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Stellar store lambs from Staffin top Skye sale
22 Aug 2017
Stellar store lambs from Staffin top Skye sale
MORE than 3,000 lambs were sold in Portree this week – and Staffin stock led the way in one of the biggest days of the crofting calendar.
Crofters from several Staffin townships were at the annual Skye lamb sale with their stock to discover what returns they would be making in the ring. It is one of the key economically important dates of the season and quality livestock from Trotternish did well.
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd sold 3,239 store lambs ...
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Locals’ views sought on fossils designation in Skye
21 Aug 2017
Locals’ views sought on fossils designation in Skye
THE views of residents in Staffin and Trotternish on a proposed new designation to help protect fossils – including the hugely popular dinosaur footprints in An Corran – are being sought by a government agency.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has proposed that a “Nature Conservation Order” (NCO) to protect fossils finds is introduced. It comes after police investigated an alleged attempt by a campervan driver to make casts of the footprints, which are 165 million years old, last Christmas.
There was ...
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Take The Floor: New Staffin Gym programme features exercise based on dancefloor
17 Aug 2017
Take The Floor: New Staffin Gym programme features exercise based on dancefloor
A REVAMPED programme of classes – which includes exercise based on a night out – are now running at the Staffin Gym.
Instructors Sam Crowe and Anna MacDonald lead a range of classes at the community gym for five days in the week, between Monday and Saturday. 
One of the new classes is Club Hiit (High Intensity Interval Training) which mixes up a night club dance floor with exercise. Don’t let the name put you off as everybody can go at their own pace and there is ...
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LUSAN SAN LÙNASTAL / FLOWERS ON THE CROFT
10 Aug 2017
LUSAN SAN LÙNASTAL / FLOWERS ON THE CROFT
BILINGUAL WALK EXPLORING PLANTS ON A CROFT 
EVENT DETAILS

Dihaoine 18 August, 2pm – 4pm
A bilingual walk in Staffin with Caroline Dear and Sìne Ghilleasbuig, exploring plants in Gaelic and English.
Meet firstly at Columba 1400, Staffin, at 1400 hours
Cuairt is Còmhradh  /  Srùpag is Cèic
Walk and conversation / Tea and cake
Free of charge
Contact Iseabail to book a place or for further information
iseabail@aros.co.uk or 01478613649
Tha fàilte romhaibh
All welcome
Please bring waterproof clothing ...
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Staffin Ladies leave altitude camp and eye Games Glory
8 Aug 2017
Staffin Ladies leave altitude camp and eye Games Glory
COMETH the hour, cometh the Staffin Women…
Turn off the World Athletics Championships.
The real athletes will converge at The Lump on Wednesday afternoon for the sporting spectacle of the year – the Staffin Ladies heading into tug o’war battle at the Games. 
The legendary Staffin Ladies – the island’s most successful tug o’war team of all time, having won the crown on 11 occasions, are psychologically and physically ready to once again take on all comers in the Portree arena.
Team captain Maggie ...
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TROTTERNISH HISTORY: diatomite boss lauded locals’ work ethic and lazy Highlander stereotype was a “dastardly lie”
29 Jul 2017
TROTTERNISH HISTORY: diatomite boss lauded locals’ work ethic and lazy Highlander stereotype was a “dastardly lie”
WHILE tourism currently grabs most of the headlines in news reports about Skye and is Trotternish’s main economic driver in 2017, it was not always so.
Back in the 1950s, men in Staffin, Kilmuir and Uig were employed in the diatomite industry, which also attracted significant press attention given the product’s versatility and fact it was a major employer in the post war period.
Loch Cuithir in Lealt, Staffin, was found to have a deposit called diatomite, a clay-like floury grey substance, known in Gaelic ...
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ÀRAINNEACHD, CÀNAN IS DUALCHAS 2017
27 Jul 2017
ÀRAINNEACHD, CÀNAN IS DUALCHAS 2017
Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas, a ten-day course on the relationship between Gaelic and the Environment, is underway in Staffin this week, writes Angus Murray. The course gives Gaelic speakers a unique opportunity to explore the outdoor environment and learn more about it from the perspective of the Gael, often directly from the people of Staffin. The first week has involved learning about ‘Cladach, Croit is Coille’ or Shoreline, Croft and Woodland. The second week will follow with ‘Croit, Coille, Monadh ...
