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DEAR DIARY !

New Year 2021

A very Happy New Year to all our readers of this website.

Take Care and Stay safe

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Monday, 4th January 2021

For the statistically curious these are the Litter totals for 2020, which are considerably lower due to Lockdowns imposed due to CV-19:

KYLEAKIN VILLAGE (1st January - 25th December)

Total Litter collected = 65 bags

Total Dog Poos collected = 41 bags

Total Cigarette Ends collected = 2,854

Total KEG Volunteer Hours = 82 hours 20 minutes

OTHER AREAS

Total Litter Collected = 1 bag

Total Dog Poos collected = 0 bags

Total Cigarette Ends collected = 0

Total KEG Volunteer Hours = 1 hours

Other Areas include the Sconser Ferry area. 

DEAR DIARY continues after the photos below...

 

The Obe in Winter
The Obe in Winter
Viewed from across the Stepping Stones at low tide
The Obe at Low Tide
The Obe at Low Tide
On very low tides The Obe nearly dries out!
Kyleakin Play Park
Kyleakin Play Park
Thanks to the Kyleakin PTA, children now have a great new Play Park in Olaf Road
Operation Joint Warrior 2013
Operation Joint Warrior 2013
The Royal Norwegian Navy ~ S304 Uthaug passing Eilean Ban towards The Skye Bridge
Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band
Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band
Playing on The Corran on the evening of 10th June 2013
Memorial to Andrew Gordon
Memorial to Andrew Gordon
This Memorial Tablet is located at the Old Telescope by the Foreshore and is in remembrance of Andrew Gordon who tragically died in 2015 whilst out swimming by The Skye Bridge
Vectis Osprey at Kyle of Lochalsh
Vectis Osprey at Kyle of Lochalsh
This 8500 tonne UK Registered Cargo Vessel docked in early May to unload some truly enormous blades (57m long) for the 66 turbine Wind Farm at Stronelairg near Fort Augustus
Vectis Osprey at Kyle of Lochalsh
Vectis Osprey at Kyle of Lochalsh
The truck beds used telescope out for these really long loads
The Skye Bridge & Eilean Ban Lighthouse
The Skye Bridge & Eilean Ban Lighthouse
Viewed from Hill of the Red Fox
Tom Leppard
Tom Leppard
Known as the Leopard Man of Skye, Tom died in June 2016 aged 80 years
Marine Harvest - Kyleakin Quarry
Marine Harvest - Kyleakin Quarry
Drilling and installing piles - May 2017
New Housing Site off Olaf Road
New Housing Site off Olaf Road
Abelard aka Hemmy
Abelard aka Hemmy
Asleep in his other many Snooze Haunts
Charles Cameron Place in Kyleakin
Charles Cameron Place in Kyleakin
New housing development off Olaf Road - see above
Parking Regulations in Kyleakin
Parking Regulations in Kyleakin
New Parking Regulations came into force in 2019
MOWI Kyleakin
MOWI Kyleakin
The new Fish Feed Plant viewed from Hill of the Red Fox
The MOWI Salmon Wagon
The MOWI Salmon Wagon
Further info from: mowisalmonwagon.co.uk
Huge scale of the Fish Feed Plant
Huge scale of the Fish Feed Plant
Standing below something that is over seven storeys high!
The Control Room
The Control Room
It only takes a crew of four persons to operate the Fish Feed Plant
Gull Chicks on the Kyleakin 'Dolphins'
Gull Chicks on the Kyleakin 'Dolphins'
Gull Chicks stopped demolition Works

Monday, 4th January 2021

As this is written the whole of the UK is about to enter Temporary Lockdown to try and control the spread of the new variant to CV-19, from midnight tonight.

For further imformation on the implications of this please see our LINKS page.

Thursday, 14th January 2021

We have been asked by a number of voluntary groups in the area as to the position regarding Litter Picking as part of daily exercise and below is the response from the Keep Britain Tidy organisation:

"Following the government announcement of a national lockdown, we are all being asked to stay at home. Stricter and legally enforceable rules on outdoor activity are now in place. There are prescribed reasons for being outdoors, which do include provision of voluntary and charitable services and for the purposes of exercise (but only once a day).

However, it’s not clear from the government’s guidance whether volunteer litter picking, would be covered by either of these criteria. Therefore, taking a precautionary approach, we are asking all our volunteers to pause any organised litter picking events until further notice. Should you choose to pick up litter on your daily exercise, please ensure you do so safely and, in line with the latest government guidance, you should only undertake outdoor activity as an individual, with one other person or with members of your own household/support bubble, while maintaining social distancing at all times.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation."

