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SCT History

How it all started

Our Community

Sleat – the southern peninsula of the Isle of Skye – has for over 30 years been one of the fastest growing rural areas of Scotland. Within its boundaries are two pioneering estates; Scotland’s Gaelic College at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and a major visitor centre at Clan Donald in Armadale. These support, and are supported by, a vibrant community.

A brief history

The Trust was created in 2004. This was not, like some other well-known community trusts on the west coast, a result of land-ownership issues, but because a local estate and crofter-led wind-farm was going to lead to substantial financial benefits for the area and a local body was needed to oversee the distribution.

That project never got off the ground, but the community, long-used to being merely reactive, found its collective voice and very soon Sleat Community Trust had a life of its own.

The Trust set out to create a Sustainable Sleat through projects which would enhance the lives of people living here, retain necessary services in Sleat, and develop all our aspirations while maintaining a high quality of the environment.

SCT laid out simple ground rules; to look at all sustainable ideas, to keep the community informed, and to aim for excellence.

The results are impressive:

  • Over 70% of adults in the community are members, supporting a wide variety of projects.
  • Over 40 people are actively involved.
  • The community shows its support when requested.
  • Projects in carbon reduction, recycling, bicycling, fuel sales, post office, garage, bat protection, mink removal, susidised taxis, community gardens, vegetable growing, community forest and lots more.