Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 28th July 2020


NHS Western Isles is reminding members of the public that Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh (Uist and Barra Hospital) remains closed to the general public.
Only patients, those attending appointments, individuals identified as the Designated or Essential Visitor, or members of NHS staff should be attending the hospital at the current time. Neither the Dining Room or hospital toilet facilities are open to the public.


Members of the public are reminded that are Patient Travel Offices across the Western Isles remain closed to the public. But bookings can be made by contacting the Patient Travel Office for Lewis & Harris, Uist, and the Barra Travel Office by email. Or by telephone with staff available to take calls, 9-1pm and 2-4pm Monday to Friday



Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, has issued guidance permitting Churches to open for worship, providing numbers attending do not exceed 50 people.

Guidance includes that social distancing of 2 metres is maintained, balconies not to be used, contact details for all attendees to be recorded, no praise singing and a deep clean between services.

It is likely that the larger congregations, particularly in Stornoway, will remain closed for Sunday worship for the time being, as implementing social distancing restrictions and observing the maximum capacity of 50 people, will inevitably mean that many worshippers will have to be turned away



Misneachd the pressure group, which campaigns for Gaelic as a community language and for the rights and welfare of its speakers, has submitted a response to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill
Recommending that ‘minority language’ be adopted as a protected characteristic, in order to protect all linguistic minorities from language-based hate.
A spokesperson said “As a group that defends the rights and interests of Gaels and Gaelic speakers, we would like to see additional protection in this bill and/or other legislation for speakers of Gaelic and other minority languages.
As a Gaelic group we stand in solidarity with other minority language groups, including other indigenous languages of Scotland, migrant community languages, and other indigenous minority languages of the UK (Welsh, Irish, Cornish). This is an opportunity to extend protection and recognition to all linguistic minorities in society. In order to protect monolingual ‘safe spaces’ in which Gaelic and other minority languages are used and which are necessary for their continued social vitality”.



The European Project, Pericle have created an interactive, multimedia online mapping platform, that would allow people or organisations, to share and promote maritime and coastal heritage .

The project would like to work with community networks, museums, heritage organisations, community trusts, local interest groups and individuals

The online mapping portal can also be used to create heritage trails or to add heritage features to existing trails such as walking or kayaking routes along the coast.

More details on the Pericle project can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


The Westford Inn, Beer Garden in North Uist will host a Beer Festival this weekend. With beers from Small Independent Scottish Breweries available from two pm till late this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Booking required on

A spokesman said “Locals and visitors to North Uist will find a warm welcome with a new local event, with a range of the best of Scottish ales, in our beer garden. We aim to extend the visitor facilities in the Outer Hebrides, using our open air facility in this new era and make this an annual event”