Skye pupils document Latin American adventure

“If someone gave me the chance I could write a book on my experiences.”

Six Portree High School students from all over Skye spent 17 days in Costa Rica this summer through a EU-LAC-Museums exchange programme. Andrew Whitehead from Digg took part having part funded the trip using money raised at soup and pudding event at the Kilmartin in Spring 2017. This project part of continuing international EU funded youth exchange programme between Latin America and Europe, led by the University of ...

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Staffin Community Trust 2017 EGM and AGM

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) will hold its 2017 AGM and an EGM later this month. 

SCT has had another busy year progressing its various projects and an update will be provided on all aspects of its work. The EGM will consider a resolution to make changes to the existing SCT’s articles, which includes a proposal to allow Staffin residents over the age of 16 to become members. The age limit is currently set at 18.

There will also be an opportunity for anybody ...

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Prestigious international honour for ‘remarkable’ Staffin man

A STAFFIN man’s work in finding, protecting and preserving dinosaur and fossil bones and footprints has been recognised by one of the world’s leading societies in the field.  

Dugie Ross from Ellishadder, who has had a lifelong interest in fossils and runs the Staffin Museum, has received the Mary Anning Award from the Palaeontological Association (PA).

Palaeontology is the branch of science concerned with fossil animals and plants. The award was open to all those who are not professionally employed within ...

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Imminent decision on historic community bid at Storr

A HISTORIC decision on whether Staffin Community Trust (SCT) gets the green light to purchase land at one of the island’s most popular landmarks, the Old Man of Storr, is looming.

SCT will find out within the next fortnight if its bid to buy roadside ground at the Storr will be approved by the owner, Highland Council. SCT plans to build a new off-road car park, public toilets and provide interpretation/local business information at the site in a major development, which has ...

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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 yesterday (Monday) ...

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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 no criminal ...

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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 plenty of ...

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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 and walking shoes

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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 ...

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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 as caile.

Green ...

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