Out now: the Staffin summer newsletter

THE community newsletter round up from Staffin is out now.  It includes all the latest news from the Taobh Sear including a special anniversary for Staffin Stores, all the latest updates from the Gym, Staffin Primary School and the Flodigarry and Staffin community trusts, a bumper line up of tutors at Fèis Thròndairnis and a preview of the Staffin Sheepdog Trials. There is also an update on Staffin’s key contribution to Skye Camanachd Ladies’ excellent season to date. A pictorial preview below.

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Coming to a TV screen soon: A Grand Tour of Staffin!

STAFFIN and the Trotternish peninsula will be coming to the small screen this autumn, as filming for a popular BBC series is now in the can.
With a Victorian guidebook in his hands, presenter Paul Murton follows in the footsteps of the first tourists to Scotland, travelling the country and tracing the changes that have taken place since the birth of Scottish tourism 200 years ago.
Paul, who was brought up in Argyll, is the face of the ...
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Old Man of Storr site options to be investigated as key contract awarded

STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) has awarded a key contract which will assess the potential purchase and improvements of local authority-owned land at the Old Man of Storr.

SCT has appointed an experienced project team to investigate the Highland Council site at the hugely popular island landmark which attracts visitors from all over the world.

A consortium team led by Dingwall-based Athena Solutions, and partners Richard Heggie of Urban Animation and Sam Foster Architects, were successful in the tendering process and have now started ...

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Trotternish crofter triumphs at “The Highland”

A PEDIGREE cow owned by a Kilmaluag crofter has been crowned champion female at Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious agricultural show.

Donald Rankin’s two-year-old Aberdeen Angus, called Retties Lady Ruth N228, won and beat almost 80 other rivals in the process. The judge Russel Taylor said she was an “excellent example of her breed” and “moved well” in the show ring.  Cattle at shows are judged on their individual traits, for example, whether they have a good back end, her topline and length, and ...

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Bookings now open for Gaelic environment course in Staffin

BOOKINGS for a popular outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin, which was shortlisted for a national award last year, are now being taken

Urras an Taobh Sear (Staffin Community Trust) hosts the first part of Gaelic broadcaster Roddy MacLean’s course Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas next month. 

The 10-day Gaelic in the environment course is aimed at fluent Gaelic speakers and advanced learners. It is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  This year it is offered in two five-day blocks and is suitable for ...

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Bollywood star bigs up Kilt Rock to millions of fans

STAFFIN could host a flood of Indian Bollywood fans this summer after one of the country’s most famous voices sung the praises of the Kilt Rock to her millions of fans.

The Taobh Sear received a very welcome promotional boost this week from Shreya Ghoshal, a hugely popular star in India.

The Bollywood singer visited the Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls on Monday and took to social media to post a picture of the famous cliff tops in Staffin to her 4.3 million followers on Twitter. She hailed ...

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Viewing platform at Staffin waterfall forms part of Skye Ecomuseum II

A VIEWING platform at a Staffin waterfall is among the plans for a proposed major enhancement of the Skye Ecomuseum.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has now submitted funding and planning applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Highland Council, respectively, following a two-year development and consultation process which has involved the local community and several public agencies along the way. 

SCT wants to construct a viewing platform at Lealt Gorge, similar to a structure built by the National Trust for Scotland at Corrieshalloch, near ...

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Golden images of 1960s haymaking in Staffin unearthed by Welsh visitor

A WELSH teenager who had a memorable holiday at a Staffin youth hostel in the early 1960s has uncovered images of Staffin’s crofting past.

Fifty four years later and David Evans is now able to share the pictures with the local community he took when he was only 17 in September 1962. 

It was the month that Ford launched the Cortina, the Glasgow Tramways ran its last normal service and Rangers had started their successful 1961/62 league campaign which would see them pip Kilmarnock to ...

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Storr update: Bids for Options Appraisal lodged

AS VISITOR, and vehicle, numbers have noticeably soared in the last few days of sunshine at the Storr, the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has secured the funding required for an Options Appraisal of the roadside site owned by the local authority.

And three excellent bids have now been lodged by tenderers looking to carry out the hugely important contract which will review all the options at the location, the estimated costs and community and economic benefit for each one investigated.

SCT is currently assessing the submissions ...

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Staffin goes pop! Band who set music video in Taobh Sear return to Skye

A SCOTTISH indie band who used Staffin as the setting for their song’s video are to play Portree later this month.

Ayrshire three-piece Fatherson will perform at the Portree Community Centre on Thursday, May 26 during their national tour in support of their new album “Open Book” which is released in June.

Earlier this year the group filmed a video for the song “Lost Little Boys” which used Staffin Beach, Staffin and Flodigarry islands, Rigg, Culnacnoc, the Storr and Quiraing as the wintry backdrop to ...

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