Since 2003 the aim has been to build a centre in the Conservation Village of Cullipool to include heritage space, exhibition/events space, work spaces and a café-restaurant.  Details of what is now the Atlantic Islands Centre project are given on a separate page.

In parallel with this, the projects included the creation of interpretation panels to give visitors information about the natural and human history of the island, with walk leaflets that would enable visitors to find the panels, and also benches and picnic tables. This part of the project was achieved in 2007-8.

Also included was the acquisition of land and mineral rights to the old Cullipool slate quarries that would provide a site for the centre, and also enable the restiration and protection of Cullipool beach through use of the stockpile of waste slate at the quarries. This was achieved in early 2007 through grants from the Scottish Land Fund (part of the government’s New Opportunities Fund, in turn now incorporated into Big Lottery Fund) and the Community Land Unit at HIE.

More recently, the Moorings Project has been approved for a grant from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund through the Fisheries Local Action Group to provide a number of yacht moorings at Cullipool.  These should be in use in summer 2015.

The Trust and the Community Council are currently looking at the possibility of joining the Community Broadband Scotland scheme to provide high speed broadband to a number of remote Argyll communities by microwave links.  There are currently no plans by BT to bring optical fibre provision to Luing in the foreseeable future.

The Trust has succeeded in becoming one of 30 communities across the UK to be accepted by Vodafone for provision of 3G mobile phone access using their Sure Signal technology, subject to technical assessment.  This should become available in 2015 if the technical assessment is positive.




Completed Projects

Luing Community Trust has completed a number of projects since its creation, including:

  • Cullipool Coastal Protection – an early and very necessary project to protect the village of Cullipool and its beach from storm damage.
  • Interpretive Panels – a series of panels located around the island, covering the history, geology, wildlife and background of the island.
  • Walk Leaflets – set of maps and details of walks on the island. Available from Luing Stores.
  • Luing Constellation Project – community project to create a constellation, using significant dates in the history of the island.