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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Staffin Business Directory goes live!

A POPULAR quilting firm in Staffin has become the first to be featured on a new online business directory.

The Wee Quilter, run by Wendy Higgins, has become the very first business entry on the Staffin Community Trust website.

The Trust’s directors saw the creation of a one-stop website which can promote the array of Staffin’s businesses and help the local economy attract new custom as a key objective. The website was only launched in September and there has been ...

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Deadine passes on Staffin’s “Call for Sites”


A PUBLIC call for potential affordable housing sites in Staffin has ended, as the next stage in the efforts to encourage the construction of new homes begins.

The Staffin Community Trust had issued the call locally following the publication of a report into the housing needs of the district.

The Highlands Small Housing Communities Trust had researched the issues and presented the report, which concluded there was a demand for new affordable homes in Staffin, in September.

Both of Staffin’s national elected representatives, Dave Thompson ...

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Dog plunges to death at Kilt Rock


PET owners have been warned to keep their animals on leads near cliff tops after a dog died at the Kilt Rock.

HM Coastguard responded to a 999 call on Friday (Nov 28) that a cocker spaniel had run over the top of the cliff, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Rescue teams from Portree and Dunvegan, plus the Portree RNLI crew, raced to the scene.

A coastguard member was lowered down the 200-ft cliff in the search for the dog.

However, the animal’s ...

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Kids invited to festive parade and tree switch on

STAFFIN youngsters have been invited take part in a festive parade and big Christmas tree switch on.

This year’s Christmas tree in Portree will be illuminated on Monday night (December 1).

Any children who wish to participate in the lantern parade before the switch on should meet at the Portree Community Centre at 5.30pm. The youth pipe band will then lead the procession to Somerled Square for the start of the Christmas festivities.

There will be entertainment in Somerled Square before the lights go on and ...

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Younger “Digg” is Skye Camanachd POY

A DUNTULM man who has strong Staffin ties is the Skye Camanachd Player of the Year.

Ally MacDonald from Aird received the coveted honour for the 2014 season at the club’s annual awards dinner dance in Portree at the weekend.

Skye won the Marine Harvest North Division One this season, eight points clear of their nearest challengers Newtonmore.

Ally, a defender, has been a stalwart in the first team this season and was one of only two players to not miss a game. ...

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Wanted: A Creative Spark

YOUNG people in Trotternish are being urged to provide a creative spark in their own community.

The Highland Youth Arts Hub (HYAH), backed by the national agency Creative Scotland, is seeking entrants for an exciting new project called Creative in Your Community.

It aims to encourage young people to get involved in creative activity and wants to support those aged between 12 and 25-years-old develop their own project, within their own district.They would be supported by experienced figures from the arts world.

A spokeswoman ...

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