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Staffin lambs top first Skye sheep sale of season
24 Aug 2016
Staffin lambs top first Skye sheep sale of season
LAMBS reared in Staffin were among the leading prices at the island’s first sale of the season. 
In one of the most crucial days in the calendar for Staffin crofters, Dingwall and Highland Marts sold more than 2,870 lambs and ewes in Portree ring on Monday (22.8).
The Staffin lambs were coveted by buyers despite the poor weather in the latter part of the summer and is testament to the district’s reputation for producing quality store lambs. The average price was £44.90 – which was ...
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Names of Staffin’s Fallen are re-lettered on war memorials
22 Aug 2016
Names of Staffin’s Fallen are re-lettered on war memorials
THE names of the Staffin men who made the ultimate sacrifice can be read more clearly on the district’s war memorials after work was completed. 
A specialist power wash and the re-lettering of the fallen soldiers’ names on Staffin’s two war memorials – by the Kilmartin River and at Valtos – was carried out last week.
Stewart Bain and Ronnie Sutherland of Dingwall-based monumental sculptors John Hood & Son were in Staffin on Tuesday (16.8.16) to carry out the work at the memorials, which remembers ...
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Two new Staffin Biz Directory additions makes it a delightful dozen
19 Aug 2016
Two new Staffin Biz Directory additions makes it a delightful dozen
TWO well-respected Staffin businesses are the latest additions to join the district’s online business listings this week. 
The Staffin Campsite and Kilmartin Restaurant are now featured on the Staffin Business Directory http://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory which showcases what there is on offer on the east-side of Trotternish. It has steadily grown since its launch and features a  range of businesses from shops, places to eat and stay, or to and purchase gifts (and watch them being made) and specific services, such as construction. Their inclusion means there are now 12 Staffin businesses featured.
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Local priorities for Old Man of Storr pinpointed by Staffin residents at drop-in event
2 Aug 2016
Local priorities for Old Man of Storr pinpointed by Staffin residents at drop-in event
FORTY Staffin residents gave their views on the Old Man of Storr site at a special community drop-in event at the weekend.
A project team is carrying out an options appraisal of the site Staffin Community Trust (SCT) and held a consultation event in Staffin Hall on Saturday. 
Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects and SCT representatives discussed the project with attendees, highlighted the issues which were highlighted in the community consultation carried out in November last year and invited people to plot a revised layout using a model of the site. The people who attended ...
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GAMES COUNTDOWN: Mystery signing recruited by Staffin’s all-conquering tug o’war team
29 Jul 2016
GAMES COUNTDOWN: Mystery signing recruited by Staffin’s all-conquering tug o’war team
FORGET about the countdown to the Games in Brazil…
There’s only one Games that counts.
And next week is showtime for the Staffin Ladies’ tug o’war team at the theatre of dreams itself – The Lump.
Fresh from their spectacular 2015 triumph the squad is preparing to go into battle once again at the Skye Highland Games and their rivals should beware. The Staffin women are currently in the midst of an arduous pre-games programme of intensive altitude training on the Trotternish Ridge, which has involved winning a practice pull ...
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Staffin Hall, Saturday: First Storr drop-in community event
27 Jul 2016
Staffin Hall, Saturday: First Storr drop-in community event
 
STAFFIN residents are invited to attend a drop in community event this weekend hosted by the consultant team investigating potential improvements to the visitor site at the Old Man of Storr.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) announced last month that a consortium led by Hazel Allen of Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were awarded the contract to carry out an Options Appraisal of Highland Council-owned land at the Storr. The team is now looking ...
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House in Staffin goes on market
22 Jul 2016
House in Staffin goes on market
A HOUSE, which could suit a family, has gone on the market in Staffin.
The owner of the three-bedroomed bungalow at 5 Culnacnoc, which is about four miles south of Staffin Primary School, is looking for offers of more than £175,000. 

