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NorthLink passenger ferry Hjaltland arriving at Lerwick Harbour. Photo: Shetland News

NORTHLINK has warned that its southbound sailing tonight (Wednesday) could be up to two hours late arriving due to the expected sea height and tide levels off Aberdeen.

Meanwhile the freight vessel Helliar in her journey north will not call at Kirkwall due to the weather conditions there but will sail to Lerwick directly where she is due at 2pm on Thursday.

The southbound Hildasay will also be two hours late in arriving in Aberdeen.

SHETLAND Tourism Association is encouraging local businesses operating in the sector to attend a one day conference at the museum and archives next month.

The Shetland tourism conference will reflect on the positive season just passed as well as the challenges facing the industry, while thinking ahead to the development of a new tourism strategy for the isles.

The event will provide an opportunity for networking, and to attend the AGM, which will be held immediately after the conference, at which there is an appeal for committee members and office bearers.

Interim chair Robina Barton said: “The tourism industry in Shetland has had a fantastically busy season, but this comes with its own challenges, and the industry is facing changes and new requirements in terms of legislation, licensing and climate change concerns.”

Anyone who would like to register for the conference on 15 November should contact

Coinneach MacLeaod, aka The Hebridean Baker.

SHETLAND’s annual food and drink shindig, the Taste of Shetland festival, is on this weekend at the Clickimin Leisure Complex.

This two-day festival brings together live entertainment, culinary inspiration and some of the finest food and beverages Shetland has to offer.

Top headliner this year is the Hebridean Baker, an international best-selling culinary artist who will give baking demonstrations on Saturday and on Sunday.

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Chair of Shetland Food and Drink Marian Armitage said: “Come and join us in celebrating our delicious local produce, meet the people behind the fishing, crofting, growing, preserving, and baking. Listen to their stories, savour their food, and support their hard work.”

More information and the full programme of events and demonstrations can be found here.

LOGANAIR has renewed its partnership with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) for a third consecutive year.

The airline has raised more than £17,000 for the charity through various fundraising activities and has been working with the organisation since 2021 to provide free flights for the charity’s care team, allowing them to provide specialist support to families.

Among those who have received support from the partnership is the Morris family from Shetland.

In July, Loganair helped CHAS deliver vital services to the family as nurses Michelle Milne and Beth Main toured the island with 13-year-old Harrison Morris, providing valuable respite for his loved ones.

Loganair’s chief commercial officer Luke Lovegrove said: “We are committed to working with CHAS to provide free travel for their palliative care nurses visiting families who are unable to travel.”

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