960) by David and Ian Robertson. Booklet, Printed in 2017. 34 Pages. £6
312. Traditions of Perth by George Penny -1836. Introduction by Anthony Cooke. Containing Sketches of the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, and Notices of Public Occurrences, During the Last Century: Interesting Extracts from Old Records: Notices of the Neighbouring Localities of Historical Interest: Topographical Sketches of the County; Brief History of Perth, &c. A facsimilie copy of the original book published in 1836. This edition was published in 1986. 335 Pages. £20
313. Lost Perthshire by Ann Lindsay. 8 Chapters, Bibliography and Sources, Index. Contains Illustrations. P.B. Published in 2011. 212 Pages. £8
314. Lost Perth by Jeremy Duncan. P.B. Which includes nearly 100 Photographs and Engravings. Published in 2011. 230 Pages. £8
315. Highland Perthshire. Written and Photographed by Duncan Fraser. H.B. With D/J Published in 1969. 139 Pages. £12
316. The History of the Perthshire & Kinross -Shire Constabularies by Willie MacFarlane. P.B. Published in 2011. 71 Pages. £8
317. Enjoying Perthshire by Campbell Steven. Poems by Kenneth C. Steven. P.B. Published in 1994. 7 Chapters. 99 Pages. £6
318. The Cistercian Abbey of Coupar Angus and its place in Scottish History by Margaret Laing. Illustrated by Rhona Kirkpatrick. P.B. Published circa 1998. 52 Pages. £6
319. Charters of the Abbey of Coupar Angus Vol II Charters CXIX to CCCX 1389-1608. Transcribed and Edited by D.E. Easson. Contents: Additional Note on the Method of Editing, Charters of the Abbey of Coupar Angus: Charters CXIX to CCCX (1389-1608), Abstract of Later Coupar Charters, Appendices -References to Coupar Angus in Printed Sources, The Abbots of Coupar, Additional References to the Abbey of Coupar, Index. H.B. Published in 1947. 366 Pages. £25
320. The House of Airlie by The Reverend William Wilson. Vol II. With Portrait and Illustrations. 6 Chapters, Postscript, 2 Appendixes and Index. H.B. Published in 1924. 337 Pages. £35
321. Charters of the Abbey of Coupar Angus Vol I charters I to CXVIII 1166-1376. Transcribed and Edited by D.E. Easson. Contents: Preface, Note on the Method of Editing, References and Abbreviations, Introduction, Charters of the Abbey of Coupar Angus: Charters I to CXVIII (1166-1376) H.B. Published in 1947. 252 Pages. £25
322. Perth Its Annals and its Archives by David Peacock, Master of King James The Sixth’s Hospital Perth. H.B. Published in 1849, Includes Engravings. Also Included is a Map of the Railways Around Perth. 632 Pages. £85
323. The Historians of Perth and other Local and Topographical Writers, Up to the End of the Nineteenth Century by D.Crawford Smith. Contents: Preface, List of Illustrations, Introduction, Historical Sketch of the City of Perth, Historical Sketch of the City of Perth, Account of the Lives and an Estimate of the Works of -Henry Adamson, James Cant, Rev James Scott, The Morisons, George Penny, Rev John Parker Lawson, Thomas Hay Marshall, David Peacock, P.R Drummond, William Sievwright, Rev William Marshall, Thomas Hunter, Robert Scott Fittis, Colin A. Hunt, Rev Robert Milne, Rev Geo T.S. Farquhar,Peter Baxter, James Bridges, Francis Buchanan W. White. H.B. Published in 1906 232 Pages. £45
324. Meigle Past and Present by A. Mackay. A Photocopy of the Book originally published in 1877. In Booklet form. 104 Pages. £15
325. Auld Perth. Being the Book of the Faire in Aid of the City and County Conservative Club. With a Bibliography. 10 Chapters by ten Different Writers. Includes 4 Plates. H.B. Published in 1906. 171 Pages. £45
326. Perthshire Murders by Geoff Holder. P.B. Published in 2010. 12 Chapters, Bibliography, Acknowledgements and an Index. 126 Pages. £8
327. Perth and Kinross The Big County by Jeremy Duncan. P.B. Published in 1997. 12 Chapters, Select Bibliography and Index. 272 Pages. £8
328. The Scottish Town in the Age of the Enlightment 1740-1820 by Bob Harris and Charles McKean. Contents: List of Illustrations, List of Tables, List of Abbreviations, Preface, Town and Improvement, Society and Culture, Conclusion, Appendix: Improvement Profiles, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 2014. 604 Pages. £10
329. Arbuthnott House near Laurencekirk Kincardineshire. Pamphlet. Date of Printing Unknown. 8 Pages. £5
330. Glamis Castle. Its Origin and History With a brief Account of the Early Church of the Parish by The Reverend John Stirton. With Illustrations From Photographs and Drawings. Contents: Glamis Castle, The Early Church of Glamis, Appendices, List of Subcribers. H.B. Published in 1938. 183 Pages. £45
331. The Threiplands of Fingask. A Family Memoir. Written in 1853 by Robert Chambers. Contents: The Threiplands of Fingask, Life in a Scottish Country Mansion, Two Days on the Moors of Perthshire, Appendix, Index. H.B. Published in 1880. 128 Pages. £45
332. The Story of Errol Station by John Beech. Booklet, Printed in 1993. 63 Pages. £6
333. Scott’s View From The Wicks of Baiglie. The Roads and The Viewpoint by J.W. Jack. With Maps and Illustrations. Contents: Preface, The Roads From Kinross Over the Ochils, The Viewpoint and the View, Not on the “Wicks of Baiglie Road”, The Alteration of the Road, Not from the Moncreiffe Slope, Index and Illustrations. P.B. Published in 1933. 62 Pages. £20
334. Dunbarney A Parish with a Past by J.W. & R.E. Smith. P.B. 8 Chapters, Published in 1985. 80 Pages. £8
335. St.Martins and Cambusmichael. A Parochial Retrospect by Alexander Scott. Illustrated by D. Scott Murray. Contents: Introduction, The Parish -A General Survey, Lands and Heritages, Antiquities, The Parish Churches and Ministers, A Laird of the Olden Days, Fragmentary. H.B. Published in 1911. 99 Pages. £35
336. Highways and Byways of Strathmore and the Northern Glens by John S. Ramsay. 27 Chapters, Tables of Distances, Maps and Illustrations. H.B. Published in 1927. 139 Pages. £30
337. Our Meigle Book. A history of the Village, which includes monuments, churches, school, ancient customs, cures, games etc 18 Chapters. P.B. Published in 1932. 175 Pages . £20
338. The Lairds of Arbuthnott by Christy Bing. P.B. Published in 1993. 10 Chapters, Epilogue. Signed by the Author. 128 Pages. £6
339. A Scots Quair. A trilogy including ‘Sunset Song’ by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. A trilogy of Novels: Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite. With a Foreword by Ivor Brown. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1946. This Tenth Impression is from 1971. 496 Pages. £6
340. The House of Airlie by The Reverend William Wilson. Vol 1. With Portrait and Illustrations. The book is in three parts. H.B. Published in 1924. 298 Pages. £35
341. The Fair Land of Gowrie by Lawrence Melville. With a foreword by Lord Kinnaird of Rossie Priory. With Thirty One Illustrations and a Map. 18 Chapters, Appendices and Illustrations. H.B. With D/J Originally Printed in 1939, this reprint is from 1975. 240 Pages. £15
342. Errol Its Legends, Lands and People by Lawrence Melville. 29 Chapters and Appendices and Illustrations. H.B. With D/J originally Published in 1935, this copy is one of a limited edition printed facsimilie in June 1985. 201 Pages. £15
343. In The Highlands by Seton Gordon. With 26 Illustrations from Photographs by the Author, and a Foreword by Sir Robert Bruce. Foreword, 12 Chapters and an Index. H.B. Published in 1931. 1st Edition. Bottom of spine missing. 150 Pages. £10
344. Notes on The Folk Lore of the North East of Scotland by the Reverend Walter Gregor. 28 Chapters, Glossary and Index. H.B. Published in 1881. 238 Pages. £20
345. Lays and Legends of the North And Other Poems and Songs Humorous and Grave Original and Translated by David Grant. Contents: Lays and Legends of the North, Songs, Translations and Pharaphrases. H.B. Published in 1884. 280 Pages. £15
346. St. Machar’s Cathedral. The Cathedral Church of St. Machar, Old Aberdeen. The text has been prepared by the Minister of the Cathedral. The Rev A. Stewart Todd. Booklet, 16 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £6
347. Inverness Local History and Archaeology Guidebook No 4 by Edward Meldrum. Booklet, Printed in 1982. 52 Pages. £6
348. The Hero of Buzancy. Angus Macmillan 1886-1961 By His Son Kenneth. The brief record of the life of Angus Macmillan is based on pocket diaries kept from August 1915 to March 1919, from the manuscripts of three lectures given in 1935, from what were called ‘occasional notes’ and from the author’s memories of his father. A4 Size Publication, Published circa mid 1990’s 69 Pages and 17 Appendices. £10
349. The Gaelic Source of the Bronte Genius by Cathal O’ Byrne. H.B. Published in 1933 and Includes Illustrations. 45 Pages. £8
350. Old Inverness in Pictures. H.B. With D/J Published in 1978. 222 Pictures and also gives a list of subscribers to the book. £8
351. The Spey. From Source to Sea By Donald Barr & Brian Barr. Contents: Acknowledgements, Preface, Introduction, Leaps, Bounders and Kilts, Hooks and Hooligans, Shinty and Scallywags, Ospreys and a Plethora of Bridges, Battles and Boulders, Shortbread and Drams, Soup, Salmon and Fiddles, Ships, Picts and the Sea, six Appendices. P.B. Published in 2009, 127 Pages. £6
352. Seeds of Bloods and Beauty. Scottish Plant Explorers by Ann Lindsay. Contents: Philip Miller, William Forsyth, William Aiton, Francis Masson, William Wright, John Fraser, Archibald Menzies, George Don, George Don Junior, David Douglas, Thomas Drummond, John Jeffrey, David Lyall, Thomas Thomson, Robert Fortune. P.B. Originally Published in 2004, this reprint is from 2008. 321 Pages. £5
353. Highways and Byways in Mull by D.A. Macnab. 100 items described in detail, all shown on five road maps with mileages, numbered cross references between maps and text, facts and folklore, covers the whole of Mull, Sketches by the author. Booklet, Date of Printing late 1970’s or early 1980’s. 52 Pages. £6
354. Scottish Reminiscences by Sir Archibald Geikle. H.B. Fifteen Chapters. H.B. Published in 1904. 447 Pages. £15
355. Scottish Clan Tartans. Families and Regimentals. 90 Tartans are featured in this book. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown. It also contains a photograph of all the tartans featured in the book. Front Board and Spine have been slightly torn. Contents are in good condition. £15
356. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology by James MacKillop. This accessible new work explores the whole of Celtic mythology, legend, saga and folklore. H.B. With D/J Published in 1998. 7 Chapters. 402 Pages. £10
357. An Aghaidh Choimheach le Iain Moireach. P.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1973. 12 sgeulachd goirid. 122 Duilleag. £6
358. A Day in the Real World. Ten short stories from the edge of society by Elkie Kammer. P.B. Published in 2013 and signed by the author. 88 Pages. £5
359. Montrose by John Buchan. This is a story which tells s a great deal about the Scotland of those days. It is an exciting tale about a great man and his turbulent times -well told. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1928, this reprint is from 1979. Contents: Introductory, Book I -Preparation, Book II -Action, Book III -Passion, and two Appendixes. 419 Pages. £8
360. Charles I and the Making of the Covenanting Movement 1625-1641 by Allan I. Macinnes. H.B With D/J Published in 1991. 8 Chapters, Bibliography and Index. 228 Pages. £10
361. The Healing Wells of the Western Isles by Finlay Macleod. Contents: Introduction, The Well, Map, Wells, Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra, St Kilda, Bibliography, Notes. P.B. Published in 2000. 84 Pages. £6
362. An Stor Data Briathrachais Gaidhlig. The Gaelic Terminology Database. Volume 1. P.B. Published in 1993. Which has over 30,000 English head words and over 93,000 Gaelic equivalents. 631 Pages. £10
363. Tommy’s Honour. The Extraordinary Story of Golf’s Founding Father and Son by Kevin Cook. The story of Golf’s first father and son story -Old Tom Morris and Young Tom. P.B. Originally Published in 2007, this P.B. Edition is from 2008. 13 Chapters, Epilogue, Acknowledgements, Picture Credits. 356 Pages. £5
364. A Bird Watcher in the Isle of Harris. Notes and Records 1954 -1963 & 1970-1995 by Geoffrey D Wilkinson. Contents: Section I Borve Lodge 1954-1963, Section 2 Laxdale Cottage 1970-1995, Appendix 1 Personald Check List, Appendix 2 migrants -Arrival Dates, Appendix 3 Birding Diary for a Week in Lewis and Harris October 1999. Booklet, Printed in 2002. Signed by the Author, and also includes two letters to friends signed by the author. 40 Pages. £8
365. Playing for the Red Jersey. A History of Point Football Club 1934-2014 by Matthew M. Maciver. A History of one of the most successful amateur football clubs in the Western Isles. Contents: Acknowledgements, Introduction, Foreword, Point FC Timeline, The Beginnings 1919-1933, The Foundations 1934-1939, The Post War World, 1945-1960, Rebuilding for the Future the 1960’s, The Move to Knock The Process, The Move to Knock The Effects, Wider Horizons -Triumph in the Highland Amateur Cup, The Modern Era -The Challenges, Conclusion -Voices from the Club, References, 4 Appendixes. P.B. Published in 2014. 96 Pages. £8
366. Callanish -A guide to the Standing Stones and the Callanish Complex by Hellmuth M Schulz and Beatrice M. Schulz. Booklet, Originally Published in 1983. This photocopied revised edition is from 1986. Contents: Introduction, Callanish, Appendices. 40 Pages. £6
367. Calanais -The Standing Stones by Patrick Ashmore. P.B. 8 Chapters. Published in 1995. 52 Pages. £6
368. The Lost Pibroch and other Sheiling Stories by Neil Munro. H.B. 11 Chapters and a Gaelic Glossary. Published in 1932. 285 Pages. £8
369. The Western Isles: Their History, Traditions and Place names by W.C. Mackenzie. Contents: Historical Sketch of the Western Isles -The Norse Period, The Celtic Period, The Modern Period, Traditions of the Western Isles: The Macaulay’s, The Macleod’s, Stories Relating to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, A Group of Stories, Humorous and Otherwise, Ossianic Tales, Place Names of the Western Isles, Indexes. H.B. Published in 1932. 1st Edition. 351 Pages. £45
370. Tarbert Lochfyne. The Story of the Fishermen by Ronnie Johnson and Ann Thomas. Booklet, Printed in 1980. 41 Pages. £6
371. Historical Tales and Legends of Ayrshire by William Robertson. H.B. 28 Chapters. Published in 1898. Top of the Spine is torn. 357 Pages. £25
372. The Scottish Clans and Tartans. With Notes, Library Edition. H.B. Date of Publishing Unknown. £15
373. Teagasg Nan Cosamhlachdan Leis An Urramach Domhnull Iain Martainn (nach maireann) Air a Dheasachadh leis An Urramach Calum Macillinnein. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1914. 17 Searmonan. Tha cunntas beatha ann cuideachd Leis an Urramach Mr Mac an Rothaich. 197 Duilleag. £20
374. The Rise of the Stewarts by Agnes Mure Mackenzie. H.B. Published in 1935. 12 Chapters, Bibliography, Index and a list of Genealogies. 395 Pages. £15
375. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland by Robert Bain. Foreword by His Grace The Duke of Montrose. Contents: Foreword, Clan Septs and Dependants, Personal Names in English and Gaelic, The Dress of the Highlander, The Scottish Clans, Glossary of Scottish Place Names, Interesting Dates in Scottish and Clan History, Clan Map of Scotland, The Clan and tartans of Scotland. H.B. Originally Published in 1938. This reprint is from August 1950. 316 Pages. £10
376. An Cathadh Mor. The Great Snowbattle by Aonghas MacNeacail and Simon Fraser. Poems by Aonghas MacNeacail. Drawings by Simon Fraser. P.B. Published in 1984. 56 Pages. £8
377. Tales of the Old High. The Parish Church of Inverness Through the Ages by Ross Martin. Booklet, Printed in 2013. Contents: Mainly Historical, Mainly Outside the Church Building, Mainly Inside the main Church Building, Appendix Ministers of the First Charge from 1560. Sources and References. 40 Pages. £6
378. A booklet commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the Canadian Club of Glasgow 1932-1982. Booklet, 20 Pages which has many photographs. £6
379. The Celtic Realms by Myles Dillon and Nora Chadwick. Second Edition. A fully revised edition. 12 Chapters, Epilogue, List of Abbreviations, Maps, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1972. 346 Pages. £15
380. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Volume 125. (1995) 42 Articles, Lecture Summaries, Meetings of the Society 1994-5, Instructions for Contributors, Index. H.B. 600 Pages. £12

