New Staffin platform nears finish but site remains closed to public

WORK is progressing well on the new Skye Ecomuseum viewing platform at Lealt and it is hoped the new attraction will be opened later this month. 

The community-led development is being delivered by two contractors, MacDonald Contracting Ltd and Staffin Groundworks. 

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) hopes the year-round public attraction will showcase the Trotternish landscape and looks forward to telling the story of Lealt and the rest of the district through new 

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Storm Hector suspends Staffin platform works but site remains shut to public

CONTRACTORS have suspended work at the new Staffin viewing platform today (14.6.18) because of the high winds and wet ground. 

The weather front, officially named “Storm Hector”, saw heavy rain and higher winds blow into Skye after more than three weeks of largely dry and sunny conditions. However, the public is reminded the site at Lealt remains closed to the public and walkers should not attempt to access the construction site, car park or main footpath. 

MacDonald Contracting Ltd’s Scott MacDonald said that the ...

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Work to start on new Trotternish viewing platform and car park

A MAJOR community-led heritage development will take a big step forward next week when work commences on a new viewing platform and car park at Lealt gorge, Staffin.

The scheme represents a significant infrastructure investment for the island, which has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of visitors in recent years putting scenic spots under serious pressure.  

The capital works is a new phase of Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) Skye Ecomuseum project which also includes new interpretation and a wide ranging events ...

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Large ecomuseum sign removed from Digg

 

A BULKY sign at the start of a popular Staffin walk, which is part of the Skye Ecomuseum, has gone missing.

The interpretation panel was installed in Digg 10 years ago but appears to have been removed several days ago.

The panel was one of more than a dozen across Staffin which highlight popular walks and locations within the ecomuseum, also known as Ceumannan. Whoever has removed would have had to have gone a lot of effort as it was screwed on to a frame.
The Staffin Community Trust ...
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Get Set: Revamped Staffin Gym programme is launched!

THE WRAPPING of your last Easter egg has been discarded and you want to move on from that enjoyable but heavy chocolate binge… well the Staffin Gym’s doors are always open! 

The popular community-run gym, which is based in the Staffin Hall, has offered a range of different classes since its opening two years ago. It has now thrown some new classes into the mix and they are open for local residents and visitors. Holidaymakers may want to loosen up and exercise after a ...

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Staffin businesses cracking into new season as Easter approaches

DISCOUNT cafe vouchers for hungry holidaymakers, revamped and improved menus and extended opening hours – Staffin businesses are well and truly geared up for Easter and the coming visitor season. 

The days are stretching after the clocks changed last weekend, the weather is improving (some days) and the lambing is about to commence. Staffin is by no means a closed shop during the so-called “shoulder months” between October and March, with people still coming to see the dinosaur footprints at An Corran, the Kilt ...

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Steel container arrives following successful Brogaig path repairs

TOOLS and equipment for repair works in the Staffin community can now be stored after the arrival of a steel container.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has purchased the 10ft storage container from Portree firm Jans Vans using a grant awarded by the tour operator Rabbie’s and Swiss firm Kinticki. It comes after Rabbie’s coach drivers and office staff worked with SCT and Highland Council last month to carry our major repairs a key site in the Skye Ecomuseum.

The council’s Skye access officer Donald ...

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Extended opening for Staffin’s public toilets

WITH the increasing visitor numbers to Skye and general lack of facilities, the Staffin Community Hall Association has taken the decision to open the toilets in the hall free of charge on Sundays for the first time.

After the Brogaig toilets were closed, Highland Council awarded the Comfort Grant to the hall to enable visitor facilities to continue to be provided and whilst the award covers some of the cost of running the toilets, it only runs April to September, Monday ...

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Staffin’s Shinty Pioneer & Skye’s Other Leading Lights of the Game

As part of Skye Camanachd’s celebration of 125 years, the Skye Ecomuseum will host a special event at the Staffin Community Hall on Tuesday 20th of February. Two well known figures will give accounts of some important characters connected to Skye from the world of shinty.

We will be welcoming Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan to begin proceedings with a talk on John ‘Kaid’ MacLean, the great Gaelic bard and shinty raconteur. Norman MacDonald will then give a summary of the work ...

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New Year update from Ceumannan Skye Ecomuseum

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile! // Happy New Year to you all!

Here’s a short update on some of the Ecomuseum plans for the first few months of the year

  • I will be starting regular classroom sessions with Staffin Primary from 22nd of January – Our first topic will be Early Man on Skye – looking at the site that was excavated at An Corran in 2015 and what Staffin would have been like then.  The next topic will ...
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