Latest
Views sought from community on state of Gaelic in Staffin
30 Apr 2017
Views sought from community on state of Gaelic in Staffin
 
RESEARCHERS are visiting Staffin later this month to hold a key meeting about the state of Gaelic in the district.
Staffin, which was the Gaelic Community of the Year in 2010, has long been a heartland for the language in Skye but that cannot be taken for granted.
The Soillse research team at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is conducting a series of public meetings on how local communities view the current state of Gaelic in their respective localities. 
The team has ...
Read More
BBC and STV news programmes focus on Staffin’s urgent affordable housing need
27 Apr 2017
BBC and STV news programmes focus on Staffin’s urgent affordable housing need
BBC Alba and STV have broadcast reports on Staffin’s challenging housing situation, as plans for six urgently needed affordable homes come under Highland Council scrutiny.
The Highlands Small Housing Communities Trust (HSCHT) officially opened a new three-bedroom affordable house in Flodigarry on Wednesday, which attracted TV crews from STV News and BBC Alba’s An Là programmes. 
For HSCHT, a charitable organisation which assists rural communities in the drive for housing, it was a real milestone as it was the 50th rent-to-buy house it ...
Read More
OPEN! Staffin businesses gear up for visitor season start as Easter looms
2 Apr 2017
OPEN! Staffin businesses gear up for visitor season start as Easter looms
 
STAFFIN’S business community is preparing for another hectic tourism season after a bumper 2016 which saw a record number of people visit Skye’s premier destination.
Cafes, restaurants, shops, craft outlets, B&Bs, self-catering owners and other accommodation providers had reported an exceptionally busy season  while Staffin has continued to welcome visitors during the shoulder months, which are now getting shorter.
At the Old Man of Storr there were 150,000 visitors recorded, and 70% of that annual total is estimated to ...
Read More
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought
28 Mar 2017
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Ceumannan II programme manager sought
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce it is seeking to recruit a new member of staff to manage a key project, the Skye Ecomuseum II.
SCT announced in September last year that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the ecomuseum experience for visitors and the island’s resident communities. The HLF award will enable the construction of a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, new footpaths and interpretation, a central Staffin “orientation point”,  an activity plan ...
Read More
Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route
23 Mar 2017
Resilient Rabbie’s staff battle hail and wind to fix Quiraing route
RESILIENT tour bus drivers who braved high winds and hail showers have completed urgent path repairs at the Quiraing.
Staff from Rabbie’s Trail Burners spent two days working on badly-needed repairs to the route, which attracts thousands of people each year. Despite very tough weather conditions at the exposed site, seven hardy Rabbie’s drivers and office workers dug out a damaged and uneven section of path, created a stone-lined ramp, installed a culvert pipe and landscaped the area. The workers faced ...
Read More
Name that house…ideas sought for name of new property
20 Mar 2017
Name that house…ideas sought for name of new property
STAFFIN residents are being invited to suggest a name for a new house currently being built in one of the district’s well-known crofting townships.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) is constructing a three-bedroom affordable home in Flodigarry and is seeking ideas from the local community for a suitable name. 
The Staffin Community Trust and Flodigarry Township Trust’s preference would be for a Gaelic name, which would have some meaning to the locality in which the house lies. It is ...
Read More
Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust
15 Mar 2017
Formal bid for Storr site lodged by Staffin Community Trust
STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has formally submitted a bid to purchase local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr. 
SCT has lodged an Asset Transfer Request (ATR) to Highland Council for a section of roadside ground near the popular island landmark so it can construct a new car park, public toilets and interpretation. It comes after several years of talks between SCT and the council, a major community consultation and the conclusion of a site options appraisal/business plan by a consultant ...
Read More
Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes
1 Mar 2017
Community invited to view plan for new Staffin homes
AN UPDATE about the proposed new affordable housing in Staffin will be provided this weekend.
Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is progressing plans for six new houses and business units at a site on common grazings tenanted by the Stenscholl Township. SCT is working in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association to deliver the new affordable houses, which would be the first built in Staffin since 1999.
SCT and its partners are now working ...
Read More
The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago
17 Feb 2017
The Co-Chomunn Stafainn story from 35 years ago