 

 

Newmarket Playpark is for everyone – and its brand new website has made it even more accessible.

Launched last week, www.newmarketplaypark.com was built by the playpark committee themselves.  Chairman, Murray MacLeod, said: "It was one of those things we had been talking about for a wee while.  We'd been using Facebook for a few years – but wanted to create a website to promote the playpark a wee bite more and make it more accessible to folk who aren't necessarily on Facebook."

Faulty equipment meant a false alarm for two coastguard rescue teams yesterday (Wednesday 17 October.)

Breasclete and Miavaig Coastguard Rescue Teams responded to a 'mayday' signal from a small fish farm vessel in East Loch Roag.

However, investigations showed the distress signal was activated in error due to faulty radio equipment.

The best of produce from near and far 19/10/2018

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Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area.

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cabbage (Red)

 

£2.40

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.45

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.15

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£1.95

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£1.95

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.70

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.55

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.30

 

Tomatoes (Plum Vine)

 

£4.50

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Clementines

 

4 for £1.50

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Plums

 

3 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

Photo: John Mayer Photography

Netty's Tree on Eriskay has been named as Scotland's Tree of the Year. The spruce tree will go on to compete against trees in Ireland, Wales and England to be the UK's European Tree of the Year.

Originally nominated by Eoina Wilson, the spruce was, until recently, the only tree on the island.

It was planed over 100 years ago by poet, priest and land rights activist, Father Allan MacDonald.  Netty MacDonald lived on the nearby croft and encouraged all the island’s children to play on the tree as their cries and laughter reminded her of her own family who had grown up and moved away to work.

On announcing the four national winners last night (Wednesday October 17), BBC's One Show opened voting for the public to decide which of the four trees should represent the UK in the European contest which is run by the Environmental Partnership Association.

Photo: John Mayer Photography

Netty's Tree on Eriskay has been named as Scotland's Tree of the Year. The spruce tree will go on to compete against trees in Ireland, Wales and England to be the UK's European Tree of the Year.

Originally nominated by Eoina Wilson, the spruce was, until recently, the only tree on the island.

It was planed over 100 years ago by poet, priest and land rights activist, Father Allan MacDonald.  Netty MacDonald lived on the nearby croft and encouraged all the island’s children to play on the tree as their cries and laughter reminded her of her own family who had grown up and moved away to work.

On announcing the four national winners last night (Wednesday October 17), BBC's One Show opened voting for the public to decide which of the four trees should represent the UK in the European contest which is run by the Environmental Partnership Association.

A friendship group for older people from Point recently celebrated its 100th monthly meeting – and is inviting other members of the community to join the fun.

Cairdean Og Allt nan Gall held its landmark social event on October 2, at Ionad Stoodie community centre, and enjoyed a talk from Dr Ali Whiteford on the subject of Industrial Garrabost.

Dr Whiteford had also been the Cairdean’s first guest speaker, coming to talk to their inaugural social meeting back in 2007.

The organisers of the inaugural Hebridean Pride 2018 met last weekend to present a cheque for £350 to Christine Darby-Munro from their nominated charity Penumbra.  Thank you to all who contributed to this amazing charity who are doing incredible things here in the Western Isles.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has been nominated in three categories at this year’s The Drum B2B Brave Awards.

SSC will compete for the title of Best Brand Campaign, Best Product Launch Campaign, and Best ROI campaign, following the launch of new premium Scottish farmed salmon brand Lochlander into the North American market earlier this year.

The campaign has helped SSC make waves in the North American seafood market and reinforced the Company’s commitment to guaranteed Scottish provenance. 

The Leanne Fund has been allocated a much sought after charity collection slot at Ibrox football stadium, Glasgow next week and are urgently seeking volunteers to help.

The collection will take place before the start of the game on Thursday October 25th (Rangers V Spartak Moscow, UEFA Europa League).

Businesses in Uist ad Barra are being given the opportunity to learn how to create the most effective digital strategy for their business from a leading expert in the field.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has launched a range of digital strategy workshops, as part of its Entrepreneurial Academy.

The Delivering a Digital Strategy workshop, which is free to attend, will be in Benbecula on 15th November 2018, followed by workshops in Forres, Inverness, Oban, Lerwick, Fort William and Kirkwall.

An old-fashioned, mudslinging political battle has erupted about changes in the top administrative structure and pay at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Western Isles Labour Party accuses the local SNP of “shameless hypocrisy” in claiming that they stand “shoulder to shoulder” with front-line workers providing council services.

Earlier the Western Isles SNP Group at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar “expressed disappointment” at “the decision by Comhairle leader Councillor Roddie Mackay and his Chairs' Group to give senior officials a pay rise.”

But CnES officials say the changes are likely to save at least £42,000 a year, rather than costing more.

The major economic impact of the Hebridean Celtic Festival and its key role in bringing visitors to the islands is again underlined in a new report.

The 2018 HebCelt, headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish, and Roddy Woomble was held from 18-20 July in Stornoway with all four nights sold out.

Overall attendances reached nearly 18,000 over the four days of the event, its highest ever number, with an estimated total in excess of 7,500 paying festival-goers.

Local households can secure the price of their electricity until September 2019 by switching to the fixed electricity tariff.

Hebrides Energy is reminding storage heating customers of the Hebridean Take Control Tariff, which is offered in partnership with Scottish not-for-profit energy supplier, Our Power. 

An event including tea, coffee and a flight simulator will be held at the weekend (Saturday 20 October).

Brew for the Few will raise money for the Wings Appeal (link https://www.rafa.org.uk/get-involved/wings-appeal/ #RAF100) and will take place at the Salvation Army in Bayhead. Featuring RAF Merchandise and a model display, the event will take place from 12pm until 4pm.

 

What about going one-step further than avoiding the use of plastic straws by going for reusable and totally biodegradable straws produced in North Tolsta?

Admittedly, the supply is tiny at present…but who knows, if the idea took root, what could grow from it!

Katie Macleod, of Eagleton and New York and journalist and feature-writer for EVENTS newspaper for more than ten years,  has won further major recognition for her worldwide travel blog, www.storiesmysuitcasecouldtell.com

She has come second in the annual awards for Travel Blogger of the Year, between writers for National Geographic Traveller magazine and for the Lonely Planet Guide.  She is pictured above with Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis during an interview in 2015.

The awards were made by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) which is an umbrella organisation that represents 122 of Britain's best independent tour operators.

A Gaelic poetry competition for Secondary Schools is being run by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig in partnership with Urras Shomhairle, The Sorley MacLean Trust, it was announced at the National Mod in Dunonn today (Wednesday October 17th).

It is also backed by Comhairle nan Leabhraichean and Comunn Sgiathanach.

Salings on the routes from Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy have been thrown into confusion by cancellations today (Tuesday October 16th)

Today, as a result of sea swell conditions with high winds, MV Hebrides will operate the following amended timetable for the remainder of the day:

Tarbert - Uig: 15:00

Uig - Lochmaddy: 17:30

A show at An Lanntair, originally scheduled for tonight (Tuesday 16 October) has been cancelled.

Singer/songwriter, Ags Connolly, stated: "The ferry to the island has been cancelled due to adverse weather and there is now no other  realistic way for me to get there, so the promoter and I made a mutual decision to cancel.

West coast ferry operator CalMac has been named ‘Ferry Operator of the Year 2018’ at the National Transport Awards.

Born in 1979 (or thereabout)?  Is the big four “oh!” just around the corner? 

Did you start S1 in a Lewis or Harris school in 1991? 

If so, it’s about time we had a big party with all our former classmates at our first reunion!

A new participatory artwork connecting the public to the world's mountain ranges will be touring the UK next year - and it will be coming to Coll Beach on Lewis, and also involves Stornoway's An Lanntair arts centre.

First There Is A Mountain, by Katie Paterson, will see the public invited to build mountains of sand across the coastlines and play out the world's natural geography against a series of tidal times.

An app to support young learners with the acquisition of simple Gaelic phrases is being launched today (Tuesday, October 16) at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon.

Abair Abairtean! Comes from Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, which commissioned its development.

Abair Abairtean! is available for download now on iTunes. It features 50 phrases suitable for situations around the house and outside.

Several ferry sailings today Tuesday October 16th are cancelled, or are deemed liable to cancellation or disruption because of incoming poor weather conditions with winds of up to 50 knots , according to CalMac Ferries.

In Stornoway, the first rotation of sailings - 7 am from Stornoway and 10.30am from Ullapool - were cancelled last night and today, the remainder of the sailings were cancelled.

As of 10am, CalMac say the overnight ferry sailing is expected to be sailing as scheduled.

Regular volunteers are wanted to help at the local Cats Protection League.

This year’s Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival is to include a brand new Fringe programme, supported by Outer Hebrides LEADER funding.

The first Faclan Fringe will consist of four events from 1-3 November, complementing the festival’s author events and film screenings, whose theme this year is ‘fear’:

  • Author Peter May will personally host a tour of locations from The Blackhouse, the first book in his internationally successful Lewis Trilogy. (The ticket link is here: http://lanntair.com/events/event/blackhouse-tour-peter-may/)
  • Composer Jessica Danz will perform Under the World, an evening of original music and song at St Peter’s Church in Stornoway, inspired by the archetypal story of the descent into the Underworld
  • Maricruz Vasquez will create a Day of the Dead Mexican lunch in An Lanntair’s café bar on Friday 2 November.
  • The festival’s closing party at An Lanntair, Monster’s Ball, which will feature live music by Hebridean band the Howling Lords.

Details of CalMac's most well-used ferry routes in 2017 have been revealed.

The Ullapool to Stornoway crossing proved to be the sixth most used route - with 275,737 passengers and 437 coaches coming on board last year.

The Uig to Tarbert and Lochmaddy ferry routes carried 195,752 passengers last year and 358 coaches.

A wide range of Professional Grade Fireworks is on sale from today (Monday October 15th) at Maybury Gardens in North Street, Sandwick.

And they are on-line, too, at http://www.mayburygardens.co.uk/catalogue/108745-fireworks/items

Protests have erupted on social media from passengers kept waiting in Ullapool overnight by the latest crisis to afflict the £42m Loch Seaforth ferry, seen unloading its vehicles for the afternoon arrival in a sunny Stornoway.

The 3pm sailing from Stornoway yesterday (Sunday October 14th) finally departed around 11pm after lengthy delays awaiting paperwork approving the repairs done after the ferry hit the pier while docking on Sunday afternoon,

There were no updates from CalMac on expected departure times from Ullapool after the mid-afternoon statement that the 1830 from Ullapool faced the “high possibility of disruption or cancellation.”

 

LATEST:  Passengers have now boarded the Loch Seaforth.  Clearance is awaited from Lloyds Maritime services for the repaired vessel to set out.  Estimated departure time is now 2130hrs.  Vehicles - above - awaiting ship to be readied for sea.

It is understood the incident arose from a collision between the ferry and the pier's protective covering.

CalMac staff are unable to say officially that the ferry will sail until paperwork arrives from the marine insurers. It is not known if the delays arise in London or in Gourock.

EARLIER::: 1940hrs:  According to Ship AIS, the Loch Seaforth is expected in Ullapool at about half past midnight.

In Ullapool, waiting passengers report no news on ferry status.

Others talk of previous delays in Ullapool without information.  One said:"This happened to us last year…sat from 4 pm till 4.30 am in waiting room in Ullapool…not even a cup of tea coffee…when eventually got on board and cafe closed as staff were off duty…disgusted the way we were treated."

Officially, the 6.30pm from Ullapool has never been cancelled.

The Tarbert ferry tomorrow Monday morning is expected to be delayed by one hour.  This is a knock-on effect from today's delays.

'Be a Flu Fighter’ is the message of two new videos launched this week by NHS Western Isles aimed at encouraging island residents and Western Isles health staff to take up their free flu jab.

Entitled ‘Think You Know Flu?’ and ‘Flu Vaccination, have you had yours?’, the promotional films feature Western Isles health staff from across the island chain, as well as members of the public and representatives from the local Maritime & Coastguard Agency; Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade; the Scottish Ambulance Service; Hebridean Men’s Cancer Support Group, and pupils from the Stornoway Primary’s GM2 class.

