Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 4th August 2020

Peat and Diesel help the NHS

NHS Western Isles has joined forces with popular musicians Peat and Diesel to relaunch a music video with some key health messages on how to keep the islands safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aimed as a message to both islanders and visitors alike, the anthemic production - titled My lsland - presents some stunning video footage of the Western Isles (as well as other Scottish islands), whilst also incorporating some important safety messages.

NHS Western Isles chief executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “This music video presents the perfect blend of uplifting local music and stunning island imagery to highlight our very special islands and how to keep us all safe during this pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to Peat and Diesel for teaming up with us to highlight these messages and to Calum J. MacLeod for editing what is an incredible video.”

Peat and Diesel accordionist, Innes Scott, said the band were “delighted” to lend their support.

They hope “our music helps spread some important messages. We are very grateful for all the hard work the NHS is doing, especially during this particular time.”

The video is available at:


Camper van Facilities

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, NHS Western Isles and Outer Hebrides Tourism are reminding both visitors and islanders that a number of toilets and chemical toilet disposal points facilities that would normally be available in the islands are currently closed.

Toilet facilities are only open in certain locations and at reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing and hygiene measures.

The facilities run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in the main population centres are open, but most of the facilities in more remote areas are run by volunteers, trusts, or community organisations, some of which have been unable to adapt to the new operating requirements to control transmission of COVID-19 infection.

Camper van chemical toilet waste facilities are available at Castlebay, Eriskay, Lochboisdale,Berneray Harris, Urgha, Hushinish, Ardroil, Reef and Spors Nis

A Comhairle spokesperson said “We want everybody to be able to enjoy visiting the islands’ various beauty spots, however there have been increasing concerns raised about public toileting and litter.


Royal National Mod

The Virtual Royal National Mòd will be held in October. An Comunn Gàidhealach have announced that the entry deadline is now extended to the 21st August, .

The Mòd Officer, said, “With children now returning to schools in early August, we especially want to give schools more time to enter and take part in this year’s Mòd, so participants now have an extended period, until the 21st August to enter. We’re delighted with the effort people have gone to with their submissions so far, across the range of art-forms. The extended date for submissions now gives schools and pupils the extra opportunity to take part.”

James Graham, Chief Executive of An Comunn said, “It’s been a difficult year for the Arts and festivals like our own this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. None of us imagined that we would be holding our events online this year but being able to do so allows us to showcase the Gaelic Arts despite the current situation.”

Entries can be submitted on the An Comunn website