Biz directory bolstered by Staffin shop and Jurassic mecca!

A BUSY community shop and Jurassic museum are the latest additions to the online Staffin business listings, as the website’s popularity soars. 

Nine Staffin businesses are now featured on the https://staffin-trust.co.uk/staffin-directory and Staffin Community Trust is looking to add more in the coming weeks as it seeks to further showcase what the Taobh Sear can offer.

Establishing a one-stop Staffin website was a key objective of the Staffin Trust’s board of directors as local businesses had repeatedly called in recent years for ...

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Top trade for Staffin lambs at first Skye sale of season

MORE than 1,900 lambs were sold at the first Skye livestock sale of the season and stock from Staffin fetched excellent prices in the ring.

On a key day in the calendar for crofters in Staffin the sale at Portree on Monday, held by Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, saw 2,247 store lambs and ewes sold.

Despite recent concerns at a fall in the price of lamb and the poor weather over the summer a company spokesman praised the standard of stock and said that ...

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Staffin people feature in Gaelic documentary

GAELIC-speaking Staffin residents feature prominently in a new online documentary about the language in Scotland, 10 years after it was enshrined in law.

Edinburgh Napier University journalism student Lauren Beehan visited Staffin last month as part of the filming and carried out several interviews for the 20-minute programme. She wanted to investigate the language’s role in society a decade after the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act was introduced.   

Lauren, who is from Ireland, conducted her interviews in English and spoke to Janet Lamont, ...

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The Staffin roar sparks tug ‘o war games glory!

STAFFIN’S warrior women say the roar of their supporters provided the spark for their aching limbs, as they reclaimed the coveted tug o’war 2015 title at the Skye Games.
The island’s most decorated tug o’war team ever – having won 11 championships at The Lump in a row – had failed to hold on to the crown in the last two years, as the Portree Bootcamp team took the silverware.
However, the fighting spirit in the Trotternish squad, and a tough pre-games build ...

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Take the strain: Staffin women out to wrench back Games title!

A DETERMINED Staffin team are going all out to haul back their Skye Highland Games title next week.

After a decade of dominance – but two recent hollow years – the talented squad from the Taobh Sear, who are no strangers to silverware, are stepping up their training for the tug o’ war in Portree on Wednesday.

And they are imploring everybody from Staffin and Trotternish to head up to The Lump to roar them to to victory.

Forty eight hours before the contest, the team will be having a ...

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Superslow internet? Staffin residents needed for superfast broadband push

STAFFIN residents and businesses – who are currently plagued by frustratingly slow internet speeds – are needed to help secure a new superfast broadband scheme.

The North Skye Broadband Project, which was launched by the Glendale Trust, investigated internet provision in Glendale, Waternish and Duntulm in a major public consultation between April and May and concluded that there was demand for a community-led broadband service.

Almost 50 people from Staffiin also completed a survey outlining the current online service in the Taobh Sear, which indicated the ...

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John and Joe triumph at Staffin Sheepdog Trials

A LOCH Ness-side man beat off the Emerald Isle charge to secure victory at the 2015 Staffin Sheepdog Trials.
In a stellar international field of 52 dogs at Elishadder, John MacKillop from Fort Augustus emerged the victor with his dog, Joe.
The pair won the annual competition, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit, by a five-point margin.
Behind John, in runner-up position, plus third, fourth and fifth, were a group of talented Irish handlers. In sixth position was Kensaleyre’s Jimmy Lamont, who also ...
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Walking guide training for Staffin people

STAFFIN residents who are keen to take part in a new walking group are being offered the chance to have a day’s training next month as a guide.

The Staffin Community Trust is progressing plans to create additional footpath routes in the district as part of the Skye Ecomuseum, Ceumannan. http://www.skyecomuseum.co.uk/staffin-trust.php  The paths are not just for visitors though. SCT wants to encourage local people to get the benefit of the Ceumannan sites and enjoy pleasant walks all-year round in Staffin ...

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Broadband shortcomings outlined by Staffin residents

STAFFIN residents and businesses have outlined the limitations of their current internet service – amid moves to secure high speed broadband for the district and other north Skye communities. 

The North Skye Broadband Project (NSBP), which is being led by the Glendale Trust, investigated internet provision in Glendale, Waternish and Duntulm in a major public consultation between April and May.

BT is in the midst of a region-wide roll-out of superfast broadband but none of those communities are included. In ...

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International flavour to Staffin Sheepdog Trials

THE Staffin Sheepdog Trials takes place next week with competitors from several different countries making their way to the hugely popular annual event in Trotternish.

The judge presiding over the handlers and dogs has an impressive pedigree himself.

Stuart Davidson, who will be casting an expert eye over a stellar field of competitors, is no stranger to silverware and has been the Supreme Champion twice and Scottish National Champion five times.

Handlers from all over Europe, Wales, England, Ireland, and of ...

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