 

Most ferry services throughout the Western Isles are cancelled today as the forecast for gales in Lewis and Harris worsened again overnight (Friday October 12th).

The official UK Met Office forecast for daytime in the Highlands and Islands is: “Rather cloudy start with occasionally heavy rain pushing quickly north but sunny spells developing for most by midday. A few showers are likely this afternoon but more persistent rain likely to return to the Great Glen.  Severe southerly gales in west.  Maximum Temperature 17 °C.”

 

Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust is giving £5,000 to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health and a sizeable percentage of the money will cover the costs of delivering suicide prevention training, which is run by the WIAMH in partnership with NHS Western Isles.

Del Gunn, WIAMH Project Manager, said the ‘no strings attached’ nature of Point and Sandwick Trust’s donation meant that WIAMH was free to spend the money on any area it chose.

The search is still on for a dog lost on the Isle of Scalpay.

Nine-year-old collie, Tess, who belongs to Carl and Fiona Knowles, went missing two weeks ago during a family holiday.

The Vatersay Boys will be performing at a new one-day music festival next year.

The family-friendly event will feature traditional and folk-based bands, including headlining act, Tide Lines.

Barra’s air and sea routes are being cut by high winds today (Friday 12 October).

The Castlebay to Oban sailings have been cancelled because of the adverse weather forecast.

Anyone wanting to conquer An Cliseam now has the perfect opportunity.

Marathon Hebrides and Lewis Wind Power have teamed up to make the mountain an easier climb.

At 799 metres it is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides.

Be seen, warm and dry as the dark winter nights draw in with an island favourite - a Fladen suit!

Available from the Fisherman's Co-op as separate jacket and trousers or all in one floatation suit (also great as a an outdoor boiler suit) - the Fladen range will keep you warm and toasty wether out on sea or land, fishing or crofting, or even just walking the dog on a dreich evening.

If you really need to be seen grab a hi-viz reflective warm jacket, as shown below, different styles and sizes available. 

Barra’s sea routes are being cut by high winds tomorrow (Friday 12 October).

The Castlebay to Oban sailings have been cancelled because of the adverse weather forecast.

Back Football and Recreation Club is today celebrating a £5,489 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for their lighting redevelopment project.

Funding will allow the club to update and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of current lighting systems. The outdated, mismatched, awkward-to-work system will be replaced with a new, more intuitive LED system with PIR sensors.

Join the spooky fun at the Newmarket Play Park Halloween Party this month.

The Elephant Session performance planned for tomorrow (Friday 12 October) has been cancelled.

The performance, which was due to take place at An Lanntair at 8pm, has been moved to Thursday 27 December at 8pm.

Smoked salmon produced in the Uig area of the Isle of Lewis has been named as the UK’s “best fish and seafood product” in the Great British Food Awards, sponsored by the magazine of the same name.

The chief judge, author and food writer Elly Curshen, described it as “perfect smoked salmon. All the things that matter to me – texture, taste, smoke level and thickness – are spot on. A top class product and a real treat to eat”.

Some Leverburgh and Berneray sailings have been cancelled tomorrow (Friday 12 October).

CalMac cite the expected strong winds as the reason for cancelling the 11:15am sailing from Berneray and the 12:25 sailing from Leverburgh.

All other sailings remain liable to disruption and cancellation at short notice, the ferry company say.

A multi-agency search was carried out for a high-risk missing person in Stornoway.

The search for an elderly female with dementia took place in the early hours of the morning (Thursday 11 October.)

Loganair and Emirates have signed a major interline agreement which opens up the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to Loganair’s passengers.

And Loganair has won the title of ERA (European Regions Airline Association) Regional Airline of the Year for 2018.  It's understood that airline staff are being given congratulatory confectionery this morning by the airline management.

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has rejected assurances from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar about proposals for the sale of the current Stornoway abattoir site to a developer.

This follows a report before the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources committee on October 2 which outlined proposals for the sale and leaseback of the current Stornoway abattoir site to a developer and the relocation of the service after three years.

Councillors decided “to authorise the Director of Development, in consultation with the Director of Technical Services and the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources, to engage with the appropriate parties with a view to presenting options for the future use of Stornoway Abattoir and provision of abattoir services to the Policy and Resources Committee in December 2018.”

The University of the Highlands and Islands has announced its 2018 Student of the Year winners, with all three of its top awards going to students who were enrolled at island campuses – including Lews Castle College UHI.
Crisdean Saunders, pictured above, from Lews Castle College is Further Education Student of the Year; Rhea Kay from Shetland College is Higher Education Student of the Year; and James Ellsmoor, a distance-learning student with Orkney College, is Postgraduate Student of the Year.
Crisdean Saunders, aged 27, who lives in Stornoway, completed a horticultural employability programme. He was nominated for the Further Education Student of the Year award by his tutor, David Bell.

Two local charities have benefitted from grants given by the Corra Foundation, formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.  

Each year, Corra Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Grants programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

Hebrides Alpha Project has been awarded a £4,000 grant towards the costs of travel and insurance.

Storm Callum is expected to bring high winds with gusts of up to 75mph for the Western Isles on Friday 12th October, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar stated this afternoon (Wednesday October 10th)

A yellow warning for wind was issued by the Met Office at the start of this week.

However, XC Weather - which earlier this week was predicting hurricane-force gusts on Friday, is now forecasting gusts of only 55mph at the peak with a general windspeed of 33mph - and the current Met Office warning for Friday affecting Stornoway and Tarbert now states: "Between 03:00 Friday 12th and 23:59 Friday 12th - A spell of windy weather is expected on Friday, which has the potential to cause some disruption."

The Farm Advisory Service (FAS) along with SAC Consulting are running an 'Introduction to sheep keeping' course on Friday 19th October. 

The day course covers practical advice on keeping healthy sheep and all the regulations you need to know about, all you need to bring are outdoor clothes and boots. Places are still available, due to issues with the FAS website please contact the office on 01851 703103 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday 19th October, Stornoway RNLI are holding their first ever bingo night.

The night begins at 7pm at Stornoway Sea Angling Club, a great family night out with lots of prizes and a raffle. All monies raised are for Stornoway RNLI, so come along for fun night out whilst supporting your local Lifeboat!

 

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn have a programme of outdoor activities to suit all this autumn from guided heritage walks, deer watching and family orienteering to kids mountain biking and Halloween lantern walk.

The Mountain biking sessions take place on Monday 15th October, booking is essential as places are filling up quickly. Bikes need to be suitable for off road, with working brakes, please wear a helmet. 

On Thursday 18th Oct, UOG are offering a free Deer Rutting Walk and talk, again booking is essential. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear (no HighVis/bright colours) and bring binoculars/camera. 

Tuesday 23 October see's the start of a new series of guided heritage walks around the Galson village coastal loop and on Saturday 17 November is the Shader/Ballantrushal loop. The walks are free with all ages welcome, dress for the weather and wear walking boots.

Stornoway police are asking for help from the public in tracing four men, one of whom is thought to have acted indecently, near to the grounds of Lews Castle on Saturday afternoon (October 6th).

The officers are investigating an incident at around 4pm on Saturday, on Willowglen Road, where a group of four men aged approximately in their 20s were seen near to the Castle Grounds ‘red gate’ entrance.

Stornoway’s Coastguard operations room found themselves co-ordinating two rescues at the same time yesterday afternoon (Tuesday October 9th) with two separate incidents in the Uig area.

At 4.17pm yesterday afternoon Western Isles police notified Stornoway Coastguard of a woman who had fallen while walking her dogs, near Scaliscro Lodge. She had injured her knee and was unable to move without assistance.

Coastguard teams from Miavaig, Breasclete and Stornoway were tasked to the scene and police officers identified the location of the woman, who was treated on the spot by coastguards and a doctor.

Stornoway Singers – St John Passion – Stornoway Town Hall – Saturday 3rd November 2018 at 7.30pm.

After two successful performances in August in An Lanntair, Stornoway and Talla na Mara, Harris, the Stornoway Singers will come together again to treat their faithful audience to the beautiful and uplifting music found within Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion, this time in Stornoway Town Hall on Saturday 3rdNovember 2018 at 7:30pm.

We have a new service now available from EVENTS newspaper and welovestornoway.com

You can now place Birth, Death & Marriage – and acknowledgement – notices with us…by coming into our new offices in James Street, Stornoway (where ND’s parts, repairs and accounts used to be once upon a time); by phone; or by email.

This new service responds to growing demand from individuals and families for a local, on-the-High-Street, service.

Fishermen, tourism businesses and seafood companies in the Western Isles are among those to sign up to an open letter opposing proposed commercial kelp harvesting in the waters of the Minch.
Creel fishermen from Barra and Vatersay, sea tours from Lewis and Harris and the 140-member Western Isles Fishermen’s Association are among those who have put their names on the list, being co-ordinated by campaign group No Kelp Dredging.
In all, 185 businesses are named in the updated appeal to Scottish minister Roseanna Cunningham and the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) committee of the Scottish Parliament. The latest updated list was published yesterday (Tuesday October 9th).

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan hit out at the decision of Eastern Airways to cancel its Aberdeen to Stornoway service. 

This came after customers enquiring with Eastern Airways started being told by customer service agents that the service is being discontinued and that 26 October would be the last day of the Aberdeen service. And Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has made clear it has been given no direct information about the change from either Flybe or Eastern Airways.

According to the Flybe website which deals with Eastern Airways bookings, there are five flights in the week ending October 19; then it drops to three the week after; before petering out and ending completely the following week.

A lush new grass roof on the Iron Age house at Bosta signals the end of a busy and successful season for Bernera Historical Society.

The historical society reported on Monday (October 8th) on three major projects completed during summer 2018. As well as a new roof at the Iron Age house, the Norse mill was re-roofed and new signs put up on the historic walk paths.

The magnificent spectacle of stags in full display is just starting in the Harris hills, and North Harris Trust has planned a series of ‘Roaring and Rutting’ walks to give viistors the full experience.

North Harris Ranger service will lead small groups to witness the red deer rut in various locations from Thursday (October 11th). Participants learn about the life of Scotland’s largest land mammal and the management of the North Harris deer herd. 

Someone must be missing this lost bunny, waiting to be reclaimed by his owner at Traigh Mhor in Tolsta.

He's going to be awfully wet if he doesn't get home soon!

Breach of peace

Police were called to an address in the Parkend area of Stornoway early on the afternoon of Saturday (October 6th) to reports of a man behaving in an abusive and disorderly fashion.

The 37-year-old man was cautioned and charged with breach of the peace before being issued with a fixed penalty.

Vehicle damage

A number of cars parked on Anderson Road in Stornoway were apparently deliberately damaged over the weekend of October 6th to 8th, with scratches to bodywork which appear to have been carried out with intent, rather than as a result of accidental damage.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything or who knows how the damage occurred to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, or in person at Stornoway police station.

Met office updates Friday storm warning

The Met Office have updated their yellow ‘be aware’ warning for strong winds on Friday (October 12th), warning of a currently low threat of medium to high impacts from the storm.

Between 5am and midnight on Friday, windy weather is expected, with the potential to cause travel disruption, power and phone service cuts.

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How can you help patients more to live as healthy, active and independent lives as possible? That was the question facing more than 100 Western Isles health workers at a special meeting recently.

NHS Western Isles dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists considered the themes of the national AHP ‘Active and Independent Living Programme’.

The SNP has called on the UK government to reunite child refugees with their families in the UK.

At the SNP's conference in Glasgow, party delegates have supported a resolution which supports UK Government steps to support a SNP Bill that will; expand the definition of family member as currently only spouses and children under the age of 18 are allowed to join their family in the UK; give refugee children the right to be reunited with their parents as under current reunion rules children cannot sponsor their parents to come to the UK leaving them alone; reintroduce legal aid for refugee family applications.

A delegation of Chinese academics in Scotland on an exchange visit with the University of the Highlands and Islands have visited a wind farm for the first time – and it was Point and Sandwick Trust’s community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag near Stornoway.

The visit to Point and Sandwick Trust’s award-winning wind farm was organised by lecturers from Lews Castle College UHI, who help deliver a degree to the Hunan Institute of Engineering, where this group of professors and senior engineers had come from.

The Met Office has issued an advance warning for a period of very windy weather affecting the Western Isles on Friday (October 12th).

The yellow ‘be aware’ alert is in force between 5am and 9pm on Friday, with a small chance of gusts over 80 miles per hour in the Western Isles
during afternoon and evening.

CalMac are urging customers to make any ferry reservations or changes to booking in the next 24 hours, as the online reservations service will be unavailable for a day from 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 9th October).

The system shutdown is due to a planned period of essential maintenance.

The chance to chat with professionals about your child’s development is on offer as the NHSWI Allied Health Professional (AHP) team invite all to a series of free and informal Child Development Drop-In sessions.

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Donald MacSween of Ness has become the first young crofter of the year, winning the accolade at a celebratory event in Morayshire on Friday (October 5th).

Police are asking for witnesses to an incident of possible sheep-worrying which happened in Stornoway last Sunday (September 30th) to help settle uncertainty about what actually happened.

A husky dog was seen among sheep on croftland at Moss End Farm in Stornoway just after 2pm on Sunday 30th.

There was a carnival atmosphere in Stornoway town centre on Saturday (October 6th) as the first Hebridean Pride parade passed with good humour and plenty of family participation.

Many of those who took part noted that the weather seemed to be in the right mood for what was described as the ‘maiden Pride event for the islands’, with a succession of sunshine and showers making for rainbows in the skies as well as on the streets.  

There’s still a chance for projects in the Outer Hebrides to benefit from the Scottish Government’s new Rural Tourism Fund as Round Two closes on October 31.

Around £3 million from the first round of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is already being shared among 18 projects across Scotland to help cope with growing visitor numbers. These include the Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020 project which has been awarded more than £240,000.

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Customers for Artizan Jewellery and Gift Shop in lower Church Street, Stornoway can see more what's on offer there from their homes, tablets and phones through a brand-new website http://artizanjewellery.com/index.php designed by Intermedia Services (Stornoway) Ltd.

And loyal customers of Artizan Jewellery and Gift Shop can gain extra rewards from the giant sale from Monday October 8 to Saturday October 13 - but even if you don't have an Artizan Card already, you can sign up for one for free on the spot!

Faclan:the Hebridean Book Festival returns from 31 October to 3 November…and you can read about some of the authors on http://www.welovestornoway.com/index.php/faclan-2018.

