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Gallan Head Community Trust

Gallan Head Community Trust was incorporated in 2014 by the remote community of Aird Uig on the Isle of Lewis. The aims of the Trust are currently to create job opportunities, to encourage new families to settle here, and to provide interest and enjoyment to visitors by sharing our remarkable Gallan Head peninsula.

In January 2016 we completed a community buyout of land known as MOD Aird Uig. Our first priority is to make the land safe, to make it accessible to the public for the first time in many decades, and to open a small visitor centre.

The most north-westerly point in the UK, the Gallan Head has points of interest for naturalists, artists, geographers, geologists, archaeologists and historians and others. Our further plans include the CETUS PROJECT: a multi-purpose night sky and marine mammal observatory. Working with Stornoway Astronomical Society and St Andrews University, we aim to install hydrophones on the sea bed to listen to, identify and locate whales and other marine creatures, and to make the most of our dark skies status.