Glenuig Community Association
Glenuig is a tiny community of just over thirty folk located in the Parish of Moidart in remote west Lochaber. The village looks west across the Sound of Arisaig towards the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna.
Access to Glenuig by public road was only made possible in 1966, and mains electricity arrived in 1983. A growing population of young people saw the revival of Glenuig Village Hall Committee in 1982, running the village hall situated in the old School Room. In 1993 the Hall Committee changed to become Glenuig Community Association.
Through determined fundraising, notably through the Glenuig Music Festival (1983-1993) the local community built the magnificent Glenuig Hall which is owned and managed by the GCA.
Glenuig Community Association (GCA) has been responsible for several initiatives in the area, including organising training courses in computers, dry stone dyking and thatching, and the renovation of the pier at Port na Luinge and other environmental improvements in Samalaman Bay, and is currently looking into the future of the Village Shop, hoping to build new premises and re-open the shop to be run as a Community Enterprise.
The area has been inhabited for thousands of years and the traces of these earlier residents are everywhere around. The coastal regions here are wild and rocky, but because of the warmer climate within the last two thousand years the area was heavily-populated, until in the last two hundred years the people were cleared from the land to be replaced by a more productive species, sheep. Many went, some voluntarily, some not, to the new colonies, particularly Cape Breton and America.
Nowadays Glenuig is a thriving and friendly community. Occupations include fishing, crofting, sheep-farming, the breeding of Cashmere goats, wood turning, building, and of course catering for the many visitors to the area. We have a cosy pub, a tiny but busy shop and Post Office and a variety of accommodation alternatives in Glenuig, Kinlochmoidart, Roshven and Lochailort.
The area is accessible by good modern roads, by train to Lochailort, or by bus from Fort William.
Our pride and joy is our Village Hall, one of the most splendid on the west coast and a very popular venue for entertainment: we regularly have traditional folk music, fiddlers, blues bands, opera and dance and a range of community activities ranging from yoga, playgroups and youth nights.
For further information, contact:
Lochailort PH38 4NG
Tel: 01687 – 470267
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