Staffin, whose name comes from the Norse for “pillar”, is a village nestling under the unworldly shaped pinnacles (known respectively as “The Prison” and “The Needle” separated by a huge flat plain called “The Table”) that form The Quiraing. Following the curve of Staffin Bay, its pebbled beach is famous for its dinosaur footprints. Indeed, Stone Age people, some 8,500 years ago, had settled here and the remains of later Iron Age huts – known as hut circles – can still be seen. Today, there are shops, a post office, a restaurant and a café with internet services.
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