Roads and schools update – Highland Council

Newhall Bridge, Black Isle
Damage to Newhall Bridge, Black Isle


Two Highland Council roads and 12 schools remain closed or affected today (Monday 12 January) following the severe weather.

Newhall Bridge B9163 on the Black Isle is closed until further notice, due to structural damage. Struie Hill Road B9176 remains closed due to fallen trees.

Struie Hill Road

Twelve Highland schools and nurseries were closed today due to loss of power, heating, or damage to property affecting some 1,057 pupils:

  • Banavie Primary and Nursery (no water/heating/power)
  • Brora Primary and Nursery (damage to school building)
  • Canisbay Primary and Nursery (no water/heating/power)
  • Crossroads Primary (no water/heating/power)
  • Farr High and Primary (Sutherland) (bad weather)
  • Kyleakin Primary and Nursery (damage to school building)
  • Kyleakin Primary Nursery (damage to school building)
  • Mallaig Primary and Nurseries (English Medium and Gaelic Medium) (damage to school building)
  • Melvich Primary and Nursery (bad weather)
  • Portree Primary (no water/heating/power)
  • Pulteneytown Primary and Academy Nursery (no water/heating/power)
  • Rogart Primary and Nursery (no water/heating/power)

 The Black Isle Education Centre was also closed due to no water/heating/power.

Kyleakin School is closed due to storm damage and will remain closed until repairs have been carried out and the building made safe. Arrangements have been put in place for pupils to be transported to Kyle Primary. School transport will collect children at Kyleakin Village Hall and deliver them to the same location, at the end of the day.  There has been extensive damage to the large sections of the roof. The building is currently wind and water tight, on a temporary basis, to avoid further damage. At present, there is no estimated return date for pupils and staff.

Parents and carers are advised to check the council’s school closures website after 7am in the morning and the school closures phone line on 0800 564 2272 using the PIN number for their school (which is also available at for further information updates.

12 Jan 2015
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