Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust receives many enquiries from people
interested in moving to Gigha. We would strongly recommend that
you visit Gigha and spend some time getting to know the island and
its people. If you still like what you see and can see yourself
living among our community then get in touch with us.
line with the Trust's development plan we hope to increase the population
on the island and by doing so contribute to the regeneration of
the island. Some of the main skills that we are hoping to attract
to Gigha are detailed below.
Established businesses considering relocation and new businesses,
relevant to the Gigha Development Plan, particularly those which
may provide direct employment opportunities: Gigha Beer, Smokehouse,
Small Scale Creamery. Emphasis on quality, premium / niche market,
added value products, examples already present Smashing Glass,
International Flower Essence Repertoire
Good Quality, Time Served Construction Industry Tradespeople;
plumber, joiners, electricians, general builders / bricklayers,
ditchers and dykers etc.
Registered child minder.
Renewable Energy Professionals
Other professionals with skills which could be relevant to island
Professional writers, musicians, poets, sculptors and artists
with proven track records particularly where the artform has
Celtic roots or inspirations.
note that this is a general indication and the Board will consider
any business proposals on individual merit, and there is no guarantee
of employment on the island for anyone meeting the abovementioned
A BUSINESS/STARTING UP A NEW BUSINESS
Trust is very keen to encourage new business to the island. Since
the community buy-out we have seen the establishment of over ten
small businesses with further businesses in the process of relocating
or establishing themselves.
is recommended written proposal is submitted for the consideration
of the Board of Directors of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust. Subject
to the Board's consideration, the next step after this would be
a meeting with the board, potentially followed by a presentation
to members. This procedure is the Trust's standard practice and
has been considered a valuable approach for new and relocating businesses
that have already decided to relocate here. Further advice and support
for new and relocating businesses can also be provided by Highlands
and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the regional enterprise company, on
housing needs survey carried out in 2002 showed that there was a
need for additional housing on the island. The Heritage Trust has
39 rented properties, which are mainly rented out to long-term island
residents and the availability of the houses is extremely limited.
Further information can be obtained from the Trust Office or visit
which explains the process by which the Trust housing stock is managed
and the process for applying for Trust housing.
addition to Trust managed housing, Fyne Homes Housing Association
have built 18 new houses for rent. A local letting policy applies,
with priority being given to those with a Gigha connection or moving
to Gigha to take up employment. Fyne Homes will be directly managing
the allocation of their houses and applications forms can be obtained
from Fyne Homes, www.fynehomes.org.uk/
addition to rented accommodation, a number of plots of land available
for sale for private build to those who meet the above criteria
and wish to move to Gigha to live and work as well as to existing
island residents. To be eligible to purchase a plot you must have
a confirmed offer of permanent employment on the island, relocating
an existing business or setting up a new business on the island.
frequently asked question when people are thinking of moving to
Gigha is schooling. Pre-5 and Primary schoolchildren are well
catered for on the island with the superb Gigha Primary School,
and then its off to Campbeltown Grammar School or Tarbert Academy
(this choice was introduced in 2011). Pupils can travel daily
on the early ferry and return at night, so no overnight stays in
Campbeltown as used to be the case.