Situated next to the Staffin-Portree A855 road, the house is being marketed by Inverness-based estate agents, Murchison Law.
More details about the house, here: http://www.murchisonlaw.co.uk/property-listings-page/property/107-the-bungalow.html
Staffin Community Trust is currently working with its partners on providing new housing in the district. A ...
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Ten up: Staffin’s online biz listings reaches double figures!
20 Jul 2016
Ten up: Staffin’s online biz listings reaches double figures!
STAFFIN’S biz listings have welcomed the 10th local business to join the burgeoning online directory.
MacKenzie Stores, which is a shop, hot food takeaway – and the only fuel station in the Taobh Sear – is the latest business to be featured on the Staffin Community Trust website http://staffin-trust.co.uk/shops-2 

The SCT want to help promote ALL the businesses in the community and boost the local economy by promoting them online via its popular website. SCT had more than 3,600 page views in the last four weeks and ...
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Monday Highland dancing: DAES summer ceilidhs underway!
8 Jul 2016
Monday Highland dancing: DAES summer ceilidhs underway!
MONDAYS are set to get a lot more brighter as talented Highland dancers from Trotternish and the rest of Skye stage a series of summer ceilidhs.
Dannsairean An Eilein Sgitheanaich (DAES) is a group based in Skye under the tutelage of Karen Campbell from Kilmaluag. 
Karen has more than 70 dancers from all over the island in her group which competes at events all over Scotland. 

Locals and visitors will get several opportunities to see the DAES girls for themselves for the next few Monday nights in Portree, the island’s capital. The group is performing at shows which ...
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Out now: the Staffin summer newsletter
6 Jul 2016
Out now: the Staffin summer newsletter
THE community newsletter round up from Staffin is out now.  It includes all the latest news from the Taobh Sear including a special anniversary for Staffin Stores, all the latest updates from the Gym, Staffin Primary School and the Flodigarry and Staffin community trusts, a bumper line up of tutors at Fèis Thròndairnis and a preview of the Staffin Sheepdog Trials. There is also an update on Staffin’s key contribution to Skye Camanachd Ladies’ excellent season to date. A pictorial preview below.
The newsletter can be downloaded here: Staffin Summer 2016 ...
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Coming to a TV screen soon: A Grand Tour of Staffin!
1 Jul 2016
Coming to a TV screen soon: A Grand Tour of Staffin!
STAFFIN and the Trotternish peninsula will be coming to the small screen this autumn, as filming for a popular BBC series is now in the can.
With a Victorian guidebook in his hands, presenter Paul Murton follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland, travelling the country and tracing the changes that have taken place since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.
Paul, who was brought up in Argyll, is the face of the BBC series “Grand Tours of the ...
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Old Man of Storr site options to be investigated as key contract awarded
30 Jun 2016
Old Man of Storr site options to be investigated as key contract awarded
STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has awarded a key contract which will assess the potential purchase and improvements of local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr.
SCT has appointed an experienced project team to investigate the Highland Council site at the hugely popular island landmark which attracts visitors from all over the world.
A consortium team led by Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, and partners Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were successful in the tendering process and have ...
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Trotternish crofter triumphs at “The Highland”
24 Jun 2016
Trotternish crofter triumphs at “The Highland”
A PEDIGREE cow owned by a Kilmaluag crofter has been crowned champion female at Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious agricultural show.
Donald Rankin’s two-year-old Aberdeen Angus, called Retties Lady Ruth N228, won and beat almost 80 other rivals in the process. The judge Russel Taylor said she was an “excellent example of her breed” and “moved well” in the show ring.  Cattle at shows are judged on their individual traits, for example, whether they have a good back end, her topline and length, and if ...
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Bookings now open for Gaelic environment course in Staffin
22 Jun 2016
Bookings now open for Gaelic environment course in Staffin

BOOKINGS for a popular outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin, which was shortlisted for a national award last year, are now being taken


Urras an Taobh Sear (Staffin Community Trust) hosts the first part of Gaelic broadcaster Roddy MacLean’s course Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas next month. 
The 10-day Gaelic in the environment course is aimed at fluent Gaelic speakers and advanced learners. It is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  This year it is offered in two five-day blocks and is suitable for ...
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Bollywood star bigs up Kilt Rock to millions of fans
22 Jun 2016
Bollywood star bigs up Kilt Rock to millions of fans
STAFFIN could host a flood of Indian Bollywood fans this summer after one of the country’s most famous voices sung the praises of the Kilt Rock to her millions of fans.
The Taobh Sear received a very welcome promotional boost this week from Shreya Ghoshal, a hugely popular star in India.
The Bollywood singer visited the Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls on Monday and took to social media to post a picture of the famous cliff tops in Staffin to her 4.3 million followers on Twitter. She hailed the Jurassic ...
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