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Isle of Luing Community Trust

Area of Operation:

Isle of Luing
Argyll & Islands

Number of Staff:
5 p/t

How We Started

The Trust was established to take forward the desire of the Luing History Group to create a museum & archive, interpretation of the natural and human history of the island, and environmental improvements associated with the remains of the abandoned slate quarrying industry.  Wider educational and social aims were built into the Mem. and Arts. for future developments.

What We Do

Land and mineral rights were acquired in 2006-7 to enable museum and associated facilities to be built, and environmental improvements around Cullipool village.  Heritage interpretation of the island’s natural and human history has been provided in a series of interpretive panels around the island, coupled with a series of walks leaflets. The trust provides a charitable umbrella  to enable smaller groups to gain funding (e.g. Playing field, First Responders, History Group).  The Trust also puts on occasional events - literary, musical, drama, social - and these will become a more planned aspect of the activities once the Atlantic Islands Centre is open.

Our Assets

  • Land within village of Cullipool, including the ruin of the slate quarry engine shed
  • The Atlantic Islands Centre
  • Mineral rights to old slate workings, mainly in and near Cullipool, including a large stockpile of slate waste for use in helping to protect the village beach from rapid erosion.
  • 14 Interpretation Panels situated around the island

Our Future Plans

The museum project evolved over time into plans for an Atlantic Islands Centre incorporating a small museum, cafe-restaurant, exhibition and event space and ancillary rooms.  The Centre incorporates the re-built remains of the old slate quarry engine house.  Plans were submitted to the Council in July 2010, and passed in January 2011. Funding was raised through successful applications to Big Lottery, ERDF, Climate Challenge Fund, Bord na Gaidhlig, The Robertson Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

The building opened in June 2015, since when our energies have been focused on building a sustainable enterprise.  However after two years, we are now turning our attention to broader matters, with affordable housing, business enterprises and renewable enrgy sources high on the list.

In 2016 the Trust joined with the Trusts of Lismore, Easdale and |kerrera to form the Lorn Islands Partnership to bring strength in numbers to our common futures, especially as we seek funding to make best use of all our assets, natural, man-made and human. A strong desire to improve recycling, to reduce carbon footprints and address population aging and decline provides a common agenda for some timne to come.

Contact Details

Alastair Fleming

01852 314367
fleming [dot] a [dot] z [at] btinternet [dot] com

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Last Updated: Tue, 05/09/2017 - 20:06