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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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 close to ...

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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 towards submitting ...

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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 collaborative project ...

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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 enquires ...

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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.

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Staffin Community Trust makes progress on affordable housing development

STAFFIN Community Trust has taken an important step in realising its aim of building new affordable houses, 17 years after the last homes were built in the area.

SCT has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with two respected housing bodies to work together and progress plans for a six-unit development, which could also provide space for local businesses. SCT has worked closely for almost two years with the Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA) and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) ...

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Staffin lambs top first Skye sheep sale of season

LAMBS reared in Staffin were among the leading prices at the island’s first sale of the season. 

In one of the most crucial days in the calendar for Staffin crofters, Dingwall and Highland Marts sold more than 2,870 lambs and ewes in Portree ring on Monday (22.8).

The Staffin lambs were coveted by buyers despite the poor weather in the latter part of the summer and is testament to the district’s reputation for producing quality store lambs. The average price was £44.90 – ...

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Local priorities for Old Man of Storr pinpointed by Staffin residents at drop-in event

FORTY Staffin residents gave their views on the Old Man of Storr site at a special community drop-in event at the weekend.
A project team is carrying out an options appraisal of the site Staffin Community Trust (SCT) and held a consultation event in Staffin Hall on Saturday. 
Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects and SCT representatives discussed the project with attendees, highlighted the issues which were highlighted in the community consultation carried out in November last year and invited people to plot a revised layout using a model of the site. The people ...
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