Monday, 8th February 2021

Kyleakin residents may be experiencing low water pressure at present, due to a burst water main nearby.  From the Scottish Water website:

Posted: Monday 8th February 2021 - 10:00hrs

Next Update: Monday 8th February 2021 - 14:00hrs

We are currently repairing a burst water pipe which is causing the interruption to the water supply for customers in Kyleakin Isle of Skye IV41.

The full repair will take an estimated 4 hours from now to complete.

The water supply will gradually return to normal for customers once the repair has been completed.

While we carry out the repair please be aware that you may experience no water supply, low / intermittent pressure or discoloured water.

At present we expect to complete the repair in a timeframe which means we do not plan to provide bottled at distribution locations.

If you have any problems please contact Scottish Water.

Friday, 9th April 2021

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Prince Philip, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully at Windsor Castle in London aged 99 years.

Prince Philip was not only an excellent Naval Commander but also an inspiration to all that served under and beside him.  In later years he went onto found the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme that saw thousands of youngsters gain confidence and integrity in undergoing treks and activities that have made them the Men (and Women) of today.

The Duke of Edinburgh was not only an Environmentalist but actively involed in Conservation throughout the World and he will be sadly missed.

God Bless You Sir.

Saturday, 24th April 2021

The rather interesting Works in the main Car Park at Kyleakin have finally revealed themselves.  We now have a pair of e-Vehicle Recharging Points, which whilst not yet functioning, will be an asset to the future of this area.

A huge thanks to The Highland Council, Boyd Brothers and all who have made this possible.

On a secondary note - it was delightful to see Arnie's Fish Shop so busy last night!

Monday, 17th May 2021

The Isle of Skye enters Level 2 today with Public Bars etc being opened for inside and socially distanced drinking and eating.  KEG have, to date, Litter Picked about 75% of the Village ready to welcome Visitors back.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021

It is interesting that the arrival of a large RN Vessel in the Sound, accompanied by two heavily armed cruisers, co-incided with a possibly gigantic drone bering flown over Kyleakin Village happened on the same day.

We have only seen these drones on a drawing board on the Discovery Channel, when the UK Military told us that they don't exist.  

Why were all Fishing Vessels told they couldn't enter the area by RN if they didn't leave the Souund, yet our residents of this Village were given no warning these manouveres were due to take place?

Sunday, 18th July 2021

From the BBC News Scotland:

Work to remove old harbour structures at a harbour in Skye has been halted after nesting gulls were found.

The berthing structures at Kyleakin harbour were part of the island's ferry service which ended in 1995 when the Skye Bridge opened.

Three nesting chicks were found when contractors arrived at the weekend.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), which owns the harbour infrastructure, said the work would now be postponed until September.

The demolition of the structures - known as dolphins - was due to start on Monday. It is being carried out by Orkney-based Leask Marine Ltd.

Brian Sydney, a senior engineer at CMAL, said: "The area was checked for wildlife during the initiation phase, but clearly the birds have set-up home in the intervening period.

"We can't move or disturb the chicks, so we have decided the best and most efficient action is to return to site later in the summer after the chicks have flown the nest.

"Timings have yet to be confirmed, but it's likely we will return in September."

All birds' nests in the UK are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

See Photograph above.

Wednesday, 28th July 2021

Sadly, during Litter Picking this afternoon, a third dead seal pup was recovered from Kyleakin Foreshore.  This one had no obvious injuries but due to the condition was securely bagged and disposed of.

OBITUARY NOTICE

Sadly, on the 21st July last Jenny Strachan (only daughter of Flora Strachan, of Kyleakin & beloved partner of Graham Budge) passed away after a short illness at Raigmore Hospital.

Jenny was one in a million and will be sadly missed not only throughout the Fishing Community but also through her many friends and family.

Safe Journey Lass.

Tuesday, 17th August 2021

A member of the KEG Litter Crew tested Positive for CV-19 on the 14th  last.  As KEG are the Litter Crew for this Viillage can we ask all Visitors to use the Village Bins as appropriate, whilst those of use involved in Litter Picking self isolate.  Thank you.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021

Visitors to Kyleakin will notice a change to the seascape in the Harbour area as the former 'dolphins' (structures used to tie up the island Ferry) have now been removed.

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