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The Staffin area falls naturally into three divisions:

  • The Trotternish Ridge
  • The Coastline
  • Inland, including rivers, lochs, woodland and other features.


The ridge extends north to south from Sgurr Ṃr to the Storr. The best overall account is that by Prof. John Birks in the Nature Conservation Review (Ratcliffe, 1977). The whole ridge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation. The Ridge is important for several scientific reasons: Geology (Massive Land Slips), Botany (Mountain vegetation above 450 m) and Birds ( www.skye-birds.co.uk)


The coast runs north to south from Flodigarry to Rubha na h-Àirde Glaise. The whole length has been identified by the Scottish Development Department as a Preferred Conservation Zone. The sandy beach at An Corran (NG 490686) has been noted as the only one in Trotternish. An extensive block of land extending inland from the coast between Flodigarry and Rubha nam Bràithrean (NG 5262); and inland to the corresponding summit of the Trotternish Ridge; has been identified as a National Scenic Area. A broad coastal strip running north to south from Rigg (NG 5256) to Am Bile (NG 5044) is a geological SSSI.


Lealt River (NG 5060 & 5160) and Kilmartin (NG 4863 & 4868) are the most important of the few rivers. There are several lochs in Staffin. The three outstanding ones are Loch Mealt (NG 5064 & 5065), Loch Cuithir (NG 4759) and Loch Fada (NG 4948 & 4949). Woodland is generally sparse, but good where it occurs: Bearreraig Bay (NG 5152), Lealt River (NG 5060 & 5260), Rubha Garbhaig (NG 490686 – 499681), Dun Dubh and Druim an Ruma (NG 4466)


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Take your litter home.
Guard against all risk of fire.
Leave all gates as you find them.
Keep dogs under proper control.
Use access routes, gates and stiles responsibly.
Respect the property and interests of others.
Help preserve the environment and keep water clean.
Make no unnecessary noise.
Take special care on country roads and park sensibly.