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Lochinver lifeboat called out after yacht goes aground at Loch Laxford

27 June 2022
Lochinver lifeboat called out after yacht goes aground at Loch Laxford

Lochinver lifeboat called out after yacht goes aground at Loch Laxford

27 June 2022

The alarm was raised around 9pm on Saturday after a yacht with two people on board experienced engine failure.


Assynt mountain rescuers receive £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

24 June 2022
Assynt mountain rescuers receive £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

Assynt mountain rescuers receive £45k worth of Helly Hansen kit

24 June 2022

Mountain rescuers in Sutherland and Caithness have become key guinea pigs for the next generation of outdoor clothing in a deal worth around £45,000.


Hillwalker on Quinag rescued after group knocked off their feet by gust

19 June 2022
Hillwalker on Quinag rescued after group knocked off their feet by gust

Hillwalker on Quinag rescued after group knocked off their feet by gust

19 June 2022

A hillwalker has been rescued from a Sutherland mountain after being "flattened" by strong winds which swept the far north this weekend.


Three rescued from yacht in Loch Erribol

17 June 2022
Three rescued from yacht in Loch Erribol

Three rescued from yacht in Loch Erribol

17 June 2022

A yacht with three people on board was rescued in a major operation off Sutherland.


Sweet jobs on offer at Durness chocolatiers

04 June 2022
Sweet jobs on offer at Durness chocolatiers

Sweet jobs on offer at Durness chocolatiers

04 June 2022

It seems like the ultimate dream job – with a taste of the sweet life.


Rare 700-year-old coin discovered in Dornoch field

27 May 2022
Rare 700-year-old coin discovered in Dornoch field

Rare 700-year-old coin discovered in Dornoch field

27 May 2022

A rare coin dating back to Edward 1 has been unearthed in a Dornoch field.


'Mega rare' visitor spotted in the skies of Sutherland village

26 May 2022
'Mega rare' visitor spotted in the skies of Sutherland village

'Mega rare' visitor spotted in the skies of Sutherland village

26 May 2022

It is potentially only the second record north of the border after a previous sighting in July.


Orca pod spotted off north-west coast renews appeal for UK's only resident killer whales

23 May 2022
Orca pod spotted off north-west coast renews appeal for UK's only resident killer whales

Orca pod spotted off north-west coast renews appeal for UK's only resident killer whales

23 May 2022

Five orca spotted off the north-west coast were not part of a pod already known to the UK.


Garden plant gone wild risks future of climate hero ants

19 May 2022
Garden plant gone wild risks future of climate hero ants

Garden plant gone wild risks future of climate hero ants

19 May 2022

There's plants in your ants...


Carbisdale Castle goes on the market again

16 May 2022
Carbisdale Castle goes on the market again

Carbisdale Castle goes on the market again

16 May 2022

A landmark Sutherland castle is back on the market at a cut price with offers over £1.2 million now being asked.


Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

19 April 2022
Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

Fewer avalanches recorded after winter with relatively little snow

19 April 2022

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has ended this season's forecasts – with one of its lowest totals of snow slides.


Family of missing man (86) informed after body found near Kinlochbervie

06 April 2022
Family of missing man (86) informed after body found near Kinlochbervie

Family of missing man (86) informed after body found near Kinlochbervie

06 April 2022

The body of a man has been recovered after a major air, land and sea search in Sutherland.


Volunteer comes across unusual find at Balnakeil beach clean

07 March 2022
Volunteer comes across unusual find at Balnakeil beach clean

Volunteer comes across unusual find at Balnakeil beach clean

07 March 2022

The ball certainly went from tee to sea to weed before it was found by volunteer Elke Frotscher.


Prince Andrew 'no longer' honorary member of Royal Dornoch Golf Club

28 February 2022
Prince Andrew 'no longer' honorary member of Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Prince Andrew 'no longer' honorary member of Royal Dornoch Golf Club

28 February 2022

The Duke of York was just one of four living honorary members of Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Sutherland.


Stricken Kinlochbervie boat in nine-hour rescue operation

17 February 2022
Stricken Kinlochbervie boat in nine-hour rescue operation

Stricken Kinlochbervie boat in nine-hour rescue operation

17 February 2022

Kinlochbervie-based Loch Inchard III had a seven strong crew on board at the time.


Sutherland councillor slams 'ludicrous' cost of housing as four-bedroom property on NC500 route in Clachtoll goes on market at asking price of over £800k

04 February 2022
Sutherland councillor slams 'ludicrous' cost of housing as four-bedroom property on NC500 route in Clachtoll goes on market at asking price of over £800k

Sutherland councillor slams 'ludicrous' cost of housing as four-bedroom property on NC500 route in Clachtoll goes on market at asking price of over £800k

04 February 2022

The home is believed to be the most expensive of its type to go on the market in the area.


Durness recycling group holds out hope of coastal ranger service returning with prospect of new funding

07 January 2022
Durness recycling group holds out hope of coastal ranger service returning with prospect of new funding

Durness recycling group holds out hope of coastal ranger service returning with prospect of new funding

07 January 2022

The marine recycling group announced in November that it was ending the seasonal coastal ranger service.


Durness hit by 2.3 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day

04 January 2022
Durness hit by 2.3 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day

Durness hit by 2.3 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day

04 January 2022

There are roughly 200-300 quakes in Britain every year, but the vast majority are so small that no one notices them.


Decision to end Durness beach ranger project 'heartbreaking'

18 November 2021
Decision to end Durness beach ranger project 'heartbreaking'

Decision to end Durness beach ranger project 'heartbreaking'

18 November 2021

Durness based Plastic@Bay has said it can no longer fund the seasonal ranger service.


Dornoch native and ex-Royal Navy diver Chris Murray 'honoured' at special HMS Victory dinner invitation

03 November 2021
Dornoch native and ex-Royal Navy diver Chris Murray 'honoured' at special HMS Victory dinner invitation

Dornoch native and ex-Royal Navy diver Chris Murray 'honoured' at special HMS Victory dinner invitation

03 November 2021

The dinner next month is being billed as a night to celebrate Royal Navy diving in war and peace.


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