Planning permission secured for Staffin housing, health and business development

STAFFIN COMMUNITY TRUST (SCT) is delighted to confirm that full planning consent has been secured for its much needed affgordable hosuing development, which would be the first in almost 20 years.

Highland Council has approved a planning application for six new three-bedroom houses on a common grazing tenanted by the Stenscholl crofting township. It comes after the community has suffered a significant population decline and shrinking primary school roll in recent years.

SCT is working in partnership with the Highlands Small Communities ...

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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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Community encouraged to participate in special Staffin Crofters Memorial event

RESIDENTS in Staffin and the wider Trotternish peninsula are warmly invited to view proposals for the long-awaited Staffin Crofters’ Memorial this week.

The idea for a lasting memorial to the crofters who took a stand against the landlord in the Taobh Sear was suggested at the very first meeting of the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) way back in the mid-1990s. Similar crofter-led revolts took place in Braes and Glendale and are marked by permanent memorials. It was strongly felt that something needed to ...

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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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Progress on Staffin Community Trust projects

It has been a busy start to 2018 for the Staffin Community Trust (SCT). Here is an update for the community, and other interested parties, on recent progress with some of its various projects.

SKYE ECOMUSEUM – CAPITALWORKS

Test pits were dug near Lealt Gorge earlier this month by Ian MacDonald, Digg, and John Gillies, Sartle. This helped the viewing platform design engineer Geoff Freedman complete his calculations for the construction contract of the structure which will provide commanding views of the ...

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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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Staffin’s Hungry Gull takes flight and joins biz listings

A NEW “pop up” takeaway has become the 15th addition to the online Staffin directory just before the festive season.

The Hungry Gull, which is run by local chef Allan MacDonald, opened its doors in October within the Staffin Community Hall. 

It has proven a hugely popular attraction in Staffin for residents and visitors alike and Allan has a special Christmas and New Year Menu which has a range of dishes. It will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from lunchtime before ...

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