These are interviews from the EVENTS newspaper team of Katie Macleod and Roz Macaskill and most of them are also available in print in the current edition.

A developer’s request to buy the site of Stornoway abattoir on a lease-back agreement has been considered by councillors.

At a meeting of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s  policy and resources committee on Tuesday (October 2nd) councillors were told of plans to redevelop the Newton area  by a partnership including CnES, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Stornoway Port Authority and several private developers.

One of the developers had put forward a plan for development of a Newton Enterprise Park, embracing an area next to the current site of the abattoir. The proposal included purchase of the abattoir site, which would then be leased back to the Comhairle for three years so that the current business could have time “for a relocation of the abattoir to a more suitable location”.

 

Faclan:the Hebridean Book Festival returns from 31 October to 3 November - and now on welovestornoway.com there's a chance to read interviews with some of the key authors for both main Festival and the Children's Festival - available on 

Highlights announced last month include the launch of The Darkest Dawn, a new book marking the 100th anniversary of the Iolaire tragedy, in which over 200 men from Lewis and Harris lost their lives only tens of metres from a beach in a massive storm.   

Faclan 2018’s line-up of authors – many of them reflecting on this year’s festival theme of Fear– includes Peter May and Malcolm Mackay, both discussing Hebridean Noir; Sir Christopher Frayling on the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (following a screening of the classic 1931 film); Finlay Macleod on the true history of a semi-mythical 19th century bogeyman who stalked the moors of Lewis and Harris; and Louise Welsh, who will reflect on the role of fear in her work.  In a very different approach to fear, Kathryn Mannix will explore the various taboos around death.

Other highlights include a Saturday night appearance by leading spoken word performer  Hollie McNish, a screening of vampire classic Nosferatu with a live piano score by  Peter Urpeth, a voyage into the underworld with composer Jessica Danz; and a tribute to the late Gaelic writer, playwright and storyteller Chrisella Ross.

In addition to the packed programme of author and musical events, there will be daytime film screenings throughout the festival, also focusing on the theme of Fear – Psycho, Village of the Damned, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Rosemary’s Baby, Schalcken the Painter, The Babadook, and classic ghost story Whistle and I’ll Come to You, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

There will also be a programme of events for schools, Faclan Òga, running throughout the festival.

The full Faclan programme is online at www.lanntair.com/faclan

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There’s a first chance to experience a double-header Islands tour from Sian and Hecla, two young, all-female emerging groups on the traditional music scene.

This is Sian's first gig in the islands and a return home for Hecla which was formed at the Lews Castle College music course at Colaisde Bheinn a Fhaoghla in Lionacleit.  (Hecla are pictured above at a recent performance in the Czech Republic.)

Tickets will be on sale from Monday October 8th online and will also be sold at An Crùbh for the Skye gig from the beginning of the week.

Officers from Police Scotland are investigating an incident in the Marybank area of Stornoway in which a cat was shot by an airweapon. 

Police in Stornoway say the cat survived the attack but the pellet is still within its body as it is in an area too dangerous to be removed at present. 

Experienced advisers from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will now be available at Stornoway's Jobcentre Plus (JCP) two days a week, offering support for local job seekers.

Earlier this year, JCP began hosting drop-in sessions with SDS advisers at the Castle Street centre on Tuesday mornings. These sessions helped people attending JCP access additional advice and support from the SDS advisers on everything from writing a CV to the local labour market.

Because of the success of the sessions, this service has been expanded to two days a week. Advisers will now be available at the Jobcentre on Monday mornings and Tuesday mornings, from 10am until 1pm on both days.

A family on a special celebration break in Harris are going home heartbroken tomorrow (Saturday 6th October) after their much-loved pet dog went missing on the Isle of Scalpay.

Carl and Fiona Knowles are on their first trip to the islands, staying in Harris for two weeks to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary and bringing with them sons Greg, 24 and Ewan, 20 as well as their nine-year-old collie dog Tess.

Lews Castle is aiming to become a hot spot for live music to meet a growing demand for high-quality, live Celtic music.

Through coming months there will be several music events held in Lews Castle; where islanders and guests alike can enjoy some great live music and perhaps a wee dram or two in the atmospheric Whisky Bar, says the local management.

Charles Young of 7 Fivepenny has successfully completed the his two 'Great Runs', the Great North Run Half Marathon inNewcastle on 9th September and the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow on 30th September in support of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis and Eoropie Dunes Playpark.

The funds raised will be divided equally between the two charities.

Mighty Productions are currently casting Scotland residents for a brand new series for the BBC with the 'working title" of Danger Balls! 

They say: "It’s a great chance to represent a society or a place of work and have a great time!  The show is exclusive to Scotland residents and we think contestants from Stornoway would fit the bill perfectly!

The programme for the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival launched today (Thursday 4 October).

The first tickets were on sale from midday at the festival website, www.lanntair.com/darkskies

It will take place at An Lanntair and across Lewis from 8-21 February 2019.

The Scottish Cup will be on display at Ionad Spòrs Lèodhais, Stornoway, on Saturday 13th October from 10am - 4pm, the Scottish Football Association and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have announced.

The public will have the opportunity to come along and see the oldest trophy in the world of association football and to take photographs of themselves with the trophy.

The best of produce from near and far 05/10/2018

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Or call 07771645238 to place your order, free delivery within the Town, Broadbay, Point Area.

Vegetables

 

Price Each

 Quantity

Aubergine

 

£1.65

 

Butternut Squash  

 

£2.40

 

Savoy Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Green Cabbage (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.80

 

Cabbage (White UK)

 

£2.50

 

Cauliflower (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Romanesco (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£1.85

 

Celeriac (UK)

 

£2.40

 

Celery (UK)

 

£1.25

 

Fennel

 

£1.50

 

Garlic small

 

£0.65

 

Garlic Large

 

£0.95

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Beetroot (UK)

 

£2.45

 

Broccoli (Kirkhill Farm)

 

£3.95

 

Dirty Carrots (Scottish)

 

£2.25

 

Ginger

 

£5.00

 

Horseradish

 

£15.00

 

Leeks (UK)

 

£2.95

 

Mushrooms UK

 

£5.00

 

Onions (White)

 

£1.50

 

Onions (Red)

 

£1.65

 

Parsnips (UK)

 

£3.30

 

Duke of York (Inverness-shire)

 

£1.95

 

Rooster (New Season)

 

£2.15

 

Kerrs Pink

 

£2.15

 

Shallots

 

£4.50

 

Swede (Scottish New Season)

 

£1.70

 

Sweet Potato

 

£2.95

 

White Turnip

 

3.65

 

 

 

Price Each

Quantity

Little Gem (x2)

 

£1.50

 

Cos Lettuce

 

£1.50

 

Cucumber

 

£1.00

 

Spring Onions

 

£1.00

 

 

 

Price Per KG

Quantity

Peppers (Mixed Red, Green, Yellow)

 

£4.25

 

Tomato (Cherry on Vine)

 

£6.25

 

Tomatoes (round vine)

 

£4.35

 

Fruit

 

Price Each

Quantity

Cox (UK Apples)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Gala Apples

 

4 for £1.50

 

Russet (UK Apples)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Red Delicious

 

3 for £1.50

 

Avocado

 

£1.40

 

Grapefruit

 

£0.85

 

Kiwi Fruit

 

£0.50

 

Lemons

 

£0.55

 

Limes

 

£0.50

 

Yellow Melon

 

£1.95

 

Oranges Large

 

3 for £1.50

 

Pears (Conference)

 

3 for £1.50

 

Marjory Plums (UK)

 

4 for £1.50

 

Satsumas

 

4 for £1.50

 

 

 

Price per Kg

Quantity

Bananas

 

£1.70

 

Bramleys

 

£2.95

 

Chillies Red

 

£15.00

 

Courgettes

 

£2.95

 

Red Seedless Grapes

 

£4.95

 

Local Eggs

 

£2.00

 

Hebridean Tablet (Local)

 

2.95

 

CalMac Ferries senior staff would understand Island problems better if more of them were based here.

That's the view of Councillor Uisdean Robertson, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chairman of Transportation.

He has once again made a call for Cal-Mac to locate senior posts, within the ferry company, in the communities that they serve.

The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate competition has been made.

The 2018 competition looks set to be another excellent year, organisers say.

The first two rounds will be held at the Town Hall in Stornoway, on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of November.

Stornoway Coastguard operations room was called to a state of high alert just before 4pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday October 2nd) in response to an urgent distress message from an unknown vessel.
The DSE (text-style) alert came in automatically in response to a signal being triggered aboard a vessel somewhere in the large area of sea and loch off the west coast of the mainland.

Two days of successful sales at Steinish added up to a good week for Lewis and Harris auction marts, with breeding rams and cattle fetching good prices.

Monday (October 1st) saw 156 rams selling to a top price of £650 for the overall champion, a three-shear blackface from 6 Vatisker. Other top prices were for aged rams, with £520 paid for a blackface from 5 Shulishader, £450 for a Cheviot shearling from 1 Portnaguran and £200 each for blackface ram lambs from 18 South Galson.

There's a chance to get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme (WHD) says Tighean Innse Gall (TIG)

The WHD scheme is a Government initiative that encourages domestic energy suppliers to provide support for customers who need it most.

A Facebook page called Western Isles Weather has followers scouring predictions for winter storms, heatwaves in the summer and record rainfall all the year round – as you might expect in a place where ‘changeable’ is the most likely forecast.

But just as unpredictable are the places in the world which find the forecast for weather in the islands irresistible. Although 13,000 followers are in the UK, there are also 743 followers from the United States, 290 in Australia and New Zealand and some in even more unexpected locations like Belgium (43), Brazil (10) and China (9).

Sandwick Road, Stornoway, is to be closed tonight (Tuesday October 2nd) for four hours, while a multi-agency emergency exercise takes place near the gas works.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has put in place a road closure notice between 6 and 10pm, affecting the portion of Sandwick Road from the Smith Avenue roundabout (Engebret Ltd Filling Station) to the junction with Seaforth Road and the Mossend road.

This year’s re-scheduled Scalpay to Tarbert 10k road race will close for entries tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd October).

The race, now set for Saturday (October 6th) was re-scheduled due to a bereavement on the Isle of Scalpay and some runners were unable to make the new date. This means a few places have become available for new participants.

Booking is now open at https://www.entrycentral.com/scalpay10k 

A clutch of sports champions are heading for Stornoway to speak and lead workshops at the Lewis and Harris sports coaching conference this weekend (Friday October 5th to Saturday 6th).

They include the first person to swim the Minch, a badminton Commonwealth gold medallist and the head of Ross County FC’s youth development squad – all ready to share ideas and expertise with a small army of island sports coaches.

The constituency office of Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan was one of the first addresses in Lewis yesterday (October 1st)  to receive a delivery of fresh local milk for the first time since 2012.

The first LGBT ‘Pride’ parade event to be held in the Outer Hebrides takes place in Stornoway today (Saturday October 6th).

Organisers say they have received a lot of support from organisations including NHS Western Isles, Stonewall, the Equality Network and An Lanntair.

Parents are protesting over an email sent out by The Nicolson Institute, in which it is stated that there have been no formal complaints about bullying in the school this year, and only six in the preceding three years – four of which were not upheld.

A new social media campaign has followed last week’s online anti-bullying petition, which has now been signed by almost 800 people, including current pupils and their parents. The new Facebook group, Uniting Against Bullying, was launched on Friday (September 28th) and now has 250 members.

The spur for the new campaign was an email sent on Friday (September 28th) by Nicolson Rector Dr Frances Murray to all school parents and carers. In the message, a chart details the total number of formal complaints about bullying referred to the Comhairle’s education department since 2015.

The letter from the school reads: “As you may be aware, there is an online petition in relation to bullying at The Nicolson Institute.

The joys and hazards of open water swimming get an airing this evening (Monday October 1st) with a training session run by Hebridean Sea Swimmers.

There’s a growing interest in open water swimming in the islands, with regular trips by members of Hebridean Sea Swimmers and a steady flow of newcomers to the activity joining the group.

A  21-year-old man is in hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries after a wedding altercation in the street outside Stornoway Town Hall.

The assault, in the early hours of Saturday (29th September), left the man with head injuries in Cromwell Street, outside the Town Hall where a wedding reception was drawing to a close.

Onlookers tended to the victim until a friend drove him to the Western Isles Hospital.

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Tarbert is not to close, says Outer Hebrides Tourism as it reiterates the plan for a year-round centre.

Following recent rumours of the closure of the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Tarbert causing unnecessary concern within the Harris community, Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) said it wants to make clear that it has not agreed to, nor does it support, the closure of Tarbert VIC.  

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The Leanne Fund has launched a new Befriending service for individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis in the North of Scotland.

The service has been developed in response to feedback from those who have received support from The Leanne Fund.

The Fund is now recruiting Befrienders to provide this service throughout the Highlands and Islands and Grampian.

Tributes to D R Macdonald, who has been the finance officer and fundraiser for the Bethesda Care Home and Hospice in Stornoway for the past 18 years, were paid at a luncheon in the Digby Chick restaurant in Stornoway held by the Trustees today (Tuesday October 31).
Mr Duncan Maclean, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said that in addition to his normal duties as finance officer and fundraiser, that DR had fulfilled many roles and had been a great ambassador for Bethesda.
On behalf of the Trustees he presented D.R. with a gold watch, a Harris Tweed wallet including a monetary gift, and a Bible.
His wife Katie was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

The ice rink is now up and complete at the Scaladale centre in North Harris, the rink can be booked by groups of adults or children - anyone who wants give it a go! 

Here are some images of the ice rink going up and finally Sean and Kate, the centres instructors, having a celebratory first skate.

The 2016-2017 Annual Report of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development, was published yesterday (Monday 30 October) at a meeting of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands in Oban. (Pictured above are Allan Macdonald, who chairs the board, and Deputy First Minister John Swinney)

The report highlights the key developments undertaken by Bòrd na Gàidhlig over the past year which have included the development of the third National Gaelic Language Plan; the Gaelic provisions of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 being implemented; collaboration with a growing number of public bodies on the production and implementation of Gaelic Language Plans; support for the promotion of Gaelic language, music and culture nationally and internationally; support for early years and Gaelic medium education; the provision of funding for professional development for teachers and for students undertaking teacher training.

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil, is asking the Scottish Government to instigate a study on the introduction of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.
Transport & Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP has recently stated that there are no plans to introduce a Public Service Obligation on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.
However, Mr MacNeil is calling on the Transport & Islands Minister to reconsider due to the service not being comprehensive each week of the year.