AN OLD newsletter first printed in the early 1980s during the construction of Staffin Hall – the Co-Chomunn – has provided a snapshot of the community’s efforts into delivering the ambitious project.  ‘Mac-Talla’ was printed just before Christmas in 1982 to update Staffin residents about progress of the district’s new village hall, which included a shop, restaurant, crafts outlet and toilets.
It was a key period in the Co-Chomunn’s history, as Staffin led the way in Skye in coming together to form ...
Read More
Staffin’s Gaelic voices from the present, remember the past
7 Feb 2017
Staffin’s Gaelic voices from the present, remember the past
SEVERAL native Gaelic voices from Staffin’s present have provided a revealing glimpse back at the district’s past in a series of newly-published recordings.
Staffin Community Trust/Urras an Taobh Sear teamed up with Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o’ Riches to capture the views, memories and thoughts of older members of our community in autumn last year. A range of subjects are discussed in the lively oral recordings which are now available on the SCT’s local history section.
Tobar an Dualchais is a ...
Read More
New affordable home opportunity in Flodigarry
27 Jan 2017
New affordable home opportunity in Flodigarry
CONSTRUCTION work on a new affordable home in Flodigarry is progressing well and is expected to be completed in April.
And the owner, the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCT), is now advertising the three-bedroom house’s availability for “Rent to Buy”. This could offer first time buyers the opportunity to rent for five years before purchasing the house outright at a fixed price of £140,000. That is a 20 per cent discount from the open market price and people with local connections who make ...
Read More
Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter out now
20 Jan 2017
Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter out now
UPDATES on the main Staffin Community Trust projects, a charity fundraiser for Syria, “Big Breakfast” fundraiser, latest gym classes and a lot more are published in the district’s bi-annual newsletter, which can be read by clicking on this link: Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter
Hardcopies will also be made available at the Staffin Post Office, MacKenzie Stories, Staffin Stores, Columba 1400 and Staffin Primary School fin the next couple of days. 
 
Read More
2017 Staffin arrival for new teacher who is looking for a home
30 Dec 2016
2017 Staffin arrival for new teacher who is looking for a home
A NEW teacher who has a memorable start to 2017 with a flit to Staffin is seeking accommodation for his young family. 
Stephen and wife Helen Atkins and their two sons are moving to Skye next month as he will be taking up a teacher’s post in Portree Primary, which will see him also work at Staffin and other schools on the island, as and when required.
The family are moving up from England and have family connections in Uist and have previously ...
Read More
Festive countdown for busy Staffin businesses
16 Dec 2016
Festive countdown for busy Staffin businesses
FOLLOWING a hectic 2016 season Staffin businesses are in the midst of the busy festive run-in with only several days until Christmas.
Thirteen local businesses, including the two shops, craft outlets, cafes, accommodation, museum, gym, etc, are all now featured on the Staffin Community Trust’s online directory. It provides helpful information for what is on offer in Staffin for both visitors and locals and SCT has recorded heavy website traffic to the site this year, particulary from other parts of the ...
Read More
Staffin crofters film released and is Holyrood bound
14 Dec 2016
Staffin crofters film released and is Holyrood bound

IT’S not quite a Christmas DVD…but a film featuring Staffin crofters at work – which was premiered last month – is a special release itself – and can now be watched online in time for the festive season.
And the successful production, which saw Staffin crofters and their collies wear GoPros to capture them gathering their stock on the Trotternish Ridge, is set to go to Holyrood, in 2017 for a screening at the Scottish Parliament before MSPs.


 “Grazing on the Edge” is a ...
Read More