Made in Staffin: Mòd Gold Medal winner!

STAFFIN can partially lay claim to the 2014 Gold Medal winner, it has been confirmed.

Inverness-based solicitor Angus MacLeod won the blue riband event for singers at the Royal National Mòd earlier this month. 

Angus, who is also a member of the Inverness Gaelic Choir, won the competition on his home turf but revealed at the time he had a strong Skye and Western Isles family background.

Angus’ grandfather Alec Fraser, who hailed from Clachan, was a former headmaster of Staffin School in the post-war period. Angus’ mother ...

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Staffin candle company for sale but still burning bright

A HUGELY popular Staffin candle-making business has been put up for sale.
But the owners have stressed it is business as usual as they gear up for the busy festive period.
Skyelight Candles, which is run by Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping, has been trading for 14 years.
It started off from humble beginnings in a small garage next to their home at the Old Mission House, Garafad, but Skyelight’s reputation quickly grew, largely through word of mouth. The company’s ...

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Staffin’s busiest day of the year?

ALL roads lead to Staffin next month for the hugely popular Cancer Research UK’s sale of work.

The annual event, which is something of an institution in north Skye, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity’s work over the years.

It is probably the busiest day of the year in Staffin, certainly in terms of the number of vehicles parked around Staffin Hall!

The sale kicks off at 2pm on Saturday November 8. All the usual attractions including an auction, Wheel ...

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Staffin holds global web appeal!

VISITORS from every continent in the world have logged on to check out the new Staffin Trust website in the first month since it went live.

The Trust has been delighted by the huge amount of interest in Staffin and its economic projects, with almost 2,000 page views since the site went live.

More than 550 different people have clicked on and spent an of average more than two minutes visiting the site.

Of that stream of heavy website traffic, 90 per cent of people live in ...

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Community First Responders’ event in Staffin


RESIDENTS in Staffin are being invited to attend an information event about a scheme which sees trained volunteers respond to emergency calls, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. 

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), in partnership with Staffin Community Council, is hosting the event about the Community First Responders initiative next month. 

There are currently more than 100 communities across Scotland which have first responders living locally and a scheme was set up in Glendale just last year.  

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Trotternish pupils to the Four at Mòd

CHILDREN from Staffin and Kilmuir swept the boards at the Royal National Mod on Monday (13.10) winning FOUR competitions.

The talented youngsters finished the first day of children’s competition in Inverness with an impressive haul of silverware.

Youngsters from Bun-sgoil Stafainn and Kilmuir Primary teamed up as Clann Thròndairnis to win the folk group category.

The group, made up of Megan MacIver, Jonathan Beaton, Isla MacLeod and Erin Gillies, won top prize and were presented with the Murdo MacFarlane Trophy for under 13-year-olds.  Trotternish children previously won the same competition ...

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Snowy Staffin goes pop!

A SNOW-clad Staffin has provided the backdrop for a pop star’s new video.

Upcoming Merseyside singer-songwriter Jennifer Davies has released “Choke” which was shot on Skye earlier this year.

It was shot back in February at several locations with Staffin Beach and Sartle, providing shots of the Quiraing, featuring prominently.

The singer and her crew stayed several nights in Staffin.

The song’s video, which is on her debut EP “Lapse of Time”, has already had 4,300 views on You Tube.

To watch it,  click here


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Staffin youngsters eye Mòd success


A CLUTCH of Staffin children are in the Highland Capital today (13.10) eyeing further success at the Royal National Mòd 2014.

The youngsters are in Inverness, along with their Trotternish neighbours from Kilmuir, to compete in a variety of competitions including singing and recitals as the children’s section of the national festival starts proper.

The children will be buoyed after their silverware success at the Skye Provincial Mòd back in the summer. 

Trotternish has a rich tradition of national Mòd achievements and ...

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Lights, Camera, Action…

IT WAS lights, camera and action… as the spotlight turned on Gaelic’s starring role in the Staffin Ecomuseum.

Staffin Community Trust directors Dugald Ross and Sine Gillespie were both interviewed on Tuesday (7.10) about the language’s use in the ecomuseum called Ceumannan, which opened in 2009.

Gaelic runs throughout the ecomuseum, from the names of the 13 walking locations including the Cuith-Raing, Loch Shianta and An Lethallt. Then there are the stories behind the different sites and Gaelic has a high-profile prominence in the literature like the ...

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Wanted: potential affordable housing sites

LOCAL residents, townships and landowners in Staffin are being encouraged to suggest potential sites for new affordable housing.

The Staffin Community Trust has issued the call. Fifteen years have passed since affordable homes were built in Staffin after the houses emerged following the demolition of the old school.

The Trust sees the provision of housing as vital if younger people are to be retained within the district, the school roll decline reversed and jobs created through the proposed Slipway development.

A comprehensive ...

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