CEUMANNAN (footsteps, paths; from Gaelic) is waiting for you to come and discover many of the secrets of Staffin, ‘the place of pillars’. It will take Mum or Dad only half an hour to drive through it non-stop, from one end to the other. But there are 13 sites to be discovered, and, as you can guess yourself, you will need a lot more time for that. Check our website for what’s on during the school holidays. We organise treasure hunts and other fun events.
WELCOME TO THE DINOSAUR STAMPING GROUND OF SCOTLAND!
Staffin hosts the most impressive collection of Scotland’s dinosaur remains. What size is your foot? At the Kilt rock site you can compare it with the Jurassic dinosaur footprints that have been found on this coast. See if you can guess which one is the giant footprint of the ornithopod discovered here in 1982. See if your foot fits in the smallest dinosaur footprint in the world. You will see the tiny print of a baby dinosaur. In 2004 it made an historic appearance in the Guinness Book of World Records. The original footprint is to be seen in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. But why not visit Staffin’s Museum (with walls and a roof!) where you will see an exact replica!?
WHAT DO YOU THINK AN ECOMUSEUM IS? Ecomuseum is made up of two words, eco and museum. "Eco" is a shortened version of "ecology". This means the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, and the ‘providence’ that is out there for mankind to use wisely and respectfully. As you know, a museum is a building that usually contains all sorts of historical and fascinating objects and exhibits. It is also a good place for finding out about the past. An ecomuseum is a museum without walls. It doesn’t have a roof - just the sky above it. It’s a place where you can go exploring and discover all sorts of exciting and fascinating sites in the landscape. It also has to do with all the help that man has been given by nature to enable us all to survive, such as peat, land to plant oats or held sheep, mining, fishing or harvesting seaweed.
"Nuair a bha mi na mo dheugaire, bhithinn a’faicinn lorgan nan dìneasair air na clachan, ach aig an àm sin cha robh mi cinnteach dè bha na lorgan a’ ciallachadh. ’S ann anns na 1970an a smaoinich mi gur e an aon rud ’s a bha mi fhìn air fhaicinn nam òige. Is e oileanaich clach-eòlais a dhearbh an toiseach gur e lorgan dhìneasair a bha annta. Is ann an 1994 a chaidh an dàrna rud a lorg – fosail cetiosaurus an triop seo. Is e latha mòr a bha sin dhòmhsa agus dhan t-saoghal mhòr. Is e tionndadh na mo bheatha a bha ann. Thug seo an cothrom dhomh slighe eile a ghabhail leis an taigh-tasgaidh agam. Rud a b’ iongantaiche a thachair nam obair, is e an latha a fhuair mi làraichean-coise àil òig de dhìneasairean a leanail am pàrantan – fianais a tha air leth ainneamh ann an saoghal an eòlais seo."