Western Isles MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil, is asking the Scottish Government to instigate a study on the introduction of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.

Transport & Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP has recently stated that there are no plans to introduce a Public Service Obligation on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service.

However, Mr MacNeil is calling on the Transport & Islands Minister to reconsider due to the service not being comprehensive each week of the year.

He said: “There is a PSO on the Barra air service and there is competition on the Stornoway air service and this is good news.
“However, Benbecula has neither and I believe that there is a case for a PSO on the Benbecula to Glasgow air service which would ensure that airfares and service levels as well as perhaps scheduling are reasonable for the Uist community.”

The local lottery committee are delighted to be dishing out community funds

Community Groups from the Butt to Barra received their share of £4,674 from the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery at the end of September. They are now to receive a further £3,015 being the proceeds from the Lottery for the month of October.
The Lottery Committee say they are delighted to be returning such large sums back to the community every month.
In addition, £3,100 has been shared in Cash Prizes by winners across the Western Isles.

Local community groups are urged to make their applications as The Outer Hebrides LEADER 2014-202 Programme is delighted to announce another round of funding.
With a closing date for applications on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, projects must demonstrate innovative solutions to support community and economic development in the Outer Hebrides; and ideally projects should have match funding in place by the application submission deadline.
Works previously supported by LEADER funding include the Harris Marina Hub, which is developing marinas in Tarbert and Scalpay; the Huisinis Gateway project; Trix Pix Multimedia Studio and Marketing Campaign, and the Ploycrub Project operated by Hebridean Castle Trading.

The Blythswood Shoebox Appeal will be held in Lewis and Harris over three days in November.

The collections are on Thursday 9th November 3.30pm-6 pm, Friday 10th 3.pm-7 pm and Saturday 11th November 10am-12 noon.

The Appeal Centre will be in the Blythswood Store in the Old Co-op – via its Kenneth Street entrance (with thanks to D.R. Macleod Haulage) which is situated opposite Lodge Fortrose .

Local people poured into the newly refurbished and extended Stornoway Fire Station for its Open Day on Saturday (October 28th)   

Families took the chance to take a look around as the new Retained Community Fire and Rescue Station on Robertson Road opened to the public to view the extensive refurbishment work and new facilities provided which include showers, locker rooms, training facilities, meeting rooms and a small gym.

A big crowd gathered in An Lanntair on Saturday evening (October 28th) during Faclan/the Hebridean Book Festival for the launch of Stornoway publishers Acair latest book…Forradh: Sly Cooking – its title taken from one of the 42 Gaelic words which are profiled within it, both in words and images.

Present for the event was author Catriona Black – far from her present home in the Dutch village of Santpoort-Noord – who is a former art critic for the Sunday Herald, an illustrated children’s book author, and a short film animator.

This year’s Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture is on Thursday (2nd November 2017) and is being given by Donalda MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland.

The main event is being held at e-Sgoil, Francis Street, Stornoway, at 7.30pm but for the first time the lecture will be broadcast live to a number of local venues. Admission is free. (e-Sgoil is in the building formerly occupied by Museum nan Eilean and earlier part of The Nicolson Institute.)

The lecture is on the subject ‘The Role of the BBC in an ever-changing Global Communications Industry’.

Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association will be holding an AGM and an EGM on Tuesday (October 31) in Lewis Pipe Band Hall, on Bells Road, Stornoway, at 7.45pm.

Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association has been providing taped recordings of readings from local newspapers since 1984, when 100 tapes went out around Lewis and Harris. By 1996 this had dropped to 60 tapes and by 2010 only two dozen tapes and disks were being sent out.

LED Energy Communities project officers Dan Morrison (left) and Amy Kapherr-Diament, with Point and Sandwick Development Trust board member Matt Bruce

The LED Energy Communities project, run by Point and Sandwick Development Trust in conjunction with Tighean Innse Gall, is a finalist in this year’s Climate Challenge Fund awards.
The project, which involves installing energy-saving LED lights in homes in the Point and Sandwick area, as well as further measures to cut household bills and the local carbon footprint, has been shortlisted in the ‘Awards Panel Choice’ category of the prestigious awards.
LED Energy Communities project officer Dan Morrison said: “We are privileged to be shortlisted for this award and the fact that the project has been recognised in this way is testament to the wholehearted engagement by the community.”

The Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association will hold an Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 31 October at 7.45pm, in the Lewis Pipe Band Hall (behind Tesco, Stornoway).

Following on from several major changes and events to the committees and team supports, and wider technological advances in the way news and local news is provided, the intention of the supporting committee is to wind up the Hebridean Talking Newspaper Association and meet their constitution to handover to a beneficiary.

 

 

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has expressed disappointment that the management schemes to control the population of geese from damaging croft lands are being discontinued with no firm sustainable plans to tackle the problem for the future.

Councillor Donald Crichton, Chairman of the Crofting Joint Consultative Committee said a continuing increase in the population of geese was a real threat to the future of crofting and expressed disappointment at the response from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, to an earlier letter that raised the concerns of his committee.

Councillor Crichton said: "The Minister's response is disappointing and gives no firm plans to tackle this problem in a consistent and sustainable way to build on the work of the pilot schemes that had a positive impact on controlling the goose population.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan is backing user protests about the Aberdeen–Stornoway air service and change of timetable.

There continue to be numerous complaints from regular users, especially those employed in the oil and gas sector, about the timing of flights and the difficulties this presents for anyone in the islands working in the oil industry.

It will be all change to island ferries until March next year

With the MV Isle of Lewis and MV Hebrides currently replacing the MV Loch Seaforth ferry on the Ullapool to Stornoway route until November 7th, operators CalMac has finalised its winter maintenance programme – with more vessel changes in store for Western Isles’ travellers.
Including inter-island services, CalMac runs a total of 50 routes served by 32 vessels, each of which is required to undergo a period of annual dry dock maintenance.
This presents the company with a complex logistical problem to keep all of its lifeline services running with minimal disruption.

Review by Nick Smith

The eight British expeditions to conquer Everest between 1922 and 1953 were a series of attempts to assert the superiority of Empire planning and technology over the planet’s most inaccessible place. Self-financed by the 1924 expedition's official photographer John Noel, The Epic of Everest toured worldwide and elevated explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to the status of national heroes following their disappearance and death during an attempt to mount the summit.

Noel’s film begins as a travelogue, illustrating the landscapes of Tibet and the living conditions of its people. He records family life, musicians, religious ceremonies, and agricultural practices, but his shots nearly always include the team’s true goal of the peaks lofting beyond.

At first Noel betrays the arrogance of empire: while Mallory and Irvine are shown walking amongst yaks dressed in pith helmets and ties, we are told that the Tibetans never bathe, live in their own filth, and despite their instruments and religious songs cannot be considered a musical people. But as the base camp approaches a new respect emerges for the sturdiness of their local companions and the religious blessings the explorers receive.

Review by Nick Smith

The eight British expeditions to conquer Everest between 1922 and 1953 were a series of attempts to assert the superiority of Empire planning and technology over the planet’s most inaccessible place. Self-financed by the 1924 expedition's official photographer John Noel, The Epic of Everest toured worldwide and elevated explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to the status of national heroes following their disappearance and death during an attempt to mount the summit.

Noel’s film begins as a travelogue, illustrating the landscapes of Tibet and the living conditions of its people. He records family life, musicians, religious ceremonies, and agricultural practices, but his shots nearly always include the team’s true goal of the peaks lofting beyond.

At first Noel betrays the arrogance of empire: while Mallory and Irvine are shown walking amongst yaks dressed in pith helmets and ties, we are told that the Tibetans never bathe, live in their own filth, and despite their instruments and religious songs cannot be considered a musical people. But as the base camp approaches a new respect emerges for the sturdiness of their local companions and the religious blessings the explorers receive.

On air…Bobbi Naylor, presenter and Duncan Chisholm, musician

Community radio station Isles FM plans to 'up their game' ahead of their 25th anniversary year in 2019, and they're asking for the support of listeners and supporters both in the Western Isles and worldwide because the station has listed for a cash award from Aviva's Community Fund, with a public vote.

The volunteer-run station broadcasts to Lewis and Harris (and online to the world) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now they plan to maximise what they can offer the community with the appointment of a new station manager.

The idea has attracted Aviva's attention, and been listed as one of the Western Isles community projects now open for public votes online at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6507  Every voter has ten votes to allocate as they wish – whether for one project or spread between two or more. The closing date for entries is noon, 21st November 2017.

A show celebrating Hebridean music and culture that wowed an international audience this summer is being reprised for the 25th anniversary Celtic Connections festival – and features some of Lewis’ leading singers and musicians.
‘Blasta’ (Gaelic for tasty or delicious) was specially commissioned by the Hebridean Celtic Festival for this year’s Interceltique de Lorient, Europe’s largest Celtic Festival, which was held in August.
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Blasta was one of the stand-out shows at our hugely-successful Lorient concert and showcased the musical talent of the Outer Hebrides and the culture of Gaeldom on an international platform.”

The Western Isles Development Trust wishes to increase the number of directors on its Board from the community.

Directors (other than nominated directors) are elected from and by the ordinary members.  The Company is keen to increase its membership across the Western Isles before seeking to appoint additional directors.

The Western Isles Development Trust wishes to increase the number of directors on its Board from the community.

Directors (other than nominated directors) are elected from and by the ordinary members.  The Company is keen to increase its membership across the Western Isles before seeking to appoint additional directors.

Stornoway will shine bright for the festive season this year with a Christmas Lights Switch-on event due to be held on December 8th.

Stornoway Amenity Trust have faced cuts to funding for Christmas Lights for several years but this year, the group is benefitting from the launch of the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery and is also in line for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative.

Tony Robson of Stornoway Amenity Trust said; “We are very pleased that the Western Isles Lifestyle Lottery and the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ initiative will assist us in having some additional lights this year. The event will be held on December 8th and more details will be released closer to the time.

The Western Isles Citizens Advice Service (WICAS) has put half a million pounds into the pockets of local people over the six months from April to September 2017 in the form of compensation, with-held wages and unclaimed benefits.

The four CAB offices – based in Stornoway, Tarbert, Balivanich and Castlebay – collectively saw 2240 clients over the period, with social security benefits and debt cases far outnumbering other categories. The figures are published in the latest WICAS Operational Report presented to their Board of Directors. 

David Blaney, Chairman of WICAS, says: “This has been another busy period for our advisers in all four offices, but we are pleased to have provided much-needed support to so many local people. 

To celebrate the hard work and achievements of local performers during this year’s National Mòd, a Post-Mòd Cèilidh will be held at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday 3rd November 2017 at 7.30pm.

The event will be free of charge although donations will be accepted at the door. There will be a raffle in the interval. All profits will be donated to An Comunn Gàidhealach to help performers cover their costs for attending the Mòd.

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The concert promises to be a great opportunity for musicians and singers to showcase their talents to a local audience.

 

 

“Erotic” might not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of Gaelic literature or poetry – and yet that’s exactly the theme of the award-winning anthology, ‘An Leabhar Liath, The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse,” edited by Peter Mackay and Iain S. Macpherson.

An Leabhar Liath – which won the Donald Meek Award for Gaelic writing in 2016 – features a selection of 65 poems that range from outright explicit to merely suggestive, and Peter Mackay, a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, will be in attendance at Faclan, An Lanntair’s Hebridean Book Festival, to discuss them at 10.30am on October 28th.

Peter and Iain first toyed with the idea for the book when they were both working in Belfast; Peter at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and Iain at Ulster University. “We’d spoken about this material, about this huge body of rude verse that was out there, and the fact that it wasn’t very well known. We were more or less asking the question, where can we go and find this?” remembers Peter.

A young Barra footballing talent is making a 300 mile round trip to from Barra to Glasgow to play for Greenock Morton FC Under-11 side.

Matthew Davidson travels to train and play matches for the club – and airline Loganair have stepped in to support his travel by providing tickets.

Ten year old David, who plays midfield and recently scored a hat-trick against St Mirren, is the first Outer Hebridean footballer to play for Greenock Morton FC, signing on after a successful trial overseen by coach Ross Gourdie.

Helping patients to book their appointments out with opening hours, Group Medical Practice in Stornoway has recently introduced an automated telephone service at its Springfield Road base.
Jennifer Ellis, Practice Manager, said: “Our new automated phone service, available on (01851) 703145, means patients won’t have to wait until the practice opens at 8.30am or wait in a queue to speak to a receptionist to book their appointment.
“The automated service will also help us to release extra appointments in the evening and early in the morning, making it even easier for patients to obtain an appointment more suited to them.”

Islanders remembered precious babies who died during pregnancy at a ‘Wave of Light’ event, held on Saturday October 14th at the Caberfeidh Hotel in Stornoway.
Well attended by local families and friends, the event was organised by NHS Western Isles’ Sèimh (Gaelic for gentle peace) and formed part of a national annual event to support bereaved parents and remember their precious babies who had died during pregnancy or close to the time of their birth.
Sèimh Coordinators, Mrs Joanne Murray-Stewart, Midwifery Department, and Mrs Helen Gallacher, Spiritual Care Department, said: “This was a truly unique event and the first ‘Wave of Light’ to be held within the Western Isles.

Museum nan Eilean in Stornoway has two events as part of their Family Fun Day on Wednesday 25th October, 1-4pm. 

The Family Fun Day at Museum nan Eilean - Lews Castle, offers the chance to explore the galleries and learn something new about the islands and our heritage.

The first events on the day is a Parent and Child Song Session, from 1.15pm to 1.45pm: Come along to a fun song session for children (0-6) and parents/guardians. Lyrics will be provided for Gàidhlig and English songs and are suitable for all.

This is followed by Heritage Crafts for Kids, from 2pm to 4pm: Drop in to our 2-hour heritage craft session and learn how to make amazing things with natural materials. Local artist and craft tutor Dawn Susan will teach traditional methods of willow weaving, and share her knowledge of working with marram grass.

The Islands and Highlands have almost double the proportion of population self-employed as the rest of Scotland – and a wealth of small businesses as well.

So they need special backing from Government action on housing, regulations and infrastructure as part of the bid to increase the number of younger people in the workforce.

This is stated in a response by the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee looking at the Islands (Scotland) Bill.

Above, Ronald Cameron, Convener of Lochaber Organising Committee,  Jackie Cotter President of Association of Gaelic Choirs, Angela Johnson,  Secretary of Dunoon Mod Organising Committee, and Allan Campbell, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach.

