Monday, March 18, 2019
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Landowners in Skye and Lochalsh are reminded of their rights and responsibilities during muirburn season.

Last year emergency services on Skye attended several out of control muirburns, some of which caused considerable damage to land and forestry and requiring considerable resources from the Skye and further afield to bring fires under control.

In one case more than 30 sq km of commercial forestry was damaged.

Muirburn season runs from October 1 until April 15 inclusive in Scotland.

Advice has been issued to landowners, and includes making a burning plan before setting out.

A local hotel received a prestigious award yesterday (Sunday 17 March.)

Raasay House received recognition at the Prestige Hotel Awards, where the popular hotel picked up the "Best Hotel Under 50 Rooms in the West" award.

The Raasay House team commented: "Such a fantastic way the kick off the the season. Huge thanks to the awards judges and of course to our amazing team!"

Raasay House has been in existence since 1747 and has played host to famous guests such as Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell.  

The body of a man found in Newbridge is confirmed to be that of missing man, James Cornforth.

The 36-year-old had been reported missing after he left Ocean Terminal in Leith on Tuesday 5 February.

The search for him spread as far as Skye, where it was thought he was attempting to head for the Carbost area.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

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