Mòd Fever: young Trotternish performers in final rehearsals for na h-Eileanan Siar

A GROUP of talented Trotternish youngsters are getting ready to set sail across the Minch to take part in the Royal National Mòd.

The October school holidays are now underway but 18 children from the peninsula, who attend Staffin, Kilmuir and Portree primary schools – and Portree High –  have been hard at work in rehearsals as they prepare for an array of competitions.

Trortternish has enjoyed tremendous success at Gaelic’s annual blue riband event in recent years which is testament to the pupils’ proficiency in the language and guidance and support from their teachers and parents.  

Eighteen ...

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Staffin-based Ecomuseum’s phase II secures major Heritage Lottery grant

SCOTLAND’s first Ecomuseum – which opened in Staffin almost a decade ago –  is to undergo an exciting revamp and improvements thanks to major National Lottery investment.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) is delighted to announce the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved a £522,000 grant to enhance the Skye 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”, a ...

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‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas 2016’ – Gaelic in the Environment course in Staffin

 

A summary from UTS director and CnaG’s Sine Gillespie on the successful outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin which goes from strength to strength…

In the summer of 2016, Urras an Taobh Sear (Staffin Community Trust) was once again delighted to host Roddy Maclean’s 10-day course, ‘Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas’.  Delivered in Staffin through its native language, Roddy’s course explores the Gaelic view of the Scottish environment.

In week one at the end of July, we studied ‘Croit, Coille, Monadh is Boglach’.  Many ...

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Let’s get ready to rumba! Staffin’s fleet-footed Foxes among contenders for Skye dance title

TWO Staffin couples, including a pair of fleet-footed Foxes from Maligar, are getting ready to rumba at a Skye dance extravaganza.

Couples from the Taobh Sear are starring in the popular “DAES Does Strictly”event later this month. Husband-and-wife John and Disie Fox have been in rehearsals for several months along with seven other island dance partnerships. The Foxes are looking to fox-trot their way to the Strictly Skye title and electrician John will be looking to hotwire his quickstep.

Valtos guest house owner Rachel Morrison and ...

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Staffin Community Trust 2016 AGM date set

UPDATES on Staffin Community Trust’s main projects will be provided later this month. 

SCT’s 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday night in Staffin. The AGM will include the latest progress on SCT’s work and an overview of the last 12 months. These include the Staffin Slipway, the affordable housing development, the Staffin Crofters’ Memorial, the Storr, the proposed extension to the Skye Ecomuseum Ceumannan and the outdoor ...

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Slump in lamb trade at Portree but Staffin stock still among top prices

PRICES at Skye’s biggest lamb sale of the season this week were markedly down from the first trade only a fortnight earlier.

At Dingwall and Highland Mart’s sale last month almost 2,900 sheep went through the Portree ring with an average price of £44.90, which was £2.84 up on the same sale in 2015. However, on Monday (5.9) – at what is traditionally the bigger of the island’s two main lamb sales – the average price had slumped dramatically by £7.41. 

The average price was £37.49 for ...

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Quiraing is best rated natural outdoor attraction in UK

STAFFIN’S scenery is the number 1 natural outdoor attraction in the UK – ahead of Snowdonia and Glencoe – the world’s biggest travel website has revealed.

The Quiraing, which attracts thousands of people each year, came first in the ratings for the “best-rated natural outdoor attraction in the UK”, it was revealed by Trip Advisor on the AOL home page. http://travel.aol.co.uk/photos/tripadvisor-best-natural-outdoor-attractions-uk/423160/?ref=21457814

The Quiraing, which has been the setting for major films, television programmes, various commercials and even pop videos in recent times, now has more ...

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Names of Staffin’s Fallen are re-lettered on war memorials

THE names of the Staffin men who made the ultimate sacrifice can be read more clearly on the district’s war memorials after work was completed. 

A specialist power wash and the re-lettering of the fallen soldiers’ names on Staffin’s two war memorials – by the Kilmartin River and at Valtos – was carried out last week.

Stewart Bain and Ronnie Sutherland of Dingwall-based monumental sculptors John Hood & Son were in Staffin on Tuesday (16.8.16) to carry out the work at the memorials, which remembers the local men who ...

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Two new Staffin Biz Directory additions makes it a delightful dozen

TWO well-respected Staffin businesses are the latest additions to join the district’s online business listings this week. 

The Staffin Campsite and Kilmartin Restaurant are now featured on the Staffin Business Directory http://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory which showcases what there is on offer on the east-side of Trotternish. It has steadily grown since its launch and features a  range of businesses from shops, places to eat and stay, or to and purchase gifts (and watch them being made) and specific services, such as construction. Their inclusion means there are now 12 Staffin ...

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Monday Highland dancing: DAES summer ceilidhs underway!

MONDAYS are set to get a lot more brighter as talented Highland dancers from Trotternish and the rest of Skye stage a series of summer ceilidhs.

Dannsairean An Eilein Sgitheanaich (DAES) is a group based in Skye under the tutelage of Karen Campbell from Kilmaluag. 

Karen has more than 70 dancers from all over the island in her group which competes at events all over Scotland. 

Daes Ceilidh

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