Part of the expansion of the Estate’s remit under community ownership includes the establishment of the Development Department. Comprising a Development Manager and Development Officer and 0.5 FTE of the Chief Executive’s post, the main focus of the Development Team since 2008 has been the progression of the 2 main projects recognised as transformational in terms of social and economic regeneration – Lochcarnan Community Wind Farm and Lochboisdale Regeneration Project.
New Office Development
On the 4th anniversary of the community buyout (December 2010), Stòras Uibhist bought the HIE advance office building in Daliburgh, South Uist and transformed it into a permanent and more accessible base for Stòras Uibhist as well as a Business Centre with offices and meeting rooms for let.
Stòras Uibhist leases the Old Tom Morris links course at Askernish to Askernish Golf Club. Stòras Uibhist has given considerable support to the club and the restoration of the links course. Now a crucial feature of the leisure attractions of South Uist, Stòras Uibhist employed a 3 year Askernish Development Manager post to ensure appropriate marketing of the course and the estate area as well as raising awareness and participation in the sport locally.
Aiming to diversify the market for Grogarry Lodge, Stòras Uibhist hosts regular residential gaidhlig weeks which enable Gàidhlig learners to spend a week immersing themselves in the language in its homeland, whilst giving a taste of what the island has to offer for visitors.
Stòras Ghàidhlig 2015 will run from Sunday 19th April to Friday 24th. Please see the link on the right for further details.
Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail
Through the Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail, Stòras Uibhist provides a guided opportunity for visitors and locals alike to gain a better understanding of the locations Bonnie Prince Charlie visited while he was in hiding in the Islands. In 2013 a series of walks, talks and boat trips were organised to highlight the trail, raise awareness of the project and to initiate local provider involvement in this unique attraction. The trail now lends itself as a very useful and informative way to explore the islands of Eriskay, South Uist & Benbecula and their heritage. Further information on the trail is available at http://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/see-and-do/trails-and-journeys/bonnie-prince-charlie-trail .