Shorefront Project Update 21st October

The final design has now been submitted to the Highland Council for planning approval.  The reference is 20/03984/FUL and if you wish to comment on the application you can do so either by logging into the HC website or in writing.  The full documents submitted for the planning application are available over on our projects page.


In addition to the planning application we have submitted a grant application to the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.  The decision on this application is due in early December.

Shorefront Project

Thank You to all the Arisaig residents who took the time and trouble to respond to our survey on the shorefront project.  These responses varied from simple, short answers to the survey questions to comprehensive reviews of the proposals and in one case a marked up plan!  More information on the feedback results and the different design options put forward for the community consultation are available in the Projects Section

Shorefront Project

The next submission deadline for the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF), to whom we will be applying in order to fund the Shorefront Project, is the 25th Sept 2020. We had hoped to hold a community consultation in the Astley Hall however due to Covid-19 restrictions, this is no longer possible. We have emailed and posted details out to all those on our database but want to make sure we connect with as many residents as possible. More details of the 3 options are available in the Projects Section.  Please note – we need your comments/feedback by 7th August. This will give us time to collate all responses and feedback them back to the designer.

Plans for the orchard

This week our new fruit trees arrived from Shielfoot Organics and we visited the site behind the playing field this week to see where would be best to plant them. A lot of clearing and deer-proofing will be needed before the trees can go in the ground so we are hoping to organise 2 community work days in February to prepare the site for planting (weather depending!)

Friday 21st February 1-4pm & Friday 28th February 10am-4pm. Sign up to volunteer here on our website or send us an message (email or facebook).

Successful Scottish Land Fund Award!

We are delighted to announce the successful award of £258,150 from the Scottish Land Fund to enable us to buy the site for community housing and two areas of amenity land in the village. Negotiations are now underway with the sellers and plans are ongoing for both projects. Within the village, owning the shorefront, playing field and the area around the field will enable us to take forward plans for sustainable tourism and continue to improve the facilities for residents and visitors: a new car park, new paths, better refuse management, new seating and interpretation boards are all part of the current plans. We are still actively consulting with residents and community members about these plans and welcome input or suggestions…what would you like us to do with these areas? What is working and what is not working. Please let us know.

Community Housing Project

ACT have been awarded development funding from the Scottish Land Fund and Rural Housing Fund for a feasibility study for new housing in the village.  We have expressed an interest in an area of land at Station Road, which has planning in principle for 6 houses, and appointed Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and Sam Foster Architects to help up survey the land, draw up a proposed site plan, housing designs and business plan.  Through our planned consultation days, members of the public will be able to see the drawings and give feedback on the designs.

New workshop and car park

The Land, Sea and Islands Centre has a new upgraded car park and work is underway on the multi-use workshop building.  The new car park was badly needed for the centre and the village, which have both seen visitor numbers increase year after year.  The building will hold workshops at the centre as well as housing additional artefacts, the community e-bikes and equipment for maintaining the playing field.  Funding for the project was gratefully received from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, EU LEADER, the Arisaig Fund and public donations including from the late Bill Henderson, after whom the building will be named ‘Bill’s Shed.’

Arisaig Station Project

Arisaig Railway Station is the most Westerly station in Britain and is situated at an attractive viewing point above the village.  The historic station buildings, built in 1901, have been largely unused for many years however the Trust now has an opportunity to put them to use once again.  Negotiations are taking place to lease one of the rooms and transform it into something that can be used by the community as a meeting and office space.  Improvements to the room would be carried out to upgrade the kitchen and bathroom, add shelving, storage and high speed internet.  If you have a business, are working from home or would be interested in using the space, we’d like to hear from you!  Get in touch to find out how to get involved:

Get in touch

Arisaig Community Trust
Land, Sea & Islands Centre
Arisaig, Inverness-shire PH39 4NU


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