Merlins have been reappearing on Barra in the past few days, says Bruce Taylor.

"Through the autumn they are often our most frequently seen bird of prey on the island," said the Barra-based 'birder'  on Twitter at the weekend.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil says Scotland needs ‘better government, not a bribe to stay chained to the union.’

As new Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Scotland yesterday (Monday July 29th), Mr MacNeil said the UK Government are running out of time to keep Scotland on board a sinking ship.

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

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