Slideshow: Week in pictures 12-3-15

The Crown Hotel in Stornoway is to re-open this summer with the public bar due to open its doors later this month.

The Stornoway town centre hotel has been closed for more than a year but work is underway to complete a refurbishment.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and HIE are setting up a company through which to pursue an Outer Hebrides Spaceport based in Stornoway.

Stornoway Airport owners and operators, Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, said last week that they will not pursue the bid themselves.

HIAL confirmed that they would assist potential operators by providing technical assistance and logistical support, and this was welcomed by Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell.

The Stornoway Trust have announced the appointment of a Transition Director to ensure success for the Trust’s long-term business interests.

The appointment is part of a successful bid by the Stornoway Trust for Heritage Lottery Fund Transition Funding.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar formally raised the Commonwealth Flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day on Monday.

Lord Lieutenant, Alexander Matheson read out a message from the Queen.

Harris company Kilda Cruises sailed to victory at the Scottish Thistle Awards last week picking up the award for Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience.

They beat off stiff competition from companies throughout Scotland to pick up the award sponsored by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

Globetrotting Celtic fusion band Shooglenifty will continue their 25th anniversary celebrations this summer at the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

The Edinburgh-based seven-piece, known as ‘acid croft’ pioneers, were on the bill at the first HebCelt in 1996 and will be one of the main acts on the Island Stage as part of the 20th island festival from 15-18 July in Stornoway.

Sgoil na Pàirc have been learning about Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight. Primary 5-7 learnt about Fairtrade and how it helps the farmers earn a fair wage.

SRAC’s runners took part in two very different events hundreds of miles apart in very different weather conditions last weekend.

SRAC ‘Young Guns’ Michael MacMillan and Connor MacLean made the journey to Birmingham for the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships as part of a team of only four picked to represent Scotland North.

The event also doubled as the UK senior and Under 20 team selections for the World Cross Championships in China.

For the fourth year in a row the Nicolson Institute have secured a semi-final berth in the Schools Scottish Cup.

And their run to the final four this year boasts an incredible umblemished defensive record without a single goal conceded thus far.

The phenomenal squad have also confirmed a semi-final spot in the North of Scotland Cup with the girls keen to hang on to the precious trophies, both of which they won in 2014.

Kerry MacPhee was back on her bike this weekend for her first race of the new season as she earned 8th place in the Copa Catalana Internacional.

The Kilphedar athlete, who famously represented Scotland at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, was part of the Scotland squad which jetted off to the Spanish resort of Girona for a 10-day training camp and place in the prestigious race.