Staffin affordable housing development crowdfunding campaign goes live

THE FIRST ever ‘crowdfunding’ campaign in Skye to build affordable homes and a new medical clinic will be launched by a community organisation this week (6.9.19).

A four-minute film highlighting the challenges faced by Staffin, in the north-east of the island, in retaining and attracting families and young people will be released to publicise the campaign, 20 years after the last affordable housing development opened in the community.

And the Staffin Community Trust (SCT) will urge Hollywood production companies – which have ...

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Young Staffin stockman’s debut success at Skye Agri Show

A CLASSY Stenscholl calf shown by a young Staffin crofter made a big impact at this year’s Skye Agricultural show.

Experienced auctioneer Daniel Urquhart judged the stylish seven-month old Limousin cross – owned by Allan Wilson – the Best Calf and it was also crowned the show’s Reserve Champion in the cattle class.

Allan crofts at Stenscholl and Sartle, drawing on his grandfather Iain’s experience, and is only 22. It was his first time showing at the island’s show, and he ...

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Matheson duo reign supreme at return of Staffin’s Angling Competition

A RAINY Saturday provided the perfect conditions for landing fish at the resurrected Staffin Angling Competition.

The annual summer contest was hugely popular but went into abeyance in recent years. There was a keen appetite locally for it to return and it was held last Saturday (27.7) through Staffin Community Trust’s Skye Ecomuseum activities programme.

Seven boats with crews headed out to sea from Staffin Slip at 12 noon while there were another half a dozen people, of all ages, fishing from ...

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More than £27,000 raised after decade of Staffin Sheepdog Trials

AN ARGYLL handler and his dog were crowned the winners of the 2019 Staffin Sheepdog Trials, as the annual event passed a significant milestone.

The regal sounding ‘Queen’ and her owner Stuart Davidson, from Dunoon, scored the most points on the day at Ellishadder with the action judged by Invergarry-based Mike McNally.

The event is always well supported by the Staffin and wider Skye community and visitors to the area, and each event raises money for good causes. This was the ...

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Scottish internationalist at Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week

A TWO-TIMES Scottish internationalist will preside over the competition at the Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week.

As ever there will be a stellar field of handlers and sheepdogs from the UK and Ireland – and further afield – who will converge at Ellishadder for the popular annual event, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit.

Invergarry handler Mike McNally who has represented Scotland twice, is the judge in Staffin for the popular family event which attracts a significant crowd ...

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Glowing newspaper review for Columba 1400’s food

A FOOD reviewer in a national newspaper has hailed the quality of food and the setting at a popular Staffin eatery

Columba 1400’s Cafe was the subject of a hugely positive 400 word review and pictures in The Press & Journal newspaper, which has a circulation of almost 60,000 copies.

The unnamed reviewer, who went to the cafe incognito, was staying in a Staffin cottage near the shore with her husband. She gave the cafe a glowing 12 stars out of the ...

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New Staffin summer newsletter: out now

ALL the latest news from Staffin including – a fond farewell to a shop stalwart, the youth club’s resurrection, new projects by the local historical society, the achievements of young Bollywood dancers, an important turf-cutting ceremony in Flodigarry etc – all feature in the summer 2019 community newsletter for the district.

Effie MacLeod from Digg retired last month from the community-run Staffin Stores as manager, with Lyndsey Clark her successor. In 2006, the shop lease was bought by Staffin Community Hall ...

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The Nisich are coming… Staffin to welcome history society stalwarts

TWO members of a well-established historical society in the Western Isles will be in Staffin next month to deliver a talk on the organisation’s impact on their community.

Annie MacSween and Joan MacKay from the Ness district of Lewis will be in Staffin next month to deliver a talk on their community’s historical society, which was established more than 40 years ago.

Staffin Community Trust’s Skye Ecomuseum project has funding in place to support the creation of a historical society for Staffin. ...

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Businesses in Staffin spring into new season

FRESH menus, new products and special offers – Staffin’s business community is pulling out all the stops as we spring into the new visitor season.

All roads are leading to the Taobh Sear with the longer days, improving weather and a marked increase in traffic on the A855.

Staffin is on the east side of Trotternish peninsula and has unrivalled scenery and attractions.
There are a range of different businesses and services including shops, cafes, tearooms, a campsite, a quilter, a gym, museum, ...

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Safety barrier to be installed at Lealt gorge parking area

WORK on installing a new safety feature on the road leading to the new Lealt platform car park will be carried out next week.

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) closed the access road to the new car park in Lealt in February after freezing temperatures and icy surfaces prompted safety concerns.

The height barrier was lowered to to stop vehicles attempting to drive up the track, skid on the frozen surface, and potentially go through the stock fence.
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