Community EmpowermentProjects

Isle Martin Trust

http://www.islemartin.org

UCT has acted as an anchor organisation by overseeing employment for Isle Martin Trust. This started with an initial graduate role, but has gone on to include a part-time development worker and a Ferry operator. Formed in 1999, Isle Martin Trust is responsible for managing Isle Martin on behalf of the communities of Lochbroom and Coigach. Everything is run and led by volunteers from the local community.

Isle Martin is situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, some three miles north-west of Ullapool in Wester Ross. The nearest mainland is less than a mile away at Ardmair. This strategic location has been important in both the commercial and cultural history of the island. It is approx. 400 acres in size and lies below the towering cliffs of Beinn Mhor Coigach and opposite the ancient Viking Fort of Dun Canna. Beyond the island are the Summer Isles – a group of islands which lie off Achiltibuie on the beautiful Coigach Peninsula.

The Isle Martin Trust, a registered charity, was established as guardian of the island on behalf of the communities of Lochbroom and Coigach. The island was gifted to the communities by the RSPB.