The Skye Magazine is an exciting insight into Skye and Raasay, as well as providing information on new up-and-coming businesses, and new ventures on the island. The Skye Magazine in its printed form, appears once a year from May, and thousands are distributed throughout the islands.

And the on-line edition - below - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click download, enjoy learning about the beautiful isles of Skye and Raasay, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

New Green twist for café’s service

By Roz Macaskill

Sparks fly in the wood-fired oven, as another of Cafe Sia's trademark pizzas bubbles to perfection.

The Broadford-based cafe has been delivering Scottish food with an Italian twist to the island since 2014 – and cafe director, Tom Eveling, says 2018 will be a year of exciting changes.

Part of those changes include a drive to make the cafe more eco-friendly. Solar panels will be introduced to heat water and the arrival of an induction hob will reduce the amount of gas consumed.

Tom plans to add a further aspect to the business – one that will combine pizza with accommodation. Tom states: “I stay in Broadford and I am planning to turn a bothy, in my back garden, into a place to stay. It will be able to sleep one to two people and anyone who stays beyond two nights will get a free pizza!”

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From throat singing to jazz theatre…

By Roz Macaskill

Mongolian throat singers, jazz theatre and traditional music – all and some more will be brought to you this year from SEALL.
SEALL (Skye Events for All) have been entertaining locals and visitors since 1991 with over 1,808 events! Their eclectic range includes opera, traditional music, jazz, comedy and theatre. Over 70 events have been booked for the year-round programme in 2018, many of which will feature in the Skye Festival.

The Skye Festival/Fèis an Eilein will take place between 3 July and 21 August 2018. The line-up includes ceilidhs, opera, jazz, piping and singing.

Duncan MacInnes, the Artistic Director, says the performance he is most looking forward to is that of the Mongolian Anda Union Singers in late May.

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Art aims to mark the pace of history

Two artists presented ideas for a Crofters’ Memorial for Staffin during a week in March 2018 with a showcase of work at Staffin Community Hall.

Since 2014, ATLAS Arts has been working with the Staffin Community Trust/Urras An Taobh Sear and the community to explore what a contemporary memorial that acknowledges the historically significant crofters’ land struggle in the Staffin area could be.

ATLAS Arts is a visual arts organisation dedicated to commissioning contemporary arts, culture, heritage, and education and is based in the Isle of Skye.

In 2017, following an open call for applications, sculptor Henry Castle, based in Windsor, and design collective Lateral North based in Glasgow were selected. Over the last 12 months both have spent several weeks in Skye conducting research.

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The colours of cleanliness

From the edge of the world, the Isle of Skye Soap Company was founded, its aim - to provide hand crafted aromatherapy soap, without colouring and using only the purest essential oils.

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Expanding choice for visitors and Islanders…

By Roz Macaskill

James Robertson says he aims to add something fresh and dynamic to Skye's visitor experience – and with the Isle of Skye Candle Company and Deli Gasta in Broadford, and his recent take over of the Clan Donald restaurant and bar in Armadale, it seems he is succeeding.

Deli Gasta’s recent TripAdvisor reviews include:
"Lovely ambience with great coffee and food."
"Very friendly staff, lovely hot coffee and delicious lemon sponge."
"Best location in Broadford."
"The Old Mill has an excellent atmosphere for the traveller who wants to break the journey."

James transformed the old mill into a unique dining space, which has recently undergone exciting renovations. Since its opening in 2016, the deli has become a popular stop for casual lunch and coffees, with a friendly atmosphere and a dog-welcoming mantra.

James aims to source local ingredients whenever possible. A delicious range of fresh Hebridean seafood, Arran cheese and local baking are all on offer. The deli also caters to pescatarian and vegetarian visitors, with a carefully curated menu of daily specials, sandwiches, soups and home baking.

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