Staffin stock shines at biggest Skye lamb sale of year

LAMBS from Staffin were again among the top prices at the island’s second big sale of the season in Portree.

More than 4,100 store lambs were sold by Dingwall and Highland Marts on Monday in what was described by a company spokesman as a “good sound trade” for all classes. It comes after the first sale last month saw several Staffin crofters come away with top prices, further enhancing the district’s reputation among buyers as a source of top quality store lambs. 

The dry weather ...

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Staffin stalwarts step down: new members needed!

SIX members of the eight-strong Staffin Community Council have indicated that they will step down this autumn, sparking a need for new people to stand for election.

The group of community councillors are steeping down for a variety of reasons having given excellent service to the Staffin community over some years. 

The community council is a vital statutory body as it allows local residents to act and speak out on behalf if their district. Their specific role can vary according ...

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Archaeological excavation starts in Staffin next week

STAFFIN Community Trust and the University of the Highlands and Islands is holding a five-day archaeological excavation near An Corran next week. The small-scale community-centred dig, which will involve an 8-metre by 2-metre trench and 1x1m test pits, will run from Wednesday, September 9 to Monday, September 14.

The site may date back 8,000 years to the Mesolithic era when Scotland was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who lived off the wild resources of the land and sea. The excavation – which ...

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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 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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