Multi-million Highland tourism business for sale

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A Highland tourism business which includes four hotels and a medieval castle is to be sold as the founder retires almost 40 years after starting out with a single property. Former merchant seaman Ian Cleaver started Highland Heritage Limited in…

New Harris Health Hub opens

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A new health hub costing just short of £1m was officially opened today in Tarbert, Harris. The hub brings together a range of healthcare services into the one location for the population of Harris. Harris Health Hub was officially opened…

Inter-island drive to protect fishing industry

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Fisheries associations in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have combined forces to urge the Scottish Government to protect the industry in the island groups. They are seeking a meeting with Transport and Islands Minister Derek Mackay to present 10…

Barrathon success despite ferry strike

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Despite strike action affecting ferry services, over 200 runners still rose to the initial challenge of just getting to Barra, before completing the 16th annual Barrathon Half Marathon. Weather conditions were fair, with a tailwind helping runners for the first…

Transport Minister denies ferry privatisation claims

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Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Transport and Islands today issued the following statement, rebutting claims that Clyde & Hebrides ferry services are set to be privatised. He also says the Scottish Government is ‘100% committed’ to supporting these services in public…

Baby-friendly award for NHS Western Isles

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NHS Western Isles has been awarded a sought-after Baby Friendly Award and is the latest UK healthcare facility to win international recognition from Unicef (United Nation’s Children’s Fund). The award was presented to both hospital and community divisions during Breastfeeding Awareness Week…

Coll man is new crofting commission convener

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The Crofting Commission today announced the election of Colin Kennedy of Coll as its new Convener. The secret ballot, overseen by the Crofting Commission’s Chief Executive, came following the delegation of the selection of the new Convener to Commissioners by…

The Barrathon’s a runner

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They’re calling it the ‘Barrathon Special.’ With it in place, the annual Barra half marathon can get off its marks this Saturday. Ferry operator CalMac is running a special overnight sailing from Oban to Castlebay to ensure runners can make…