West Harris Trust is joining in with a week-long programme of events across Scotland being coordinated by Community Land Scotland (CLS) in partnership with the Scottish Government.

There are activities and events running across the country from Saturday 11th August – Sunday 19th August 2018.

Lewis community landowners Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh, are also hosting a variety of tourism and heritage events and renewable energy project visits which will allow people to see more of what happens on community-owned land.

Chair of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, Agnes Rennie said: “Co-ordinating events to showcase our community land projects through Community land Week is a fantastic way to help us highlight the tangible impact on communities and how this will build future capacity.

“It will also give tourists and locals a chance to find out more about the journey communities have undertaken, from the pre- purchase early vision to the post-purchase realisation of that vision.  

“Community Land Week gives community owners an opportunity to share their story. We have tailored walks, talks, and events which gives additional reasons for people to visit the Western Isles.

“The week-long event will encourage visitors to find out more about community land and learn more about the rich culture and heritage of the areas they are visiting and possibly from a new vantage point.”

Linsay Chalmers, CLS development manager added: “We are at a very exciting phase of community land ownership in Scotland, where more and more communities are using landownership to drive forward the regeneration of their area.

“The range and diversity of projects developed by community landowners over the past 20 years will be showcased during the week, through events from the Western Isles to the Borders”

Community Land Projects in the Western Isles include:

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Saturday 11th August)

join the group walk to help test the Bonnet Laird Walk route. The Bonnet Laird Walk has 4 sections; you are welcome to do as many sections as you wish and start/finish at any of the four points below:

Callanish - meet at 10am at Callanish Fank (main road);

Breasclete – meet at 11:15am at Breasclete Fank (Pentland Road);

Tolsta Chaolais – meet at 12:45pm at Tolsta Fank (main road);

Doune – meet at 2:15pm at Doune Braes Hotel (car-park in front of hotel).

There will be soup and tea/coffee provided at Carloway School afterwards (3pm-5pm). Please note this is a moorland walk - please come prepared. For further information please visit www.carlowayestatetrust.co.uk

West Harris Trust  (Tuesday 14th August @ 11.00)

will be hosting a guided visit to their renewables projects including a visit to the 100kW hydro scheme and 100kW Xant wind turbine. After the tour attendees will return to Talla na Mara for a tour of the building, a brief talk on the aims, objectives and achievements of the Trust and tea / coffee. Information on how to get to the hydro scheme meeting point can be found here – http://www.tallanamara.co.uk/event/community-land-week-renewables-visit/

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Thursday 16th August @ 14.00)

will be hosting a short talk on the history of the estate right up to the time of the buyout followed by a mini movie of the key milestones and some highlights since the buyout in 2007. Visitors can visit the Beatha air a’ mhonadh (life on the moor) photography exhibition which is currently on display at the business centre. At 15.15 there will be an opportunity to take a guided walk to explore key sites of interest relating to the buyout celebration and the history of Galson.

There will also be an opportunity at 16.30 to visit the wind energy project in Ballantrushal. This has been the largest project undertaken by the Trust since the buyout and the income has allowed a Community Investment Programme to be rolled out.

For more details on each of the events check out http://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/whats-new/community-land-week