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Storr Project’s potential highlighted to Scottish Government’s Islands Minister
20 Jul 2017
Storr Project’s potential highlighted to Scottish Government’s Islands Minister
A SCOTTISH Government minister learned about the potential of the Storr Project on a visit to Staffin this week and an innovative community-led solution to the road safety and sanitation issues at the busy site.
MSP Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and Islands, met representatives of Staffin Community Trust (SCT) on a visit to north-east Skye earlier this week. 
The government has recently introduced the Islands (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament and the Minister discussed the potential benefits of the proposed legislation ...
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Perthshire’s Peter pips international field to win Staffin Trials
17 Jul 2017
Perthshire’s Peter pips international field to win Staffin Trials
A TALENTED Perthshire sheepdog handler, who is one of Scotland’s in form competitors, has reigned supreme in Staffin.
Peter Martin, from Glenlyon, and his dog Jen beat almost 70 other competitors from all over the UK, Europe and North America last Friday in Ellishadder.
The annual Staffin Sheepdog Trials, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit, featured a top-class line up of handlers and dogs. It was a long but enjoyable day for judge Ian MacKay, of Leanach Farm, Culloden, who ...
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Staffin Community Trust appoint new Ceumannan II manager
13 Jul 2017
Staffin Community Trust appoint new Ceumannan II manager
A KEY staff appointment has been made by Staffin Community Trust (SCT) as it prepares to deliver a major heritage project. 
Angus Murray is the new programme manager for the Skye Ecomuseum II.
Angus, who previously worked for Museum and Tasglann nan Eilean in the Western Isles, will manage a wide-ranging activities programme for the project. It includes a new curriculum resource to be developed for Skye primary schools, children’s craft and storytelling events, health walks for older residents, archaeology/wildlife ...
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Green-fingered Staffin pupils dig in for national recognition
16 Jun 2017
Green-fingered Staffin pupils dig in for national recognition
A GARDEN designed and created by Staffin schoolchildren has beaten off competition from all over Scotland to receive a national award.
The efforts of P4-7 pupils in creating a “pallet garden” has won the respect of judges at Scotland’s premier gardening event. It was a real achievement for Stafffin Primary School to have even made the shortlist as the pupils were up against hundreds of other schools. 
A pallet garden is an innovative way of recycling old wooden pallets into ...
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Trotternish pupils rise to the occasion at Skye Mòd
7 Jun 2017
Trotternish pupils rise to the occasion at Skye Mòd
STAFFIN and Kilmuir pupils performed to a high standard at the 2017 Skye Provincial Mòd.
The youngsters from Bun Sgoil Stafainn and Bun Sgoil Cille Mhoire  were among the medalists at the annual event in Portree, which is often seen as an excellent chance for the pupils to hone their talent and use it as a springboard and vital warm up for the Royal National Mod in October. The Clann Throndairnis Choir, pupils from both Staffin and Kilmuir under the ...
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Community council and school organise Staffin clean-up
6 Jun 2017
Community council and school organise Staffin clean-up
STAFFIN Community Council and Staffin Primary School have teamed up to organise a clean up operation. The joint venture will see community councillors, school pupils and parents launch the ‘Keep Staffin Stunning’ campaign later this month.
It comes amid concerns about litter and dog fouling locally and the animals’ mess not being picked up. Staffin Community Council chairwoman Jen Shanks said the community litter pick would be held on Saturday June 17 at 10am at the school. She said there ...
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Photograph of Beinn Edra plane crash pilot published
2 Jun 2017
Photograph of Beinn Edra plane crash pilot published
MORE than 72 years after a plane crash in Staffin which killed nine airmen, a photograph of the pilot has emerged.
The name of Lt. Paul M. Overfield, Jr was added to the Staffin War Memorial in 2015 along with those of his stricken US air force colleagues who died in the crash at Beinn Edra, the highest point on the Trotternish Ridge.
The smash, on a foggy spring day in March 1941, shocked the island community and claimed the lives of nine young men who were on ...
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New Ceumannan II manager seeking a Trotternish home
29 May 2017
New Ceumannan II manager seeking a Trotternish home

A NEW Staffin Community Trust employee is currently seeking accommodation in Staffin/Trotternish.
Angus Murray will run Ceumannan II’s activity programme – working with local schools, older residents, families/children, visitors etc – and have a range of other key responsibilities, including the project’s re-branding, marketing, website, interpretation etc. http://staffin-trust.co.uk/skyes-eco-museum-ceumannan-ii-2
Angus, who is 30-years-old and hails from from the Western Isles, is ideally looking for a two-bedroom, or three-bedroom house/flat. 
The full-time post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the next three ...
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