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There is some great news for tourism on the island with the announcement that the new walking and cycling route the Hebridean Way will be officially opened in March.

The 185-mile trail is bound to bring even more visitors to our shores and consequently will bolster the local economy. Find out more in our front page story turning to page 5.

The vulnerabilities of Islands and the unique difficulties they faced was raised by MEPs at the European Commission this week when a new resolution was passed to help Island regions address their handicaps. Find out more on page 1 turning to page 3.

Aberdeen student Rosie Rayment had a lucky find in Harris whilst out surfing last week when she found a message in a bottle which had travelled all the way from the Bahamas. Find out more in our page 4 story.

A proud Island family who had petitioned for their relative, the late Murdo Macleod, to receive an Arctic Star Medal in recognition of his war service had run up gainst a brick wall as the MoD couldn’t find the relevant records.

However, this week we reveal how MP Angus Macneil helped their cause and feature the awarding of the medal and Captain Macleod’s story on page 7.