Stornoway harbour is due to see the first cruise passengers of the season on Friday (March 29th), when the Portugese-registered vessel Astoria makes the first of a scheduled five visits to Stornoway.

A solution has been suggested to the mystery of a picture hidden in the back of a landscape engraving which could show some of Stornoway’s former academic successes.

But the solution may rest in the Antipodes – in a very Scottish-influenced area, the district of Otago in New Zealand.

Over the last month, the Integration Joint Board for the Western Isles has been consulting on how best to make use of three care units in Point, Uig and Carloway.

Demand for the care units has fallen and as such the IJB is interested in views about what options should be pursued in relation to their future use.