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “What a fantastic year it’s been for the Royal National Mòd in Lochaber. To welcome the highest number of participants in a decade is special, and shows the strength and importance of Gaelic Culture. The level of competition has been outstanding.  I’m delighted to welcomed so many new faces amongst the familiar ones this year, and we hope they’ll be returning to join us in Dunoon next year. It’s encouraging to see so many young entrants and winners this year, and the quality of competition has been magnificent.

Voluntary Arts Scotland has decided to run free digital skills training sessions in the Outer Hebrides for members of the public who are 50 years or older, who support cultural and heritage groups, to equip them with better digital skills and to become more experienced with new software.

Through Digital Scotland and the Scottish Government, Voluntary Arts Scotland has been able to survey over 90 cultural volunteers in order to specifically tailor the sessions to those involved in this field.

Fin Wycherley, a digital specialist will run the sessions. This will cover things such as running and maintaining Facebook pages and groups.

Lasadh teachers Mairi Macdonald (left) and Gwen Culbertson

A website of resources for Gaelic Medium Education, originally set up and run by two primary school teachers from Skye in their spare time, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Gaelic Award for the second year running.

The website, Lasadh, is managed by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig, based in Stornoway, and led by teachers Gwen Culbertson and Mairi Macdonald, who both teach in Bun-sgoil Shleite.

The final competitions of the Royal National Mod were completed yesterday (October 20th), and the winners announced.  Winners of the Lovat & Tullibardine Shield are Dingwall, who retain the top spot in the A301 Area Choirs competition for the second year running.  Seen above, they are led by conductor Kirsteen Menzies.

Winners of the Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy in the A302 Area Choirs competition, is Lochaber, who celebrate the win on their home turf. The choir is conducted by this year’s Gold Medal winner Rachel Walker, and includes this year’s Traditional Gold Medal winner John Joe MacNeil, of Barra - pictured centre with cup - within its ranks.

The children of a Stornoway man were forced to sit UK citizenship tests because their mother is German, it was reported in The Herald newspaper yesterday (October 20).

Consultant psychiatrist Claudia Grimmer arrived in Scotland more than 25 years ago. She was working in Stornoway when she met her husband, Angus Macrae, and completed her medical degree in Germany before returning to the UK to embark on her psychiatry specialism.

Below is an edited version of the report from The Herald.

It is 50 years ago that writer Adam Nicolson first visited the Shiant Isles with his father, and the experience has stayed with him to this day. “I will never forget the dazzling, entrancing moment when he first showed me the bird colonies there.”

“The sheer density of them, the way in which in a seabird colony you can see the realities of the natural world in action before you.

“That was always exciting to me, and it has been a touchstone in my life ever since. Everything I know and everywhere I have been, I have always measured against that unconstrained vitality of being.”

The Laxdale Ladies (Mnathan Lacasdail) have taken first place in the Waulking song (Òrain Luaidh) competition at the Royal National Mòd (Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail).

This is the second year in a row this winning group of ladies has taken the Harris Tweed Authority Trophy home to Lewis.

Coisir Sgir a'Bhac had a fantastic competition, winning the prestigious Lorn Shield, and a host of other trophies at Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail Loch Abar 2017.

Their conductor Avril Allen was given the Mrs Catherine C MacDonald Silver Baton, and they also won the Dalriada Cup for the highest marks in Gaelic, and the Captain Angus Stewart Trophy for the highest marks in music. They also won the Hamish Graham (Strath) Trophy for highest aggregate marks in Gaelic throughout competitions A300, A305 and A306 (qualifiers); and they shared the prize for highest aggregate music marks in the same competitions – having scored equal points with Còisir Ghàidhlig Mhealbhaich    Avril Allen commended soprano singer Carol MacDonald, who sang a particularly difficult high note that caught the attention of the audience.

