This is the crofting township of Stenscholl (stone slope, Norse). A croft is an agricultural smallholding. The crofter, who is a tenant or owner-occupier of the croft, will often have sheep or cattle. In the past you could make a bare living from the croft but nowadays the crofter will have other sources of income – for example, tourism, service industries, building and teaching. In the 21st century crofting is for many an antidote to today’s lifestyle and the stress of filling in forms! However, the people of Staffin still have a strong connection to the land, and crofting continues from father to son.

sheep panel
Old woman