Major building works around Eigg’s pier area.
The buildings known as An Laimhrig at the head of Eigg’s two piers are being redeveloped to create extended and much improved facilities for residents and visitors. The new extended Isle of Eigg Shop is OPEN as normal, as is the refurbished Galmisdale Bay Cafe and Bar and Eigg Craft Shop. Eigg Adventures is open and operating normally ahead of their move into new premises.
Public toilets and showers are available in our new Wash House called Taigh Nighe and Eigg’s Camping Pods are open and available for booking.
An Laimhrig is Gaelic for anchorage or safe haven, a perfect name for a community building where islanders and visitors come together. It’s where our ferry arrives, where we shop, share news, and welcome our guests.
Eigg’s population and visitor numbers have doubled since An Laimhrig was built in 1998. Its shop, post office, café, craft shop, adventure business, toilets and office have served our community well. But as users have increased, An Laimhrig has reached bursting point. To meet demand and secure a future for Eigg’s young people, Eigg is investing in vital island infrastructure like An Laimhrig.
Working with WT Architecture, Eigg’s community has created the new An Laimhrig shown here. Our vision incorporates the needs and ideas of residents as well as visitors. We wanted to make our shop, café and craft shop bigger, adding light and space for all. New small business units and covered outside space. More room for Eigg Adventures to hire their bikes and kayaks from. Safe spaces for children to play, and new displays to share Eigg’s story and help people explore our island.
Eigg is working towards carbon net zero by 2030. We’ve chosen a heating system that uses local wood, supporting our island wood fuel business as well as reducing carbon emissions. Creating more toilets and showers has meant thinking carefully about how we use water. Using less, recycling more, are priorities.
From the very big, like generating more electricity for our island grid, to small things like improving signage, we’ve been planning the new An Laimhrig for six years.
We look forward to An Laimhrig opening in summer 2022. Thank you to everyone who’s got us this far; our amazing community, funders, contractors, but especially to An Laimhrig’s businesses and users. Big changes like doubling the size of the original An Laimhrig building and adding new facilities don’t come without disruption. While we’re trying hard to maintain business as usual, please bear with us if some things are a bit out of kilter.
Tapadh leat, thank you, for your patience and continuing support.
Please ensure that if you are planning on visiting our island you follow all the current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines and advice. You can check the latest advice here.
Thank you from everyone on Eigg.
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