New ferry discount for Blue Badge holders

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Disabled drivers are to get a 25% discount on their ferry fares from the autumn. The concession was announced today by Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay. He said the new 25% discount for Blue Badge holders will be…

North Uist Highland Games 2015 Results

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North Uist Highland Gathering 2015 Held at Balelone Farm, North Uist on Friday July 24 PIPING TROPHIES   Sir Roderick MacDonald Trophy : Under 18  March & S & R :     Calum Craib   and Anndra MacIsaac   (TIE) Mulhagery Trophy: Under…

Warning of more doorstep scams in Western Isles

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Trading Standards at CNES regularly receive complaints from consumers who are cold called by unscrupulous traders offering their services . The Traders sell a wide range of goods from kitchen knives, power washers and generators to services such as roof…

Norma’s Gaelic page turner hits the shelves

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By Katie Laing THE latest release into  Acair’s ‘Aiteal’ series of new Gaelic fiction — a critically acclaimed and prize-winning fourth novel by Lewis writer Norma Macleod — has hit the shelves. Norma’s new book, An Dosan, took the prestigious Donald…

SOUTH UIST GAMES 2015 RESULTS

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South Uist Games 2015 RESULTS Piping: Chanter Competition: Beginners: 1st Martin Sinclair Open: 1st Joseph Nicholson 2nd Alana Beaton 3rd Calum Macmillan Novice Piping: 1st Eilidh MacPhee 2nd Kevin Beaton 3rd William Brass 4th Leanna Steele Under 15 Piping March:…

Alexander McCall Smith arrives in North Uist

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The author Alexander McCall Smith and his party arrived at Comann Na Mara Lochmaddy Marina last night aboard their yacht Puffin. Mr McCall Smith is a global phenomenon through his prolific and endearing tales of the No 1 Ladies Detective…

MacNeil votes against Welfare Reform Bill

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Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has voted against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill in the House of Commons as it went through its second reading. The Tory Government’s bill was ultimately passed at its second stage by 308 to…

Council E-bikes now available in Orkney

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New electric bikes are now available for hire in Orkney as part of a green travel project. The E-bikes initiative is part of the Council’s wider Smarter Choices, Smarter Places project.  It has attracted £50,000 from Transport Scotland’s Smarter Choices,…

Tribute to late Scalpay councillor

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The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has paid tribute to former Councillor for the Scalpay, Bays, and Harris East, Electoral Wards, Donald MacDonald, who died on Sunday (July 19) aged 68. Donald was elected to the Comhairle in 1990 serving…

Royal support for isles abbatoirs

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A new project set up by The Prince of Wales hopes to safeguard the future of abattoirs on seven Scottish islands in order to protect local agriculture, jobs and businesses. The Sustaining Island Abattoirs in Scotland Project has launched and will…

Gaelic heard at HebCelt thanks to local students

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A group of Gaelic speaking students has been making sure the language is seen and heard regularly during this year’s HebCelt. The festival has always been a strong supporter of the Gaelic culture and during the 20th anniversary event students…

Fèis Thiriodh : celebrating 25 years in style

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As the last notes of the final strip-the-willow echoed out over the Crossapol shore, exhausted Fèis Thiriodh committee members looked back over a packed and successful festival that celebrates the island’s music and culture. 2015 was the 25th year of…