The Isle of Eigg lies to the south of the Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Eigg is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) long from north to south, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east to west. With an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), it is the second largest of the Small Isles after Rum.
Arising from the Land Reform campaigns of the nineties, islanders set up The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust as the guardian of the Island, an umbrella body which sought to work through a partnership between the residents of Eigg, The Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
After years of instability, neglect and lack of secure tenure, the Trust was able to purchase the island on 12th June 1997 largely due to the generosity of around ten thousand members of the general public.
The Trust was established to provide and create opportunity for economic development, housing and infrastructure, whilst conserving our natural and cultural heritage to ensure that development takes place in a sustainable way.
The Trust has been successful in these aims with the Island now a vibrant and attractive place to live and work, having a growing and forward-thinking population, always with an eye on the past and one to the future, recognising the importance of Eigg’s unique identity to its continuing growth and success.
Most recently, Eigg has become famous for its pioneering and award-winning renewable electricity scheme; Eigg Electric. Generating power from wind, sun and hyrdo, Eigg Electric provided 24 hour clean, affordable and reliable electricity for residents for the first time on 1st February 2008.
To visit the Isle of Eigg’s own website, click HERE.