There's something relaxing about the newly-opened Hebridean Barbers in Point Street.


Maybe it's the warm welcome from joint-owners, Jessie Ann Maciver and Naomi Mackinnon. Or it could be the complementary tea and coffee offered to the duo's customers.  It might even be the play area, designed to keep children amused and parents relaxed.


Naomi reveals: "We thought there was something missing in a lot of barber shops.  They weren't offering hot drinks.   They didn't have anywhere for children to run around and have fun.  We want to make the whole experience relaxing for children and parents."


Stornoway pharmacists KJ Macdonald “are giving back” to the local community with the installation of a defibrillator outside their Cromwell Street shop.

Shop owner Karen Macdonald said, “I became aware of an emergency incident locally where a defibrillator was needed. It made me think, if something was to occur on our premises how would we react and what would we do?”

“I didn’t know where the defibrillators were in Stornoway and in a situation like that the immediate reaction is always going to be panic.”

Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking, run by biology teacher Leigh Minion with help of her husband Gavin and daughter Kirsty Hart, had been a dream for many years.


And it was an inspection by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in late August last year which passed the premises and business for public safety and for the welfare of the horses, allowing them to start living the dream.


At the time both Leigh and Kirsty had also recently gained certification as ride leaders from the Trekking and Riding Society for Scotland.


Leigh said then: "We have been really well-supported by the riding stables at Balivanich in Benbecula, who have given us training, encouragement, advice and moral support. I really think we wouldn't have been able to do it without them."


The croft is now home to a steadily growing number of horses and ponies - 18-year-old black cob mare Ginti is the 'schoolmistress' whjo last summer returned to Leigh after two years on the mainland, rejoining her old stablemates as if she had never been away.



A design student who came up with an innovative physiotherapy tool for injured athletes has been heaped with more awards following her final year degree show.


University of Dundee student Jodie Sinclair, from Laxdale, was already flying high after winning venture funding for her invention, a lightweight ‘smartband’ called Theo, which helps measure muscle activity after injury.


From May 18th to 26th she was showing off her new business idea at the final year students’ degree show, after hearing that she’s been awarded first class honours in her BSc in product design. 

The County Hotel is set to launch their new Indian menu with chef Lalit’s focus on fresh, high quality ingredients promising to deliver authentic North Indian Cuisine to locals and visitors alike. 


Lalit’s culinary journey has seen him travel the world. Starting as an apprentice with the Indian Hotel Company, he has worked in Australia and most recently Malta where he spent the last eight years.

Speaking on the move to Stornoway Lalit said, “I’ve come to Stornoway for my family; I’m going to go home to India in October and bring them here, I’d read about Stornoway before I arrived and I want to make a good life for my family here.”


Lalit continued discussing how he had found working in the County so far, “When you’ve been a chef for 20 years adapting to a new place is no problem. When you have a passion for food you can cook any food in any place.”