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  1. Twenty Years Reminiscences of the Lews by “Sixty One” with details of the author and illustrations. Sixty One was the pen name of the Rev G.W. Hely Hutchison who spent 20 years in the 1860’s and 1870’s renting sporting estates on Lewis for fishing, shooting and stalking. The book has 22 Chapters. Introductory, Prospecting The Lews and the Callernish Inn, Aline, The Harris Lochs and a word about Dog Rearing, Our Fred and His Head Nurse, Our Firm and the Whales, Royal Shooting and Old Tom’s Pedigree, Soval Fishing and Artificial Spates, Loch Trialaval and the Young Geese, Dick Burnaby and Grouse the First, Dear Old Shippy, Setters and Wet Crawls, A Tame Stag, The Woodcock and His Ways, and Shooting him in the Open, Woodcock Again, Lewis Climate and Midges, Stornoway, Superstitions, M’Aulay’s Stories, My First Wild Boar, The Lake Duke of St. Simon, Conclusion. A good social history of the Island of Lewis and its sporting estates in the late 1800’s. H.B. Front cover slightly fading but the book generally is in very good condition. 1st Edition, Published in 1871, very scarce. 272 Pages. £150
  2. Songs of the Hebrides 3 Volumes. Collected and Arranged for Voice and Pianoforte with Gaelic and English Words by Marjory Kennedy Fraser and Kenneth Macleod. Volume 1 Has 47 English songs and 47 Gaelic Songs. Includes Legends, Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod. Also includes a number of other Gaelic and English Songs. 168 Pages. Volume II. 67 English Songs and 50 Gaelic Songs, with Legends, Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod, 244 Pages. Volume III. 59 English Songs and 48 Gaelic Songs with Legends and Notes, Etc by Kenneth Macleod. 191 Pages. All Volumes are Hardback and were Published in 1922. £150
  3. The Camerons A History of Clan Cameron by John Stewart of Ardvorlich. Contents: Foreword by Lochiel, Preface, Acknowledgements, Chronological Table of the Chiefs of Clan Cameron, Dayspring, Birth of the Clan, Dark and Drumly Days for Clan Cameron, Sir Ewen Dubh, The Jacobite Risings, The Civilising of Clan Cameron, Doctor Archie, The Wind of Change, Days of Yesterday, Tribes and Cadets, Arms-Tartans -Poetry -Music, Clansman who have left their Mark, Clan Cameron Associations at Home and Abroad, The 79th Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, The Cameronians, Epilogue, Appendices, Bibliography, Place Names Connected with Cameron History with reference to map in Pocket, Index, Map of Cameron Country. Includes a number of illustrations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1971. 344 Pages. £25
  4. Pilgrims in Palestine. Narrative of a visit to the Holy Land in connection with the Fourth World’s Convention of Sunday School workers held in Jerusalem. April 1904. By James Cunningham Chairman of Directors of the Scottish National Sabbath School Union. Contents: Pilgrims in Palestine, The Voyage, Athens, Beyrout, Gallilee, Nazareth, Sea of Gallilee, Judea, Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Convention, Jerichoe, Jordan and the Dead Sea, Bethlehem and Hebron, Egypt and the Nile, Missions in Palestine. H.B. Published in 1905 and it is inscribed “from W.Simmons -the manse Kings Nettle who formed one of the Pilgrims” Includes many illustrations. H.B. 162 Pages. £35 Scarce.
  5. The Story of Iona by the Rev Edward Craig Trenholme M.A. of the Society of St. John the Evangelist Cowley. With Illustrations, From Photographs and Drawings by Frances M. Richmond and Maps. Contents: The Island and Surroundings, The Picts and Scots, St Columba Comes to Iona, The Abbot and Missionary, St Columba’s Labours and Rest, The Century after Columba, The Eighth and Ninth Centuries, The Later Celtic Period, The Benedictines and the Lords of the Isles, To Modern Times, Topography From Dun I To Cul Ri Eirinn, The Cathedral and Surroundings, From Reilig Odhrain to Martyrs Bay, The Carved Stones. Conclusion. Appendices: Uchd Ailiun: An Old Irish Poem, Altus Prosator: St Columba’s Hymn, The Gaelic Place Names on the Map of Iona, The Island of Staffa, Bibliography, General Index. H.B. Published in 1909. 173 Pages. £35
  6. Laithean Ceisde ann an Leodhas Mu’n a Bhliadhna 1880. Clar Innse: Roimh Radh, La na Ceist Sgire Steornabhaigh, La na Ceist an Sgire Charlabhaigh, La Na Ceist Sgire Chrois, La na Ceist an Sgire Bharabhais, La na Ceist an Sgire Bhac, La Na Ceist an Sgire Uig, La na Ceist an Sgire Luirg. Leabharann. Air fhoillseachadh an toiseach ann an 1881, chaidh an fear seo fhoillseachadh as na 1960’an. 48 Duilleag. £15
  7. The Men of Lewis by the Rev Norman C Macfarlane. Contents: Kenneth Ross Crobeg, Donald Morrison Fivepenny, John Macleod Galson, Aonghas Nam Beann Uig, Murdo Macdonald Guershader, John Campbell Harris, Angus Matheson Uig, Finlay Munro Tain, Angus Maciver Uig, Alexander Morrison Stornoway. This book was originally published in 1924, this reprint is from the early 1960’s and contains the original preface and the acknowledgements. Booklet, 44 Pages. £15
  8. Iain Dubh. Orain a rinn Iain Dubh mac Iain mhic Ailein (c1665-c1725) Air a dheasachadh le Colm O’ Boill. Clar Innse: Roimh Radh, Na h-Orain, Notaichean, Meadrachd agus Fuinn, Priomh-bhunan nan Oran, Bunan eile agus Giorraichaidhean, Leabhrachean is sgriobhaidhean eile, Appendices, Faclair roghnach. P.B. Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1994, 90 duilleag. £8
  9. Scotnotes Number 9 -Robert Burns by Kenneth Simpson. Contents: Editors foreword, Textual Note, Acknowledgements, Myth and Poet, Poet and Community, Satire and Sentiment, The Poets Voices, Burns and the Supernatural, Burns and Song, References, Bibliography, Index of Poems and Songs. Booklet, Printed in 1994. 82 Pages. £5
  10. Lewis the Story of an Island by Christine Macdonald. For the first time, this book draws together all the threads of the story of the island and its people. Christine Macdonald, herself born and brought up in Lewis, cares passionately about the island -its past and its future -and this book will both provide the young people of Lewis with an insight into their own roots, and help visitors to discover this fascinating island for themselves. Contents: Acknowledgements, The Land, The Bronze Age, Picts and Scots, Early Literature, The Vikings, The Clans, The Macleod Barons of Lewis, The Mackenzie Earls of Seaforth, Later Literature and Music, The Presbyterian Church, The End of the Clan System, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, References, Books To Read, More Reference Material, Antiquities. H.B. Published in 1982. 1st 96 Pages. £10
  11. My Best Scotch Stories Collected by Sir Harry Lauder. Illustrated by D.C. Eyles. Booklet, Printed in 1929. 1st Corner of the front cover shows signs of dampness, but the booklet otherwise is in good condition. 36 Pages. £10
  12. Knee Deep in Claret. Words by Billy Kay and Photographs by Cailean Maclean. The definitive book for lovers of wine. Richly Illustrated it investigates the fascinating history of the Scots drouth for the great wines of the world and celebrates our imbibing tradition in poetry, prose and song. Above all, it’s a book to be enjoyed. H.B. 16 Chapters, Glossary, Bibliography and Further Reading, Acknowledgements and Index. Originally published in 1983, this revised edition is from 1994. 267 Pages. £8
  13. The Cape Town Highlanders 1885-1985 by Neil Orpen. One hundred and two years on the history of the Cape Town Highlanders continues to unfold with the men in Gordon green almost daily writing new chapters in the saga that started in 1885 when a group of patriotic citizens gathered in South Africa’s mother city to form a Scottish volunteer corps. Colonel Neil Orpen brings up to date the history where his first volume left off in 1970. 6 Chapters, Appendices, Annotations, General Index, Units and Formations. H.B. With D/J Published in 1986. Includes photographs. 186 Pages. A scarce book. £25
  14. The 51st Highland Division at War by Roderick Grant. In World War 1 The 51st Highland Division became a byword for its doggedness, courage and tenacity in, at times the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. In World War II the Division fought with distinction in no less than fourteen major battles from the debacle in France in 1940, through Alamein, North Africa, Sicily, Caen and across the Rhine. This book is a superb collection of individual anecdotes of ‘Jocks’ in battle and of remarkable photographs of life and action with the Division throughout its many campaigns. H.B. 21 Chapters. Published in 1977. 160 Pages. £15
  15. Castle in the Sea. The MacNeil of Barra. 45th Chief of Clan Neil. Foreword by Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, BT. Contents: Foreword, Introduction, Antiquity, The Gall-Gaels, Island Princes, The Castle Rises, The Glory of Kisimul, In the Kingdom of the Isles, The Castle Defiant, Dramatis Personae, Darkest Days-Brighter Days, The Castle Lives Again, Castle in the Sea. Includes Plates. H.B. With D/J Published in 1964. 1st 190 Pages. £15
  16. A Lewis Album. From the collection of historical photographs compiled by the late Angus M Macdonald. A pictorial history of life on the Island of Lewis over a hundred years. P.B. 113 Pages. Published in 1982. £10
  17. Hist Whist. Poems of magic and mystery, witches and ghosts. Collected by Dennis Saunders. Illustrated by Kathy Wyatt. Contents: ‘Bearded, cloaked and cowled they go’, Strange Visitors, Bewitched, Restless Spirits, Odd Bods, Awesome Beasts, Index of First Lines, Index of Authors. H.B. Originally published in 1975, this reprint is from 1980. 91 Pages. £5
  18. Twa Tribes -Scots Among the Native Americans: Hugo Reid, Alexander Ross and Charles Mackenzie by Tom Bryan.Contents: Acknowledgements, Preface, Native Peoples, The Fur Trade, Hugo Reid ‘The Scotch Paisano’ Alexander Ross, Charles Mackenzie, Select Lists of Tribes, Some other Scots in North America. Bibliography. P.B. Published in 2003, 87 Pages. £6
  19. A Future for North Harris. The North Harris Trust by Janet Hunter. When, in 2003, the people of North Harris purchased the land on which they lived, a significant milestone was reached in the development of community ownership of land in Scotland. The transfer of the former North Harris estate to the 800 residents of the estate marked the largest buy out of land to date. 12 Chapters, photographs, Bibliography and Index. P.B. Published in 2007. 103 Pages. Signed by the Author. £6
  20. Island Heroes. The Military History of the Hebrides. In August 2008, the Islands Book Trust held a three day conference to address exactly this question ‘Island Heroes’ -The Hebrides and UK Military History took place in Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis, where a range of excellent speakers discussed the disproportionate contribution and sacrifice made by islanders in UK Military campaigns over at least the last 250 years and the role of the Hebrides during World War Two. Contributors were: Frank Thompson, John Randall, Andrew Mackillop, Nicholas Maclean Bristol, Captain Roderick Mackinnon, M.N. Beaton, W. McGonagle, Donald John Macleod, Malcolm Macdonald, Mike Hughes, John Davenport, Ken Watson, Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie, Erling Isholm. P.B. Published in 2010, 205 Pages. £8
  21. Bard Bharabhais. Dain, Orain is Sgeulachdan le Domhnall MacDhomhnuill Gobha ann am Barabhas. Iomradh air beatha a bhard le Iain N. Macleoid. Chan ann tric a bhitheas a leabharann seo a tha gu math gann ri cheannachd. 1st Edition, chaidh fhoillseachadh ann an 1920. 87 Duilleag, tha an leabharann ann a stad math. £45
  22. The Father of St Kilda: Twenty Years in Isolation in the Sub Arctic Territory of the Hudson’s Bay Company by Roderick Campbell. Includes a portrait of the Author. The author was originally from Ness in the Isle of Lewis, but spent most of his life in Canada. 14 Chapters and 4 Appendices. The book was originally published in 1901, and a first edition of the book is hard to come by. This is a facsimile copy published in 2017 of the original book. H.B. With D/J 372 Pages. £15
  23. Dr John Rae by Robert L. Richards. In the early 19th Century many graduates of the Edinburgh Medical School gained experience as ship’s surgeon for a single voyage. John Rae was no exception and his voyage from his native Orkney to Canada led to a life long connection with the Hudson’s Bay Company. 14 Chapters, 3 Appendices, Notes and References, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 1994. 231 Pages. £6
  24. Sealladh as ur air Ealain na Gaidhealtachd. Brigh Leirsinn ann an Dualachas nan Gaidheal. Rethinking Highland Art: The Visual Significance of Gaelic Culture. Editors; Murdo Macdonald, Lesley Lindsay, Lorna J. Waite, Meg Bateman. Contents: Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Visual Essay, Gaidhealtachd Art, Further Reading, List of Plates, Acknowledgements. A Bilingual Publication in English and Gaelic. P.B. Published in 2013. 132 Pages. £8
  25. Sunset on the Clyde. The Last Summers on the Water by Duncan Graham. The 1950’s was the last great era of the Clyde when a fleet of elegant steamers conveyed hordes of ordinary folk on cruises ‘doon the watter’ to Dunoon, Largs and Millport to the strains of accordian and fiddle. But those days have passed and Duncan Graham’s unique viewpoint as a student purser in the 1950’s allows him the right to claim that modernisation is merely another word for decline as he recalls the heady days of the last summers on the water. H.B. With D/J 17 Chapters. Published in 1993. 160 Pages. £10
  26. History of Scalpay School 1878-2012. Compiled by Christine Macleod. A collection of articles, photographs and the history of the school contributed by many former pupils and teachers. A4 Size Publication with ring binding. £10
  27. Croft History Isle of St Kilda by Bill Lawson. The first records of the crofts on the island. Includes articles from local newspapers on the 70th and 75th anniversaries of the evacuation of the island. A4 size Publication with ring binding Published in 1993. 34 Pages. £12
  28. The Opening of the Council Offices, Stornoway by Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday 14 August 1979. Contents: Programme and Presentations, Route from Amity House to Council Offices, Platform Seating, Guest Seating, Tour of Offices, Walkabout, Council Offices. Booklet, A4 Size. 20 Pages. Very Rare. £20
  29. An Cogadh Mor 1914-1918. Leabhar de sgeulachdan a Chogaidh Mor air innse le feadhainn a bh’ann e Uibhist, Nis agus na Hearradh. P.B Air fhoillseachadh ann an 1982. £8
  30. The Price and Power of Revival by Duncan Campbell. Lessons from the Hebrides Awakening. Booklet, 4 Chapters, Foreword and a postscript by Duncan Campbell. This booklet is based on lectures Mr Campbell gave at the Keswick in Wales Convention in 1956. This is a reprint, date of printing unknown. 61 Pages. £6
  31. Gaelic Speaking Children in Highland Schools. Publications of the Scottish Council for Research in Education XLVII. Contents: Committee on Bilingualism, Preface, List of Tables in Text, List of Tables in Appendix II, List of Figures, List of Maps, Introduction, The Historical Background, The Investigation, The Primary School Survey, The Secondary School Survey, Conclusion, Appendices, Bibliography. H.B. With D/J Published in 1961.1st 95 Pages. £15
  32. The Clan of Lochlann and Silis. Two Celtic Plays by Bessie J.B. Macarthur. The Clan of Lochlann was awarded the only prize in the Scots Radio Drama Competition 1926-27. It was broadcast for the first time on 21st April 1927 by the Scottish National Players. P.B. Published in 1928. 60 Pages. Some pages show sign of dampness. £8
  33. The Soap Man. Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme by Roger Hutchinson. In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the famous liberal industrialist Lord Leverhulme bought -lock, stock and barrel the Hebridean Island of Lewis. In a stroke of a pen he became one of the largest private landowners in Europe. This is the story of a fight. It resulted in land seizure, land settlement, a squandered fortune, a divided island and the ultimate defeat of one of the most powerful men of the 20th 9 Chapters, List of Plates, Preface, Maps, Notes, Bibliography, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 2003. 1st Edition. 236 Pages. £8
  34. Rockets Galore by Compton Mackenzie. The establishment of a base for guided missiles in the Outer Hebrides caused a good deal of concern for the destruction it might mean of a way of life, and when it was decided to include Great and Little Today in the scheme there was trouble. Most of the younger islanders welcomed the idea in hope of material prosperity, whereas the older Islanders were strongly against the Government’s proposal. 16 Chapters and Glossary. H.B. Originally Published in 1957, this 3rd Edition is from 1969. 246 Pages. £6
  35. Gaelic Hymns by M. McR FC Strathy. For the use of his congregation Chiefly his Evening classes for Young People. The Rev Malcolm Macritchie the author of these poems was originally from Uig, Isle of Lewis. He was Free Church Minister in North Knapdale, Strathie and Knock, Isle of Lewis. 10 Gaelic poems are in this booklet. 62 Pages. Very Scarce. Slight tear at the bottom of the spine, and a small corner from the back page of the booklet is missing. £25
  36. Expatriate by Roderick Macsween. Within a historical context, this book expounds that which characterizes man. Bond, the books fascinating central character, acts as a journeyman travelling both afar and deep within himself. Guided by the power of nature and the wisdom of the ages he leads one to question the current state of affairs, considers one’s values and recognize what, other than material possessions, is the true importance, elevating man to yet another higher plane. The book is in three parts: The road to Safaniya, A Desert Song, The Road Home. The author is originally from Scalpay, Harris and spent many years in Senior Management positions with the Saudia Arabian Oil Company. H.B. With D/J Published in 2004. 393 Pages. £5
  37. Dain Spioradail le Iain Smith Missionary Nach Maireann. Leabharann. 9 Dain, 39 Duilleag, chan eil fios cuin a chaidh fhoillseachadh. £6
  38. In Memoriam Rev Alex Matheson M.A. Rev Matheson was born in Plockton Ross Shire in 1860, and passed away in November 1902. Rev Matheson ministered in Jarrow on Tyne, Dunkeld and at Belgrave in London for the final 4 years of his life. H.B. Published in 1903, 41 Pages. Very Scarce book. £35
  39. A Bibliography of the Works of Neil Gunn by CJL Stokoe. Contents: Preface, Chronology of Neil M Gunn, Books and Short Stories, Plays, Dramatisations and Film Scripts, Verse, Articles in Newspapers and Periodicals, broadcast Material, Miscellaneous, Index. P.B. Published in 1987. 245 Pages. £8
  40. Six Scottish Burghs by Andy Macmillan. Contents: Elgin, Dumfries, Thurso, Paisley, Stirling, Kelso, Summary, Glossary. P.B. Published in 1992. 140 Pages. £6
  41. English-Gaelic Dictionary Compiled by John Mackenzie. Formerly Published as Part 2 of Macalpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary. H.B. Published in 1971, Ex Library book. £8
  42. St Kildans No More. An article from the Scots Magazine from December 1990 by Iain Thornber explaining how these families who were evacuated to the mainland of Scotland in August 1930 reacted to it, and how they made a new life in an alien environment. 12 Pages and includes many photographs. £8
  43. Bird Notes Edited by Miss M.G. Davies for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Article on The Menace of the Gulls at St Kilda by Kenneth Williamson. 5 Pages. £5
