The Isle of Skye is one of the jewels in the crown of Scottish Tourism. The Skyetime Podcast aims to celebrate Skye, the amazing array of visitor-facing businesses, the culture, history, geography and people of the island. It will demonstrate why Skye should be on everyone's 'bucket list' and provide ideas to help visitors experience more of what the island has to offer. Skyetime is hosted by Simon Cousins, a broadcaster with over thirty years experience who lives on Skye and works with local organisations to promote the island and individual businesses. Skyetime (the brand) is an initiative of SkyeConnect - the Destination Management Organisation for Skye and neighbouring areas.
SKYETIME PODCAST - 24TH FEBRUARY 2022 - TACKLING THE HOUSING ISSUE
In the latest edition of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins and guests look at the affordable housing crisis in Skye and Lochalsh. The destination management organisation for Skye - SkyeConnect - has commissioned the most extensive research ever undertaken on the issue on the island. The lack of affordable housing is not only a major problem for islanders wanting a home, it is believed to be stifling economic growth in the area. To mark the launch of the Business Housing Needs survey, Simon talks to SkyeConnect Director, Clare Winskill, Neil Clapperton and Iain McIvor of the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association and Duncan Stewart of 56 degree Insight, the Edinburgh Consultancy commissioned to conduct the research.
The survey which can be found at https://skyeandlochalsh.com/ is open until the middle of March.
SKYETIME - NIGEL PATTERSON, West Highland College - 15TH NOVEMBER 2021
In the latest episode of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins looks at some of the issues surrounding the employment crisis facing the hospitality sector. His guest is the business development manager of West Highland College, Nigel Patterson. Nigel talks about their new approach to linking the college with local businesses and the assistance available for companies looking to recruit or train staff.
SKYETIME PODCAST - SKYE RANGER SERVICE - 13TH AUGUST 2021
In the latest edition of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins meets members of the Highland Council Ranger service who have been working on Skye this summer. Nic Bullivant and Kris Pohl are two of the three Rangers who have to cover Skye's vast land mass helping and advising visitors and dealing with anti-social behaviour.
SKYETIME PODCAST - FAIRY POOLS - 12th JULY 2021
In the latest edition of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins visits Glenbrittle for the formal opening of the new carpark and toilet facilities at the Fairy Pools. The project has been made possible through a unique collaboration between the Minginish Community Hall Association, Forestry and Land Scotland, the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, Highland Council and the Scottish Government. The official opening was conducted by local MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes.
SKYETIME PODCAST - 9TH APRIL 2021 - GORDON CAMPBELL GRAY, THE WEE HOTEL COMPANY
In the latest edition of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins talks to Gordon Campbell Gray, owner of The Wee Hotel Company that includes The Three Chimneys on Skye.
Gordon's career has taken him around the world establishing 5 Star luxury hotels in places such as Beirut, Bahrain and Liberia. When he decided he wanted to spend more time Scotland he established The Wee Hotel Company and bought the Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin, followed by The Three Chimneys.
In the interview, Gordon talks about his career, his management ethos and his plans for the business when the hotels reopen later this month.
This episode of the Skyetime Podcast is sponsored by Torabhaig Distillery and there's a chance to win a bottle of their first malt - the Torabhaig Legacy 2017.
SKYETIME - 19TH MARCH 2021 - MARK SEALEY AND THE TALISKER TRANSATLANTIC ROWING CHALLENGE
In the latest episode of the Skyetime Podcast, Simon Cousins talks to Atlantic Rower, Mark Sealey who last month completed the Talisker Transatlantic Challenge, carrying the new Skye flag on the transom of the Force Genesis boat. His four-person team completed the 2800 nautical miles from La Gomera to Antigua in fifty days, despite significant technical problems along the way. In the interview, Mark talks about the physical and mental challenges of the journey including a scary encounter with an eighteen foot long Blue Marlin!
The Skye sponsors of the Force Genesis team were:
Macleod and MacCallumCuillin Hills HotelSitekitSpindrift Boat TripsSonas CollectionThe ChippyJansvansSkyeConnect