Tributes have been paid to an “obliging” pensioner killed in a collision with a deer in Skye.
David Anthony Young, 73, was travelling on an unclassified road in the Sleat area when tragedy struck.
Police and ambulance personnel attended the scene yesterday morning but nothing could be done.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 9.29am today to attend an incident at Teangue in the Isle of Skye.
“We dispatched one ambulance to the scene.”
Police confirmed a male cyclist has died after coming of his bicycle on an unclassified road on Skye.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident but it is thought the man collided with a deer.
The road was closed to allow for a collision investigation to be carried out at the scene.
Sergeant Chris Murray, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected.
“Our inquiries into this tragic incident are on-going, and I would appeal for anyone who saw David on the morning of May 4, who has not already spoken to police to contact us on 101.”
Local councillor Calum MacLeod paid tribute to Mr Young saying: “There is deep sadness in the community, he was very much considered part of the community and was very obliging to helping people out where necessary. There is no doubt he will be sadly missed.”
Councillor John Finlayson said: “I have spoken with a neighbour who was shocked to hear of the incident, and obviously the local community and everyone in the area are sad to hear of the tragic event. My best wishes are with the family.”
There are more than 7,000 collisions between vehicles and deer each year in Scotland, with an average of 65 of these resulting in human injuries.
In 2014 tragedy struck in Lochailort near Fort William when a stag gored its victim’s windpipe in an accident that required emergency surgery. Kate Stone, who has since made a full recovery, was walking home with friends when the stag was spooked and injured her in an attempt to flee.