The Outer Hebrides Food Tourism Strategy is one of 21 projects awarded funding to promote locally-sourced food and drink. The projects will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund. Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon, announced the funding on a visit to IJ Mellis Cheesemonger in Edinburgh recently.

Christina Morrison of Outer Hebrides Tourism said: "We established a food trail - Eat Drink Hebrides - three years ago to help promote local food on the islands. This funding will allow us to take the next step in strengthening this network and grow on the profile of local food to better meet visitor needs.

"We wish to maximize the opportunities for our visitors to engage with our food by improving the information available to them, creating events for them to sample local produce and looking into the market for opportunities of food & drink experiences on the islands, some of which may already be weaved into our culture.

Development can go ahead around Stornoway Airport, following a decision by Scotland’s highest court. 

A Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd spokesman said: “It has always been our intention to develop this land, not for profit, but to create affordable, high-quality homes that would benefit local people. 

“From the outset we have believed that our position was the correct one and we are thankful the Court of Session has agreed with us. 

“It has been a long process to reach where have arrived at today and the decision confirms the whole of the airport is free of crofting rights and we are now free to proceed with our plans.”

Everything the Innovation Centre at Lews Castle College UHI was set up to achieve – helping would-be inventors and entrepreneurs turn their good ideas into marketable products – can be seen in the students who are using its facilities to make their mark on the world.

None more so than Lewis man Alick Maclean – a 40-year-old engineering student from Ranish, Lochs, who won two awards at the University of the Highlands and Islands Business Competition during February in Inverness.

Alick, who is in the final year of his BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree, won the Best Engineer Award and Best Design Award for a new design concept of boat trailer. His trailer uses components thought to have never been used before in trailers, to make it much easier to load and unload boats from the trailers without the need for so much manpower.

Millions of £s of capital spending projects on the isle of Lewis are expected to go ahead following approval from the Government in Edinburgh during February. 

The Government spending is expected to attract in £4.5m of additional from private and public sources.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said that it “welcomes the successful applications to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF). 

Hundreds of journalists and media workers - and their guests – gathered at the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness on Friday 7 February for the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards.

Principal sponsors Diageo were joined by Statkraft, Quatro PR, the National Union of Journalists, Chivas Brothers, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Hub North Scotland in supporting the event which has been taking place for more than 30 years.

Winner of the award for Best Use of Digital Media, particularly through its coverage of the Iolaire commemorations, was Stornoway Media Centre, for the work of welovestornoway.com