New affordable home opportunity in Flodigarry

CONSTRUCTION work on a new affordable home in Flodigarry is progressing well and is expected to be completed in April.

And the owner, the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCT), is now advertising the three-bedroom house’s availability for “Rent to Buy”. This could offer first time buyers the opportunity to rent for five years before purchasing the house outright at a fixed price of £140,000. That is a 20 per cent discount from the open market price and people with local connections who make enquires ...

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Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter out now

UPDATES on the main Staffin Community Trust projects, a charity fundraiser for Syria, “Big Breakfast” fundraiser, latest gym classes and a lot more are published in the district’s bi-annual newsletter, which can be read by clicking on this link: Winter 2017 Staffin Newsletter

Hardcopies will also be made available at the Staffin Post Office, MacKenzie Stories, Staffin Stores, Columba 1400 and Staffin Primary School fin the next couple of days. 


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2017 Staffin arrival for new teacher who is looking for a home

A NEW teacher who has a memorable start to 2017 with a flit to Staffin is seeking accommodation for his young family. 
Stephen and wife Helen Atkins and their two sons are moving to Skye next month as he will be taking up a teacher’s post in Portree Primary, which will see him also work at Staffin and other schools on the island, as and when required.
The family are moving up from England and have family connections in Uist and have ...
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Festive countdown for busy Staffin businesses

FOLLOWING a hectic 2016 season Staffin businesses are in the midst of the busy festive run-in with only several days until Christmas.

Thirteen local businesses, including the two shops, craft outlets, cafes, accommodation, museum, gym, etc, are all now featured on the Staffin Community Trust’s online directory. It provides helpful information for what is on offer in Staffin for both visitors and locals and SCT has recorded heavy website traffic to the site this year, particulary from other parts of the world. ...

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Staffin crofters film released and is Holyrood bound

IT’S not quite a Christmas DVD…but a film featuring Staffin crofters at work – which was premiered last month – is a special release itself – and can now be watched online in time for the festive season.

And the successful production, which saw Staffin crofters and their collies wear GoPros to capture them gathering their stock on the Trotternish Ridge, is set to go to Holyrood, in 2017 for a screening at the Scottish Parliament before MSPs.

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Abs-fantastic 2016 for Staffin Gym as first birthday looms!

STAFFIN Gym is celebrating a special milestone next month – its first birthday – and is stepping up its promotional efforts to attract locals and holidaymakers to get a sweat on.

The gym has become the 13th business to join the growing online directory aimed at showcasing the wide range of businesses in Staffin following a highly successful 12 months.

One in 10 Staffin residents are now card-carrying members at the gym, which was officially named Aurora Fitness by local school pupils, and ...

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Production company makes welcome boost to SCT coffers

A PRODUCTION company which regularly promotes the Taobh Sear’s unique scenery has made a donation to Staffin Community Trust following a recent shoot. 

Edinburgh-based LS Productions, which is the UK’s largest stills and motion service, has donated £100 towards SCT’s project work.

LS is a regular visitor to Staffin and the Storr and Quiraing feature heavily in its website.The company works on big advertising and filing campaigns for a range of companies and brands and was recently at Loch Mealt, Ellishadder, which is near the Kilt Rock.

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Secret & urgent: WWII emergency document for “enemy invasion” in Staffin uncovered

A FASCINATING piece of Staffin’s wartime history has been uncovered –  instructions on what to do in the event of an “enemy invasion”.

The memo, labelled “Secret & Urgent”, was sent by a police chief to the Staffin Exchange – in May 1944 as the Second World War raged. At the time Britain was still a year away from the end of the war and the German surrender.  Eight men are listed on the Staffin and Valtos war memorials having died during the ...

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Positive feedback from local people to Storr Project progress

THERE was an encouraging local response to a Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) consultation event which outlined the progress with the Old Man of Storr Project.

Around 30 people attended a drop-in event on November 5 – and also called in to the SCT office during the week afterwards, to view a summary of the options appraisal work carried out so far and a proposed site layout at the Highland Council-owned site at the Storr, which attracts thousands of people each year.

Increasing numbers ...

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Move over Hollywood… Staffin crofters star in film premiere

WHILE Staffin’s scenery has become a mecca for Hollywood in recent years, several crofters from the Taobh Sear will appear on the big screen themselves this week.

The Old Man of Storr, Quiraing and Staffin Bay are some of the most popular local locations for films, music videos and commercials but local people don’t enjoy a starring role.

That is going to change in Portree on Thursday night (10.11) as a film premiere will be held featuring five Staffin crofters.  “Grazing on the Edge” is a film which ...

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