The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust is the community organisation which owns the Isle of Eigg. The Trust manages and stewards the island’s development for current and future residents. After years of instability, neglect and lack of secure tenure, the Isle of Eigg Heritage 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 Isle of Eigg Heritage 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 Eigg 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.
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust is a company limited by guarantee, a registered Scottish charity and a partnership between the residents of Eigg, The Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The Trust has three members, The Isle of Eigg Residents’ Association, The Highland Council and The Scottish Wildlife Trust. Each of these members appoints directors to the board of the Trust. The Isle of Eigg Residents’ Association has four directors who are elected by the community. The Highland Council and The Scottish Wildlife Trust appoint one director each. The Trust has an independent Chairperson. The main board holds quarterly meetings, while the day to day management is devolved to island directors, who meet on a monthly basis. The Trust is supported by a part-time employed Secretary.
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No. 170339 and is a recognised Scottish Charity No. SCO25609
Registered Office: An Laimhrig. Isle of Eigg. PH42 4RL
Secretary: Maggie Fyffe
Chair: Ailsa Raeburn
Click here for the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust Memorandum and Articles (constitution)
The Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust has three subsidiary companies
Eigg Trading Limited owns and manages An Laimhrig which houses the island Shop and Post Office, Tearoom, Craft Shop, Trust office, waiting area and toilet /shower facilities.
Eigg Electric was set up to build and manage the islands’ electricity grid. On Friday 1st February 2008, Eigg Electric switched on the new island wide high voltage distribution network allowing power generated from renewable energy sources around the island to be supplied to all residents. Power is supplied by a mixture of small scale renewables ~ 4 wind turbines, 1 large and 2 smaller hydros and a solar PV array, with diesel back up. Find out more about Eigg Electric here.
Eigg Construction Limited was set up to undertake renovation works on the Trust’s properties. To date Eigg Construction has completed 5 total house renovations plus 2 further house improvement/insulation projects. It also carries out infrastructure projects & other small scale repairs. It employs a number of local subcontractors on an as and when basis.