Residents of Great Bernera are to be among the first in the UK who will be able to order installation of the fastest fibre broadband connections currently available, it was announced on Wednesday August 28th.

A collaboration between BT Openreach and the £442 million Digital Scotland (DSSB) project means that 220 homes in Great Bernera have access to ‘full-fibre ultrafast broadband’, with speeds of 30 megabytes per second (30Mbps+). Previous download speeds were around 2Mbps.

The project partners announced that they had deployed gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) cable to a number of Outer Hebrides communities. The project has cost about £4,000 per household, with 90km of new fibre cables laid to serve Great Bernera and the isle of Grimsay in the Uists.

Scottish Rugby announced Walker Slater, in conjunction with Harris Tweed Hebrides, will be the Official Formalwear Partner for the next two seasons.

The historic fabric, handwoven, dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland from pure virgin wool, has been applied to a bespoke tweed in keeping with the rich rugby heritage and colours associated with the national team and governing body.

Ken Kennedy, former head designer at Harris Tweed Hebrides in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis, created the custom tweed to incorporate navy, purple and green in an exclusive design launched in 2016.


A love of Harris Tweed combined with a strong business head has helped Uig’s Campbell Scanlan come up with a durable idea for a future product.

 

Campbell, 23, grew up in Lewis, attending Uig primary school and The Nicolson Institute before heading off to Dundee – where a number of Lewis students are making names for themselves in the design world.

 

Campbell was no exception, completing a BSc in product design. Although he had an aptitude for making things, it wasn’t just the physical aspects of design that interested him – he was especially attracted to the crossover between interactive design and physical design. 

 

It’s been four years since Gallery 5, located in the crofting township of Tolsta Chaolais, just a few miles along the road from the Callanish Stones, first opened its doors to the public.

Owner and artist, Margaret Stevenson, says: "I enjoy meeting people and hearing their different stories.  I meet so many visitors, but so many islanders as well.  It's lovely to welcome new faces and returning visitors.

“Just recently, there was a woman in with her family.  She had been to Goldsmith’s College in London just after Damien Hirst attended and exploded onto the art world with his graduation show.  She said there was a real buzz about the place in the aftermath. I think it’s great to meet people and hear about their different lives and experiences.”  

The Scotland women’s football team will travel to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Harris Tweed style.

Edinburgh-based tailoring firm Walker Slater will supply the squad with Harris Tweed Hebrides jackets to wear as they fly out to France in June, ensuring the players and coaching staff look the part ahead of the biggest test of their careers.

The announcement sees Walker Slater continue their role as an official licensee of the Scottish FA, which has seen them exclusively retail the Scotland National Team Harris Tweed, designed and produced in Shawbost, since 2015.