Kyle & Lochalsh Community Trust
Our vision is to make Lochalsh a better place to live, work & visit.
We will do this by working in partnership with others, encourage local pride and a greater sense of identity, seize opportunities for growth and sustainable development, help others to deliver projects in our area and act as a catalyst for change to strengthen our community.
We currently own, maintain and manage two major assets within the community: an array of pontoons in the bay immediately in front of the village of Kyle; and toilet, shower and laundry facilities in the main car park. These are essential services which are used by local people, businesses and visitors. In the last 12 months over 60,000 people used our toilets. Our pontoons have had around 400 boat nights this past summer season. These community assets, which are managed on our behalf by Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trading Company, help to attract more visitors to our community, bring more income to local businesses, provide much-needed services for local people, and provide an income to the Trust as the Trading Company gift aids its profits to the Community Trust. Currently we are also working to expand our community pontoons and put in a floating breakwater. This would allow us to create a year-round facility with safe bearthage for local and visiting boats.
Our successful infrastructure improvements on the Plock of Kyle, a 60 acre site of relatively wild land, has helped to open up the area to people of all abilities. With the help of a ranger, who was employed as part of this project between March 2015 and June 2016, the Trust delivered a variety of activities and events, and the conservation volunteers? team set up by the ranger is still active on a weekly basis. The site is now actively used by a variety of people on a daily basis, including many dog walkers. The improved path network has offered more opportunities for local people and visitors alike to explore the environment, and the interpretation panels provide useful and interesting information about the area. We are now working towards obtaining the ownership of the Plock as well as an empty Toll Office building located at the Plock entrance and applying for funding for a Masterplan for the entire site.