Wanted: Staffin crofting photos

EYE-CATCHING photographs of Staffin crofing scenes are being sought in an island-wide competition.

Amateur photographers are urged to enter the Skye Agricultural Photo Competition 2015. It could be a picture of cattle eating their silage in a hailstorm, sheep scrabbling up a ledge or a summer image of shearing or the potatoes being planted.

The winner will see their photo featured on the cover of the official programme for the Skye Agricultural Show in August.

 The catalogue is printed by Strathprint. The ...

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Musician to drive milk float to Staffin – from Norfolk!

A MUSICIAN is confident he has the bottle for an epic trip all the way from south England to Staffin – in a milk float.

Paul Thompson, whose unconventional form of transport boasts a top speed of 15mph, is eagerly anticipating his forthcoming 600-mile jaunt north to Staffin and insists it will not turn sour.

Paul, a singer-songwriter from Norfolk, intends to take the wheel of the milk float this summer and is eager to find some “inspiring settings” to play. The float ...

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Jurassic “dolphin” species confirmed in Trotternish!

EXPERTS have confirmed that a new species of marina reptile, similar to a dolphin, swam in Trotternish waters, 170 million years ago. The creature measured up to 14-feet from snout to tail, and inhabited warm, shallow seas in Skye during the Jurassic Period. They were near the top of the food chain at the time and preyed on fish and other reptiles. The species was identified by fossils found several decades ago at Bearreraig Bay, near the Storr Lochs.

In what is understood to be ...

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Entries open for gruelling Staffin race!

EXPERIENCED runners are being invited to enter a hugely demanding 17-mile race in Staffin this summer. 

The Skye and Lochalsh Running Club is seeking entrants to enter the Trotternish Ridge Race which takes in some of Staffin’s most well-known landmarks, including the Quiraing, and sees competitors tackle an approximate 6000-ft ascent.

The annual ridge race, which is limited to 75 runners, starts at Flodigarry. The ridge skirts right round Staffin and separates it from the other side of Trotternish. All runners must be ...

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Staffin residents urged: speak out on static croft house grant

THE amount of money Staffin residents could access when building a new house on croft ground could increase – but only if they make their voices heard. 

The Scottish Government’s Croft House Grant Scheme (CHGS) currently offers a a maximum £17,000 grant to people looking to build a new home or repair a croft house in the community.

However, the grant has remained static for a decade despite inflation and increased construction prices.

The government has now launched a 12-week national consultation into the key grant scheme, which ...

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Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

AS THE sun sets on 2014, everybody at the Staffin Trust would like to wish an early Bliadhna Mhath Ùr.

Happy New Year to everybody living in Staffin, our diaspora spread far and wide, our neighbouring communities in Skye and all the organisations which support our range of projects.

2014 was a year of good progress for the Trust, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in August, and our membership has now swollen to 50 people who live permanently in Staffin, ...

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It’s official: Staffin most popular on Skye!

AS 2014 draws to a close, Staffin has again come out on top of the charts as the top rated visitor destination in Skye.

Four hugely popular and internationally renowned Staffin landmarks, which annually attract thousands of people, have all appeared in the top 15 of the world’s most popular travel website.

Right at the top of Trip Advisor’s most highly rated Skye visitor attractions is the majestic Quiraing, which has more than 400 glowing reviews, all of which are either “excellent” or “very good”, ...

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Staffin biz page makes perfect scents!

AS the final furlong of Christmas shopping approaches, another popular Staffin business has gone “live” on the district’s website.

And Skyelight Candles knew it made perfect scents to be featured on the Staffin Trust website, which launched its new Business Directory earlier this month.

Chief candle-creators Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping who have made their name through innovative and hand-made products, which include heather and peat-scented candles, are the second local firm to appear on the listings page after The Wee Quilter.

Have ...

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Boo! ‘Ghosts’ observe £1m Flodigarry revamp

THE owners of Flodigarry Hotel – who are in the middle of a £1million refurbishment – have encountered some ghostly goings on.

Paul and Bette Temming have reported paranormal activity in the historic hotel since they took over last year.

Shortly after their arrival the Dutch couple said they encountered a maid and a policeman who were “friendly”. During the ambitious upgrade, which has seen walls stripped back bare, the Temmings have noticed the level of activity to have escalated ...

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The ‘Weatherbomb’ hits Staffin…

STAFFIN, like the rest of the west Highlands, has been battered by gales and heavy rain in a period of weather dubbed a “weatherbomb”.

Both the Kilmartin and Brogaig rivers were deluged with water, while drains and other watercourses were struggling to cope  with the volume of rain, and overflowed in some areas. Two cargo vessels were anchored near to the Slipway presumably seeking shelter.

A flood alert warning of coastal flooding in Skye was issued by the Scottish ...

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