Local News for Thursday 25th October 2018

The Highlands and islands have been named one of the top regions in the World for travellers in 2019. The region receives the accolade in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 publication.

The islands earned their place as a must-see destination for 2019 thanks, in part, to the whisky boom, which has seen new distilleries open in the region. They offer “a great introduction to one of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe”. The area’s “innovative and fast-developing” accommodation sector is also highlighted, from purpose-built campervan parking spots to designer cottages modelled on ancient buildings; which make visiting remote areas “easier than ever”.

Unmissable experiences in the region recommended by Lonely Planet’s experts include:
Climbing the iconic peak of Suilven following the repair and upgrade of its footpath
Savouring the region’s sought-after seafood at one of the Highlands and islands’ restaurants such like Skye’s Oyster Shed or Lewis’s Scallop Shack, joining a nature-watching trip to discover the wealth of wildlife, from red deer, golden eagles and otters to whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

Mr Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, 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 in Na h-Eileanan an Iar.

Congratulating the organisation, Mr Angus MacNeil said:

“I’m delighted to hear that Befriending Lewis has been successful in securing funds for a special arts project – ‘Breakthrough for the Housebound.’ from Postcode Community Trust

“My thanks must go to the volunteers at Befriending Lewis who give their time and energy to help others and to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery as this award will make a real difference to the local community.”

The next opportunity for groups to apply for funding will be early in 2019. For more information, visit the trusts website: www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

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 underway 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 EU LEADER towards the £650,000 project.
Located 500m from Uig Lodge, the new restaurant will have dramatic views across Uig Sands.

Dickon and Elly moved to Uig seven years ago and have seen a big increase in the number of visitors to local attractions in Uig such as the Uig Museum and café, Abhainn Dearg Distillery, Gallan Head, marine activities and numerous beaches. It is estimated that 20,000 people now visit Uig each year.

The Uig Sands Restaurant is due to be completed in around six weeks, with a soft opening planned prior to Christmas. Seumas Macdonald has been appointed as head chef and other staff will be recruited over the next few months.