Scrabster set to welcome cruise ship

29th June 2015 from

Scrabster is set to welcome its second cruise ship of the summer when hundreds of passengers are set to arrive at the port on Sunday. The Minerva will dock at the deep-water Queen Elizabeth Pier from Invergordon before heading for Stornoway. Highland Council have laid on free buses between the…

Estrella rock the crowd at Download Festival

29th June 2015 from

Thurso band Estrella played the gig of a lifetime when they performed on stage at the biggest heavy metal music festival in the UK. Over 90,000 fans attended the Download Festival at Donnington Park as Estrella played on the Doghouse Stage. The band which consists of Thurso brothers Paul, Luke…

Wick High’s app-lication wins over judges

23rd June 2015

Pupils from Wick High School have come up trumps in a dragon’s den style competition to design problem-solving apps. The Highlands and Islands ‘Apps for Good’ final took place today when 30 schools from across the region pitched their products via live videos to a panel of judges based at…

Preferred contractor announced for NDA Nuclear Archive

23rd June 2015 from

NDA Archives Ltd, an NDA subsidiary, has named Crimson as its preferred contractor to set up and manage the UK’s new Nuclear Archive when the building is constructed. Crimson will be responsible for the safe and secure transport and storage of 70 years-worth of historic information from all of the…

Have your say on Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan

22nd June 2015

A consultation is being launched on a plan that will be used to guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters. Members of the public will soon have the opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan. The Marine Spatial Plan has been developed by a working group…

Beatrice Offshore Wind in support of Wick RNLI Open Day

22nd June 2015

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (BOWL) showed support for this year’s Wick Lifeboat Station’s RNLI Open Day on Saturday 20 June at Wick Harbour. The free annual event offered, as always, a fun family day out with local food and drink stalls, games and an opportunity to meet the local…

Flag day planned to mark unveiling of winning design

17th June 2015 from John O'Groat Journal

An annual Caithness Day has been mooted to celebrate the impending creation of the county’s first modern-day flag. It is one of a number of spin-offs which could result from the raising of what will be the first registered area flag on the Scottish mainland. A judging panel met on…

Heritage restored at tourist destination by North Highland College UHI students

11th June 2015

Students based at the North Highland College UHI’s Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC) in Thurso have recently refurbished and re-installed an old hand winch at John O Groats Harbour by the First and Last shop. Although the winch has not been restored back to working order for safety reasons…

Wick’s PPP leads new jobs scheme

11th June 2015 from

Pultneytown People’s Project (PPP) is to launch a new employment programme in Wick later this month. The course, which starts on Monday, June 15, will help people get a qualification and work experience. PPP chief executive Katrina MacNab said: “The course helps people who genuinely want to gain employment, gain…

Thurso Swimming Pool Contract Awarded For Major Upgrade

10th June 2015

High Life Highland has announced that the contract to provide new improved facilities at Thurso Swimming Pool has been awarded to local contractor O’Brien Construction Ltd. The project jointly funded by The Highland Council and sportscotland will see a total investment of £2.7M in the facility providing a new gym/fitness…

Allocation of additional funding for Highland roads, bridges and flood alleviation schemes

7th June 2015

On Wednesday 3 June 2015 Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee members agreed the final allocation of capital funds for road improvements, bridges and flood prevention schemes for the next three years. The additional funding is over and above that currently allocated for named major projects including the Westlink, Inshes Junction,…

Torque experts launch EnerQuip

2nd June 2015

EnerQuip, a new oil and gas services business being launched in Aberdeen, is expected to create 16 jobs. The business, which is to make an initial investment commitment of £6m, has been established to provide torque machines and associated services to the drilling and downhole tools sectors. Initially located in…

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