Isle of Gigha

Isle of Gigha

Hydraulics hitch leaves motorists stranded aboard island ferry

A 20-MINUTE crossing turned into a six-hour ordeal for a dozen motorists after technical problems hit a Scottish ferry.

Call for expansion of community land

THE community land movement is helping to strengthen rural Scotland by retaining and increasing populations, sustaining schools and creating jobs and homes, a study has found.

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Journey's end

WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS? Achamore House – The Big House, to locals – is a rambling baronial mansion full of warm wooden panelling and vast, airy rooms, set amid 52 acres of gardens belonging to the community of Gigha.

We'd have community spirit on tap in our pub

FOR most folk, buying their local pub would be nothing more than a pipe dream.

Islanders becoming 'victims of their own success' following buy-out

PEOPLE living on Gigha who bought their own island face becoming victims of their own success, according to a new report.

Five years on and God's Isle reaps its rewards

LESS than a decade ago, Willie McSporran feared the slow deterioration of the island where he had grown up and where he had lived most of his 70 years was becoming terminal.

Gigha opens doors with first social housing in 50 years

GIGHA residents were yesterday given the keys to the first new social housing on the island in 50 years, built as part of a £2.9 million affordable homes project.

Islanders celebrate start of new homes

THE first major housing development on Gigha was launched yesterday, the third anniversary of the island’s community buy-out.

Gigha lands windfall with communal turbines

SCOTLAND’S first mains-connected community owned windfarm will be switched on today in another landmark development for islanders on Gigha.

Gigha to opt out by harvesting wind power

THE Isle of Gigha is currently undertaking a programme to create Scotland’s first community-owned wind farm, with huge economic and social benefits for the island.

Land fund lottery cash dries up

THE future of the Scottish Land Fund, which has helped high-profile community buy-outs such as Gigha and North Harris, is in doubt after confirmation that it is unlikely to receive further lottery money.

Payback time for islanders' dream

SOAKED to the skin they stood in the driving rain, glowing with pride amid the Hebridean mist. Above them, their message of achievement adorned a flag blowing furiously in the strong wind. La paigheadh an deich ceud mile - £1 million. Paid in full.

US buyer brings business to Gigha

THE island of Gigha’s "big house" has been bought for £640,000 by an American businessman who plans to relocate his company from Sussex and create six full-time jobs.

A sweet expansion for buy-out island

THE Queen, Jack McConnell and sweet-toothed celebrities will soon be able to have their own little taste of Gigha.

Gigha island to be put on market

AN ISLAND community is to reverse recent trends by offering to sell part of the land in its control to a private buyer who will acquire a historic title into the bargain.

Gigha islanders set to land interest windfall

THE residents of Gigha are on track to repay the £1m loan that allowed them to buy their island, and earns thousands of pounds in interest on the deal.

Projects herald rebirth of Gigha community

THE signs of progress are evident from the three small but highly significant business units now taking shape, the first to be built on the island of Gigha. Two have already been snapped up and such is the interest in the third that another two are being planned. Work will also shortly begin on 14 new houses, the first for 25 years, to meet rising demand.

Challenges ahead as Gigha's residents get down to business

IN THE shadows of Achamore Gardens, the perfectly manicured grounds on the Isle of Gigha created by former landowner Sir James Horlick, roams a golden pheasant.

Island's plan for first new homes in 25 years is 'crucial for future'

PLANS are being drawn up to build the first new homes on Gigha for more than 25 years, in a bid to increase the population by nearly a third.

Gigha asks £600,000 for former laird's home

ISLANDERS on Gigha are dipping into the property market for the first time in history by putting the former laird’s house up for sale.

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