“An amazing community project run by knowledgeable and friendly people.”
The Arisaig Community Trust took over responsibility for the Land, Sea and Islands Centre in 2012 and we’ve been going from strength-to-strength ever since. In 2015 the centre was completely refurbished to high environmental standards and has become a firm favourite with visitors and local residents, partly because it’s so bright, warm and welcoming!
The Land, Sea & Islands Centre is entirely community owned and run. We have one part-time employee, and the rest of our staff give their time cheerfully and voluntarily.
If you buy something from the shop or make a donation, you’re helping the community in a very direct way. Everything we receive goes back into projects that will have a positive impact on Arisaig, the people who live here and our very special environment.
The old Smiddy
What’s happening in 2018?
We will be installing an electric vehicle charge point in the Land, Sea & Islands Centre car park so that electric cars travelling through the village have somewhere local to recharge. Electric cars improve air quality and reduce noise pollution, so anything we can do to encourage their use is welcome.
Improvements to the car park area have taken place over the summer, and the foundations are finished for the new storage facility. For news and updates please visit Arisaig Community Trust
NEW ARISAIG ECO PROJECT
We are delighted to announce that an application submitted to the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful) was successful, and will enable us to continue to work towards our goal of meeting carbon reduction targets for our coastal community. The project will address the issue of carbon reduction through a range of innovative measures aimed at encouraging behavioural change. Project themes include increasing local food production and consumption, reduce waste, and promote greener transport measures.
The two year project started in May 2018, and has already made good progress in several of its target areas. Find out more about the project here
STOP PRESS September 2018
Kelp dredging is currently not allowed in Scotland. A company called Marine Biopolymers is seeking to change that to mechanically harvest the kelp Laminaria hyperborea over a vast area of Scotland's West Coast including areas of coastline between Mallaig and Ardnamurchan, around the Small Isles & the Isle of Skye. This is one company's proposal, but if given the go ahead, could open up the area to more licence applications. Please sign the petition "Do not allow mechanical kelp dredging in Scottish Waters". Please sign and share using this link
The Arisaig and South Morar Record of Service 1914-18
On Monday 27th August 2018 the Land, Sea and Islands Centre received into its care the Arisaig and South Morar Record of Service. Created at the end of the First World War, the book is essentially a beautifully illuminated, large scrapbook of original postcards, photographs and accounts from the people of Arisaig who served in the war.
Ninety nine people are commemorated in the Record of Service, twenty three of whom did not return. The book stands as a moving memorial to them all. (Pictures to follow)
The Arisaig, Nova Scotia Tartan
Presented to the Land Sea & Islands Centre, Arisaig, Scotland, by the community of Arisaig, Nova Scotia.
The vibrant colours displayed in this tartan reflect the communities of Maryvale West, Malignant Cove, Doctors Brook, Arisaig, McArras Brook and Knoydart. From the breath-taking landscape to the panoramic view of the Northumberland Strait, these chosen colours are the sky, the ocean, the land and its people . . .
Two colours of blue — one light, one dark — represent the ocean, which is calm and peaceful some days, rough and churning on others. At all times it is one of the most important elements of these communities – a way of life, a means of travel and a source of enjoyment for the generations of people who live here.
White represents the transformation the shoreline and ocean take in the winter. Snow covers the land and the big ice of the Northumberland Strait reaches as far as the eye can see.
Red represents the sun and its spectacular display of colour. One band is for sunrise and the other for sunset.
The green represents the land used for farming and the trees in the hills and valleys. Yellow is the bright sun and sunny beaches which draw people to the area.
In tribute to the first Scottish settlers of over 200 years ago are the traditional dark colours of that time period. The Scottish immigrants named one community after the Arisaig they left behind. This gave inspiration to the dark block, which takes its pattern from the ‘Gayre of Arisaidh Tartan’, from Arisaig, Scotland.
The band — comprised of narrow strips of red, white, black and yellow — has local significance. Red represents the lobster, one of the main sources of income for our area, white for the church — a beacon for travellers on land and sea. The yellow and black represents the Sunrise Trail and the road that leads away from, and home to, our community. Together these colours and pattern weave a community life that reflects the uniqueness of the area and reasons why people continue to thrive on these shores.
Carved wooden newel post
This piece of woodcarving is currently on loan to the Arisaig Land, Sea & Islands Centre, and we are hoping that someone locally will be able to shed light on its history. The piece is a newel post, carved in the form of a sheaf of corn. The carving is relatively simple in its execution, and may have been a project undertaken at the village woodcarving classes, held in the newly built Astley Hall in the early 20c.
Do get in touch if you know anything about its provenance!
Looking to the future
We’re always looking to improve our displays and facilities, so we’re fundraising again. We want to build a new extension to give more room for our growing collections and to provide additional space for refreshments, community meetings and events. We’re really lucky that Sam Foster, who grew up in Arisaig and helped with our refurbishment, is designing it for us. You can view the plans by visiting Arisaig Community Trust