STAFFIN residents who are keen to take part in a new walking group are being offered the chance to have a day’s training next month as a guide.
The Staffin Community Trust is progressing plans to create additional footpath routes in the district as part of the Skye Ecomuseum, Ceumannan. http://www.skyecomuseum.co.uk/staffin-trust.php The paths are not just for visitors though. SCT wants to encourage local people to get the benefit of the Ceumannan sites and enjoy pleasant walks all-year round in Staffin and is keen to set up a walking group.
SCT has been in touch with a respected Inverness-based organisation called Step it Up Highland, which has been running walking groups in Skye, including Dunvegan, Portree, Waternish and Broadford, for some time.
The idea is that there is a weekly meeting time and everybody, of all ages, goes out together on the walk, with a volunteer guide. SCT would like to set up something similar in Staffin for the local community.
Step it Up Highland, which has links with the NHS, is offering three places on a training day for walking group guides in Portree next month. One place has already been filled by an interested local resident and SCT is keen for this fantastic opportunity to be taken up by two other people from Staffin, or the north end.
The training, which will be run by Step It Up Highland, will be from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, August 25 at the Aros Centre in Portree.
If anybody is interested, or has any questions, please call Staffin development officer Hugh Ross on 562 464 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Step It Up Highland Co-ordinator