Slideshow: Week in Pictures 18-9-14

Two Stornoway fire-fighters joined a crew of 19 volunteers who motored through Europe to donate life saving emergency vehicles to Moldova.

John Campbell, Watch Manager at Stornoway Fire Station, and Ian Murray, Crew Manager, were part of a crew which delivered six fully-equipped fire engines, two ambulances and a huge range of life-saving equipment to the eastern European state.

The two, and Charlie Nicolson of Lewis Blythswood, who has been a big fundraiser for Moldova, were presented with certificates of thanks at a ceremony in the country but John insists there is more to be done.

NHS Western Isles has the highest percentage of cancelled hospital appointments across the whole of Scotland it has been revealed.

In total, 13.6% of all meetings were cancelled by the health board in the three months leading up to June, a figure that had been described by Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie McGrigor as “disturbing”.

The health board has said it will review the figures, uncovered by the Scottish Conservatives, as a “matter of priority” amid concern islanders are getting a raw deal.

An independent study has revealed a new estimate that doubles the predicted amount of untapped oil and gas off the Scottish coast.

The findings of the study predict that the west coast could provide oil and gas for at least 100 years, with an estimated value of more than £1 trillion.

Marine mammal activity sighted from Tiumpan head in Point has proven to be one of the best-kept secrets of island wildlife enthusiasts.

The Shorewatch scheme of WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation was first set up on Lewis 2011, and since then at least 15 different species have been observed by members of the team from Tiumpan Head.

The Shorewatch team do 10 minute watches all year round in an effort to monitor the presence of cetaceans, sharks and other marine activity in the area.

Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway has been able to purchase a new van, to collect essential medical and nursing supplies, thanks to a grant from NHS Western Isles.

Kerry MacPhee pedalled back onto the podium this week as the cycling star stormed to glory to win the Scottish Cycling National Cross Country Championship title.

Just a few weeks after riding for Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games Kerry, from Kilphedar, South Uist, rode to glory to take the national title in Dumfries and Galloway.