The township of Flodigarry, at the north end of the Trotternish peninsula, is a remarkable community. Formed in the early 20th century, it comprises twelve of the original fourteen families who were allocated crofts. Determined to preserve and promote their heritage, this small number of residents have for several years created and hosted a programme of events, open to everyone, which celebrate Gaelic, their first language, as well as the music and culture of the area.
From as early as 2009, following the centenary event to celebrate the formation of Flodigarry township, the kernel of an idea was planted. Building on the success of this event the community determined that they should turn their efforts to the creation of a permanent public space:
to develop the Gaelic courses that they run in partnership with the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig;
to host concerts, cèilidhs and other functions;
for the interpretation of the history, geology and wildlife of the area;
to hold a wide variety of art exhibitions within (and possibly inspired by) a unique landscape;
to showcase the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.
Most importantly, it should be a social space in which to meet with each other and all of the visitors who come to experience the splendour of this wonderful area.
Partnering with a strong network of local institutions, businesses and voluntary groups within the Trotternish peninsula, they developed a vision to address the great need for such a resource in the north end of the island.
This project aims to develop that resource – a centre perfectly located next to the Flodigarry township and overlooking the sea. To this end the community created a development trust – Urras Baile Fhlodaigearraich, (SC473087, also a company limited by guarantee) and donated precious land from their common grazing. This purchase will be formally completed in May 2019.
Isle of Skye
Key contact: Margaret Nicolson