ISBuC (v7) 2012
Skye Timeline 1970 onward

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1970: 8,000 acres of Forestry Commission land planted.
1970: 1,242 telephone subscribers.
1970: 19 primary schools on Skye and one on Raasay.
1970: Talisker Distillery capacity put at 650,000 gallons.
1970: 400 miles of roads on Skye maintained by County Council.
1970: Floppy Disk launched.
1971: Two new 28-vehicle ferries commence service at Kyle/Kyleakin.
1972: Broadford airstrip constructed. Loganair commences flights to Glasgow and Inverness.
1973: New machinery installed in Skye Wool Mill, Portree.
1974: The old Breakish Schoolhouse becomes the headquarters of the West Highland Free Press newspaper.
1975: Sea Eagle reintroduced to Skye from Norway.
1975: Subscriber Trunk Dialling installed.
1975: Highland Council replaces Inverness County Council.
1976: Ferry between Skye and Raasay operating.
1977: Dr Green, owner of Raasay House, seeks planning permission for 400,000 worth of restoration and extension. Permission granted.
1978: First Apple computer.
1978: First test tube baby.
1982: Compact Discs launched.
1985: Desk Top Publishing.
1987: 1,586 crofters and 1,808 crofts on Skye.
1988: Marine Nature Conservation Review survey of Skye. 96 sites of interest were identified.
1989: Otter survey organized by Skye Environmental Centre logs 910 sightings.
1993: Skye's population of male (calling) Corncrakes falls as low as eight.
1995: Friends of the Kyle Line formed to co-operate with ScotRail on promoting railway.
1995: Skye Bridge opened.
1996: Internet era.
1999: ISBuC launched.
2005: Skye Bridge toll removed.

Courtesy of Geoff Holman