  44. Scottish Birds The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol 2 No 2 Summer 1962. Article on Autumn Migration at St Kilda in 1961 by W.E. Waters. Article is 8 pages, but the whole magazine of 49 pages is included. £8
  45. Bird Study Vol 7 No 2 June 1960. The Development of Young Snipe Studied by Mist Netting by Kenneth Williamson. 14 Pages. £6
  46. British Birds October 1958. Article in it ‘Population and Breeding Environment of the St Kilda and Fair Isle Wrens’ by Kenneth Williamson. 40 Pages. £8
  47. St Kilda Explored. Surveyed Buildings. Pamphlet of the exhibition that was held in the Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove Glasgow, 20 October 1995 -25 August 1996. £5
  48. Scottish Birds. The Journal of the SOC Vol 28 June 2008. Articles Include the ‘Behaviour and diet of non breeding Snowy Owls on St Kilda by WTS Miles and S Money. £5
  49. Scottish Birds The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol II No 7. Autumn 1981. Article on A Count of Gannets on Boreray, St Kilda by S. Murray. 36 Pages. £6
  50. Article that was in the Scottish Birds in 1996. A Census of the St Kilda gannetry in May 1994 by S. Murray & S Wanless. 8 Pages. £4
  51. A reprint from Scottish Birds Spring 1966 Vol 4 No 1. Scottish Ornithologists: 2 Martin Martin c. 1656-1719 by Ian D Pennie. 12 Pages. Very Scarce. £8
  52. Article The Puffin on St Kilda 1969-71 by J.J. M Flegg. 28 Pages. £6
  53. British Birds volume 70 Number 2 February 1977. Article Puffins on St Kilda by M.P. Harris and S.Murray. 36 Pages. £6
  54. Scottish Bird News. The Quarterly Magazine of the SOC. No 69 Sept. 2003. 4 Pages, includes an article A Voyage to St Kilda. £4
  55. Article on Hooded Warbler on St Kilda. 2 Pages by TJ Rix South Uist. £2
  56. Article 5 Pages. The Feeding of Nestling St Kilda Wrens by T.B. Bagenal. £4
  57. Article Inland Fulmars on St Kilda. 4 Pages, includes other articles. £3
  58. Article -Observations on small petrels on St Kilda 1961-62 by W.E. Waters. £4
  59. Article from British Birds vol 17 No 8 August 1964. Arrival Times and measurements of small petrels on St Kilda by Eslin Waters. 31 Pages. £5
  60. Article from Scottish Birds on St Kilda Gannets in 1980. 12 Pages. £4
  61. Article on Migrants At St Kilda in 1962 by W.E Waters. Other articles Included. 32 Pages. £5
  62. Article from Scottish Birds. Fish Prey in the Diet of Great Skuas at St Kilda by DR Thompson, KC Hamer & RA Philips. Also includes other articles. 16 Pages in total. £4
  63. Article from the Scots Magazine July 1979. Allan Aitkens Last Voyage by Rennie McOwan. 10 Pages. £5
  64. Bird Study Volume II September 1964 Number 3. A census of breeding land birds on Hirta, St Kilda, in summer 1963 by Kenneth Williamson. 16 Pages. £5
  65. Hebridean Naturalist Special St Kilda Edition. Magazine of Curracag. The Western Isles Natural History Society Number 14. Articles by John Love, Andy Robinson, Stuart Murray, Mary Bones. 60 Pages. £6
  66. A History of the Fulmar Fulmarus and its Population Problems by James Fisher. Article 20 Pages. Not Dated. £6
  67. Scottish Birds. The Journal of the Scottish Ornithologists Club Vol I No 3. Spring 1959. Article on Migrants at St Kilda in 1957 and 1958 by WJ Eggeling. 25 Pages. £6
  68. St Kilda Envelope Commemorating the Evacuation of 1930 -50th Anniversary 1980. £5
  69. British Birds Magazine. Articles Include The distribution and numbers of Kittiwakes and Guillemots at St Kilda by J. Morton Boyd. June 1966. 20 Pages. £6
  70. An article from The Scots Magazine from March 1969 -Our Childhood on St Kilda by Mary Cameron. 7 Pages. £5
  71. The New Naturalist. A Journal of British Natural History. Contents: Spring: Woodlands. Summer: The Western Isles of Scotland. Autumn: Migration. Winter: The Local Naturalist. With 12 colour plates and 175 illustrations in black and white. H.B. With D/J Published in 1948. 216 Pages. £25
  72. The Archaeology and Ethnology of St Kilda No.1. The National Trust for Scotland. Excavations on Hirta 1986-90 By Norman Emery. Contents: List of Illustrations, List of Plates, List of Tables, Acknowledgements, General Introduction, Excavations at House 6, Excavations at House 8, Excavations at Blackhouse W, A Viscera/Rubbish Pit, Overall Discussion, Rescue Excavations at the Army Base, Excavation and Basic Artefact Data, Bibliography, Index. P.B. Published in 1996. 218 Pages. £25
  73. Aberdeen University Expedition to St Kilda 1968. Report on Seabird Studies by H.E.M Dott, A. Anderson, M. Marquiss and G.W.V. Birnie. The Aberdeen University Expedition which visited St Kilda from 13th to 25th July 1968, carried out three main studies of seabirds. This report presents the results of these in Parts 1 and 2. Part I is Distribution and Numbers of Breeding Seabirds on Hirta and Dun. Part 2 Diurnal Attendance of Seabirds at Breeding Colonies. A4 Size Publication. 26 Pages. £20
  74. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Volume LV111 Part II. Session 1934-35. 11 Articles in total which include: Scottish Lower Carboniferous Plants: The Fossil Hollow Trees of Arran and their Branches, An Introduction to the Ecology of Intertidal Rock Surfaces on the Coast of Argyll, The Tertiary Geology of Raasay, Inner Hebrides, Ordovician Submarine Disturbances in the Girvan District, The Geology of St Kilda. A4 P.B. Publication. 280 Pages and includes many plates. Printed in 1935. £45
  75. A Description of Saint Kilda by the Rev Alexander Buchan late Minister there. This book was originally published in 1752, and it gives an account of its Situation, Extent, Soil, Product, Bays, Rocks, Adjacent Islands, Ancient Laws and Government, Religion, Customs and late Reformation. This H.B. Reprint is from 1974, and was a limited to a print run of 500 copies. 46 Pages. £25
  76. St Kilda: An illustrated account of the Geology by R.R Harding, R.J Merriman and P.H.A Nancarrow. With special chapters by M. Brooks, G.P. Durant and G.E. Morgan. British Geological Survey Vol 16. No 7. H.B. 46 Pages. Published in 1984, and includes a special Map of St Kilda. £35
  77. Article from The Scots Magazine. St Kilda Rediscovered by Tom Weir. 5 Pages. From August 1980. £5
  78. The Gannetry of St Kilda by J.Morton Boyd. J.Anim. Ecol. 30, 117-136 1May 1961. Scarce. £25
  79. Notes on British Mammals No 8 From The Scientific Secretaries, Mammal Society of the British Isles. Reprinted from Proc Zool Lond. Vol 142, Part 1 pp 177-190. Published January 1964. Article on Pneumonia in Grey Seal Pups at St Kilda. 14 Pages. £5
  80. Article from Bird Study 1998. Long Term Changes in Breeding Performances of Puffins Fratercula arctica on St Kilda by Michael P. Harris, Stuart Murray and Sarah Wanless. 8 Pages. £5
  81. Article from Bird Study 1988. Monitoring of Puffin Burrows on Dun, St Kilda 1977-1987 by M.P. Harris & P. Rothery. Includes another article on Shetland. £5
  82. Antiquities and old customs of St Kilda compiled from notes made by Rev Neil Mackenzie of St Kilda 1829-43. Original 16 Page article extracted from the Proc Society Antiquities of Scotland 1905. Scarce and hard to find a copy in its original condition. £25
  83. St Kilda : quarries, fields and prehistoric agriculture by Andrew Fleming & Mark Edmonds. Article from the Proc Society of Antiquities Scotland 129 (1999) 119-159. £20
  84. The Breeding Distribution, History and Population of the Fulmar (Fulmarus Glacialis) in the British Isles by James Fisher and George Waterston. Includes St Kilda. Article reprinted from the Journal of Animal Ecology Vol 10, no 2, pp 204-272. November 1941. £25
  85. The Early Autumn Migration at St Kilda 1931 by John Buchan, T.H. Harrison and David Lack. Article 8 Pages. Includes other articles. £10
  86. Hebridean Naturalist Volumes 1 -9. 1979-87. £35
  87. St Kilda Post Card 50th anniversary Commemorating the Evacuation of 1930. 27th August 1980. The National Trust For Scotland Official Commemorative Cover. Signed by Lachie Macdonald and Rev DJ Gillies, 2 natives of St Kilda who attended the 50th anniversary event. Scarce. £20
  88. A Voyage to St Kilda by Bob Charnley. Being a diary account of a voyage from Glasgow to St Kilda aboard the SS Hebrides during the summer of 1913. Contents: Introduction, St Kilda in Brief, About the Diary and Pictures of St Kilda, The Diary: From Beccles to Glasgow and a trip down the Clyde, On the Hebrides to Tiree via Oban and Mull, the Isles of Skye and North Uist, To St Kilda, The Return Trip, Some sightseeing and Home, To St Kilda aboard Dunara Castle. P.B. Published in 1993. 72 Pages. £8
  89. Last Greetings from St Kilda by Bob Charnley. This book contains a selection of pre evacuation picture postcards of St Kilda. P.B. Published in 1989. 52 Pages. £8
  90. St Kilda The Continuing Story of the Islands. Edited by Meg Buchanan. Contents: The Author’s, Director’s Preface and Acknowledgements, Introduction, The History of St Kilda, The Study of Buildings, The Archaeology of St Kilda, Bird and Marine Life, Soay Sheep, St Klda -Exploring the Future, Glossary,List of Illustrations, Sources of Illustrations,Numbering Systems,Index. P.B. Published in 1995. 117 Pages. £10
  91. Birds of St Kilda by M.P. Harris & S.Murray. Institute of Terrestrial Ecology. Contents: Introduction, The Development of Ornithology on St Kilda, Conclusions, Systematic List, References, Alphabetical Lists of Bird Species, English Name, Scientific Name. A4 Size Magazine. This publication was originally printed in 1978, this 2nd Edition is from 1989. 46 Pages. £15
  92. Island Survivors. The Ecology of the Soay Sheep of St Kilda. Edited by P.A. Jewell, L.C. Milner and J.Morton Boyd with a Foreword by Sir Frank Fraser Darling. Contents: Foreword, Introduction, St Kilda and its Sheep, The Vegetation and Soils of Hirta, Colour, Conformation, Affinities, Fleece and Patterns of Inheritance of the Soay Sheep, The Blood Groups of the Soay Sheep, Social Organisation of Soay Sheep and the Behaviour,Movement, Daily Activity and Home Range of Soay Sheep, The Rut and Behaviour of Soay Rams, The Breeding Cycle, the Onset of Oestrus and Conception of Soay Sheep, Population Dynamics of the Soay Sheep, The Soay Sheep and their Food Supply, Radiography of the Skeletal and Dental Condition of the Soay Sheep, The Incidence of Disease and Parasites in the Soay Sheep Population of Hirta, The Soay Sheep and their Environment: a Synthesis, Appendix,Index. H.B. With D/J 1st Published in 1974. Includes Map.386 Pages. £85
  93. An Isle called Hirte. History and Culture of the St Kildans to 1930 by Mary Harman. 18 Chapters, Tables, Figures, Plates. Appendices: Comparision of measurement and coinage system, List of Place Names. H.B. Published in 1997. 338 Pages. £15
  94. A Family in Fife. A Journey from Markinch through Dysart to Kirkcaldy and Beyond by Jack Blyth. Booklet, 5 Chapters, 8 Appendices. Originally Printed in 2005, this 2nd Edition is from 2006. 72 Pages. £6
  95. Sharp -Family History. Our Caledonian Past. Compiled by Robert Sharp. Booklet, Printed in 2006. 103 Pages. £6
  96. Lewis In the Passing by Calum Ferguson. In this book the author talks to twenty fellow Lewisians from different backgrounds whose lives spanned the greater part of the Twentieth Century. From their words emerges a picture of events which have moulded the island’s more recent history; the economic troubles of the 1920’s, the mass emigration of the 1930’s, the obscenity of battle during World War Two, the slow demise of crofting and the gradual erosion of the Gaelic language. P.B. Published in 2007, this reprint is from 2009. 310 Pages. £6
  97. Fortrose Cathedral. The Cathedral Kirk of The Chanonry. The Story of Fortrose Cathedral told by Elizabeth Sutherland. Booklet, Originally Printed in 2008, this reprint is from 2014. 36 Pages. £5
  98. The Border Hosiery and Knitwear Industry 1770-1970 by Clifford Gulvin. Border Booklet 3. Booklet, 18 Pages. Printed in 1979. £6
  99. The Celtic Lyre. A Collection of Gaelic Songs with English Translations by Fionn. Music in both Notations. H.B. Printed in 1927. 68 Pages. Binding Loose. £10
  100. The Highlands and Hebrides in 1786 by John Knox. A tour through the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebride Isles in 1786. The author sets out to explore in detail the west coast from Oban to Durness, with a view to reporting to the British Society on the state of fishing and agriculture and the possibilities of future development. H.B. With D/J This edition is from 1975. 276 Pages plus appendices. £20
  101. A Gaelic Grammar Including a chapter on Personal and Place Names by George Calder. Contents: The Parts of Speech, The General Principles of Phonology and Etymology, A Chapter on Proper and Place Names. H.B. With D/J Originally Published in 1923, this reprint is from 1972. 352 Pages. £8
  102. Highland Clachan by Margaret Stewart. Contents: The Clachan, The Layout, House 1, House II, House III, The Kiln, Excavation. Pamphlet. 4 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. Rare. £5
  103. Eadar Am Port ‘S An Cambar. Bardachd, Duanagan agus Sgeulachdan a Bearnaraidh na Hearadh.Leabhar I. Leabharann air fhoillsaechadh ann an 1982. 24 Duilleag. £5
  104. Bean Mo Ruin. Laoidhean agus Dain le Donnchadh Macasgaill. Leabharann air fhoillseachadh ann an 1987. 43 Duilleag. £6
  105. Celtic Invocations by Alexander Carmichael. Incanations, hymns, words, rites & customs, dying & obsolete: orally collected in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. Booklet, 137 Pages. Printed in 1977. £10
  106. John Forbes White. Miller, Collector, Photographer 1831-1904. With an appreciation by his daughter, Dorothea, Lady Fyfe and Notes on his Photography by the City Librarian and Curator. Booklet, 16 Pages and 12 Photographs. Printed in 1970. £5
  107. The Clan Gleneil. Cross Me Who Dares by Michael Brander. The author follows the rousing activities of the Clan Gleneil throughout Scotland and around the world in the past 800 years. Each book contains a handsome Certificate of Clan membership entitling the holder to wear the (‘Ian Tartan, the Ancient Gleneil), recognised by the Tartan Authority and Tartan Society and to use the Clan motto, greeting and toast: Cross me who dares! 16 Chapters. H.B. With D/J Published in 1996. 99 Pages. £15
  108. Gramar na Gaidhlig le Michael Byrne. Contents: Glossary, Common Sound Changes in Gaelic, Nouns and Articles, Adjectives and Adverbs, Pronouns, Prepositions, The Verb Is, The Verb. P.B. Published in 2002. 141 Pages. £8
  109. The Metagama. A Journey from Lewis to the New World by Jim Wilkie. This book is the first in depth study of emigration from the Isle of Lewis to Canada and North America -a history spanning 150 years. The book is in three parts: The first is a resume of emigration in Lewis history and its relationship to the land question, the second part chronicles events immediately before, during and after the Metagama emigration, the third is a series of interviews with some of the surviving emigrants. H.B. With D/J Published in 1987. 1st 208 Pages. £8
  110. Harris and Lewis Outer Hebrides by Francis Thompson. Contents: Introduction, Ecology and Physical Environment, History, Communications, Agriculture and Fishing, Trade and Industry, The People, Stornoway, A Harris vignette, The Other Islands, Island Life, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, Index. H.B. With D/J Published in 1968. 1st 221 Pages. £10
  111. Dain Thaghte Ghaidhlig. Selected Gaelic Poetry For Reading and Recitation. 17 Poems. Booklet, Date of Printing Unknown. 32 Pages. £8
  112. Letters From the Highlands on The Famine of 1846 By Robert Somers. 32 Letters and Appendix. This book was originally published in 1848, this PB Reprint is from 1977. 203 Pages. £10
  113. Spirit of Revival. The Story of J.G. Govan and the Faith Mission. By his daughter I.R. Govan. Foreword by Rev W. Graham Scroggie, D.D. 24 Chapters, Postscript, 11 Plates. H.B. Originally Published in 1938, this 3rd Edition is rom 1960. 208 Pages. £8
  114. Two Hundred Years of Farming in Sutherland. The Story of my Family by Reay D.G. Clarke. The author is one of the Clarkes of Eriboll, in North West Sutherland, a dynasty of sheep farmers who have been living and working in Sutherland since the 1820’s and whose farm at Eriboll only passed out of their hands in the 1920’s. This book represents decades of farming experience and involvement in the questions of land, ecology and environment. P.B. Published in 2014. Foreword by James Hunter and Annie Tindley. 17 Chapters, Glossary, Bibliography and Appendices. 206 Pages. £5
  115. The Traditional and National Music of Scotland by Francis Collinson. This is the first book on the traditional and national music of Scotland in all its aspects to be published for over a hundred years. It covers all the facets of the subject including such little known types of Gaelic song as waulking, rowing, reaping, milking, quern -grinding and churning songs; and the fascinating ‘fairy songs’ often reputed to have been composed by the ‘Little People’ themselves. H.B. With D/J 11 Chapters and Plates. Originally Published in 1966, this reprint is from 1970. 204 Pages. £25
  116. Orsin Dhomhnaill Ailein Dhomhnaillna Bainich. The Songs of Donald Allan MacDonald 1906-92. Edited by John Angus Macdonald. Contents: Map, Acknowledgements, Financial Assistance, Abbreviations, Index of Songs, Index of first lines, Sloinneadh: genealogy (Family Tree), biographical Sketch of the Bard, Formative influences, Donald Allan Macdonald within the tradition of Gaelic verse, Donald A. Macdonald and the local tradition, Donald A. Macdonald and the composition of songs, Collecting and editing the songs, introductory note to Songs, Songs and translations, Background to songs, Introductory note: tunes, The tunes, Transmission/retention of the songs, Critical assessment, Conclusion, References. H.B. With D/J Published in 1999. 317 Pages. £12
  117. Sgoil a Bhac. Memories Through the Ages. The book was published to commemorate the end of the Secondary Department in the School in 2012. The book covers Education in Back from 1878-1912, and covers all the decades, with many photographs, and is a very comprehensive and detailed history of Back School. H.B. Published in 2012. 272 Pages. £10
  118. Teach Yourself Books Gaelic by Roderick Mackinnon. 35 Chapters plus appendices from the Gaelic Alphabet, Verbs, Nouns, Plurals etc, etc. H.B. Published in 1971. 324 Pages. £6
  119. Moll is Cruithneachd. Bardachd a Phuilein. Aonghas Caimbeul e Nis, Eilean Leodhais. 29 piosan bardachd, le fear de Bhardan cluiteach na ficheadamh linn. H.B. Air Fhoillseachadh ann an 1972. 96 Duilleag. £8
  120. Catechizing -A Forgotten Practice by John J. Murray. Booklet, 12 Pages. Date of Printing Unknown. £4
  121. The Converting Word. The Testimonies of Malcolm and Duncan Macleod. Malcolm Macleod was born in 1881 at 21 Balallan, Isle of Lewis and passed away in February 1950. His son Duncan was born at 3 Shieldinish on 12 January 1917 and passed away in July 1990. Booklet, orginally printed in January 2010, this 2nd reprint is from November 2010. 20 Pages. £4
  122. The Royal Scots Greys by Michael Blacklock. Edited by Lt-General Sir Brian Horrocks. 8 Chapters, Epilogue and Appendices. H.B. With D/J Published in 1971. 126 Pages. £15
  123. The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst. The lighthouse Stevensons, all four generations of them, built every lighthouse around Scotland, were responsible for a host of optical and structural innovations, and achieved feats of engineering in unbelievably forbidding conditions. The extraordinary story of the building of the Scottish lighthouses by the ancestors of Robert Louis Stevenson. P.B. 10 Chapters. Originally Published in 1999, this edition is from 2003. 284 Pages. £5
  124. Fragments a