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Burnt bone is key find at Staffin archaeological dig
1 Oct 2015
Burnt bone is key find at Staffin archaeological dig
An archaeological excavation in Staffin has yielded a fragment of worked bone, and several hundred flints, which could provide further clues about life in the area 8,000 years ago.
The discoveries were made during the dig in September as University of the Highlands and Islands archaeologists investigated a suspected Mesolithic building by Staffin Bay. While the structure is expected to be confirmed as post-medieval the discovery of other material, including the possible bead which was recovered from material below it, which ...
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Police host terrorism event in Staffin
28 Sep 2015
Police host terrorism event in Staffin
A POLICE sergeant is to carry out a counter terrorism presentation in Staffin next week and local residents are invited.
Portree-based Bruce Crawford of Police Scotland is hosting the event at Columba 1400 on Thursday, October 8 and believes it will be an eye-opener for attendees.
Sergeant Crawford said it was part of his job to raise awareness of counter terrorism in Skye. “In addition to my normal duties on the Island I am also the Local Counter Terrorism Liaison Officer and ...
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All hail Staffin! Taobh Sear hogs Macbeth spotlight.
23 Sep 2015
All hail Staffin! Taobh Sear hogs Macbeth spotlight.
STAFFIN’s scenery takes the centre stage of a newly-launched marketing campaign to promote the forthcoming Hollywood movie Macbeth. And more information about what part the Quiraing and Storr play in the plot is revealed for the first time.
The critically-acclaimed production, starring Michaal Fassbender, is released nationwide on October 2 and Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, has embarked on a major marketing campaign to encouarage people to travel to the locations featured in the film.
The Quiraing and Storr were locations for a sustained ...
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Staffin calves off to the mart
22 Sep 2015
Staffin calves off to the mart
YOUNG cattle from Staffin were among more than 1,200 calves sold at the first Skye sale of the season in Portree yesterday (Monday).
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd. sold 1,246 weaned calves and store cattle at their annual district ballot show and sale. Seventy three calves were sold from the Taobh Sear and a Limousin X bullock sold by John Gillies, Sartle, was among the leading prices for its weight category while stock other parts of the north end, including Linicro, Totescore and Glenconon, also did ...
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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 5 Diary
15 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 5 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute have run a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. It is the first excavation in Staffin for more than 20 years and SCT  views the dig it as an important project, both culturally and economically, with the Staffin community at the heart of it. The excavation runs from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils have been involved and there was a community open day on Saturday. ...
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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day Four Diary
14 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day Four Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. It is the first excavation in Staffin for more than 20 years and SCT  views the dig it as an important project, both culturally and economically, with the Staffin community at the heart of it. The excavation runs from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils have been involved and there was a community open day on Saturday. ...
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Staffin archaeoglogical excavation: Day 3 Diary
12 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeoglogical excavation: Day 3 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. It is the first excavation in Staffin for 20 years. The community-centred project, which involves an excavation trench, test pits and geophysics, runs from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The Staffin Trust views the dig it as an important project, both ...
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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 2 Diary
11 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 2 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. The community-centred project, which involves an 8-metre by 2-metre trench, 1x1m test pits and geophysics, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The Staffin Trust sees it as an important project, culturally and economically, for the district. The site may date ...
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Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 1 Diary
10 Sep 2015
Staffin archaeological excavation: Day 1 Diary
Fo fòid na tìme’  – Staffin Community Trust and the UHI Archaeology Institute are holding a five-day archaeological excavation by Staffin Bay. The community-centred project, which will involve an 8-metre by 2-metre trench, 1x1m test pits and gephysics, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14. Local volunteers are participating, school pupils will be involved and there is a community open day on Saturday. The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who ...
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Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year
9 Sep 2015
Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year
LAMBS from Staffin were again among the top prices at the island’s second big sale of the season in Portree.
More than 4,100 store lambs were sold by Dingwall and Highland Marts on Monday in what was described by a company spokesman as a “good sound trade” for all classes. It comes after the first sale last month saw several Staffin crofters come away with top prices, further enhancing the district’s reputation among buyers as a source of top quality store lambs. 
The ...
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Staffin stalwarts step down: new members needed!
4 Sep 2015
Staffin stalwarts step down: new members needed!
SIX members of the eight-strong Staffin Community Council have indicated that they will step down this autumn, sparking a need for new people to stand for election.
The group of community councillors are steeping down for a variety of reasons having given excellent service to the Staffin community over some years. 
The community council is a vital statutory body as it allows local residents to act and speak out on behalf if their district. Their specific role can vary according to the ...
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Archaeological excavation starts in Staffin next week
2 Sep 2015
Archaeological excavation starts in Staffin next week
STAFFIN Community Trust and the University of the Highlands and Islands is holding a five-day archaeological excavation near An Corran next week. The small-scale community-centred dig, which will involve an 8-metre by 2-metre trench and 1x1m test pits, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14.
The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who lived off the wild resources of the land and sea. The excavation – which will start at ...
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Biz directory bolstered by Staffin shop and Jurassic mecca!
28 Aug 2015
Biz directory bolstered by Staffin shop and Jurassic mecca!
A BUSY community shop and Jurassic museum are the latest additions to the online Staffin business listings, as the website’s popularity soars. 
Nine Staffin businesses are now featured on the http://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory and Staffin Community Trust is looking to add more in the coming weeks as it seeks to further showcase what the Taobh Sear can offer.
Establishing a one-stop Staffin website was a key objective of the Staffin Trust’s board of directors as local businesses had repeatedly called in recent years ...
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Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season
25 Aug 2015
Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season
MORE than 1,900 lambs were sold at the first Skye livestock sale of the season and stock from Staffin fetched excellent prices in the ring.
On a key day in the calendar for crofters in Staffin the sale at Portree on Monday, held by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, saw 2,247 store lambs and ewes sold.
Despite recent concerns at a fall in the price of lamb and the poor weather over the summer a company spokesman praised the standard of stock and ...
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Staffin people feature in Gaelic documentary
24 Aug 2015
Staffin people feature in Gaelic documentary
GAELIC-speaking Staffin residents feature prominently in a new online documentary about the language in Scotland, 10 years after it was enshrined in law.
Edinburgh Napier University journalism student Lauren Beehan visited Staffin last month as part of the filming and carried out several interviews for the 20-minute programme. She wanted to investigate the language’s role in society a decade after the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act was introduced.   
Lauren, who is from Ireland, conducted her interviews in English and spoke to ...
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