Highlands & Islands

Skye and Western Isles power restored after landslip

Landslip at Kinloch Hourn Image copyright SSEN
Image caption An aerial image of the landslip at Kinloch Hourn

More than 20,000 properties in the Western Isles and Skye have had their power restored following a major landslip.

About 9,000 tonnes of soil and rock damaged the overhead electricity line network at Loch Quoich, near Kinloch Hourn in the Highlands, on Monday.

The line is part of the Glen Garry hydro power scheme.

Highland Council closed a number of schools in Skye because of the power cut.

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Image caption The landslip has also blocked a road

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks also set up welfare facilities for residents affected by the power cut, including providing food and drinks in Portree and Uig in Skye.

The landslip has closed a road that connects Loch Garry to Kinloch Hourn.

An SSE geologist and a Highland Council senior engineer have inspected the site.

The road is to be cleared of debris and will remain closed until this work is completed, Highland Council said.

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