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Another Award for the Atlantic Islands Centre

The Isle of Luing Community Trust’s Atlantic Islands Centre has won The Herald Society Community Project of the Year 2016 Award at a major awards event recently in Glasgow. This is its third award this year having won the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award 2016 in March and the Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface Social Enterprise of the Year Award in September.

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The Centre was built to provide a community hub to improve social life on Luing, to display its arts, crafts and history in changing exhibitions all year round, to offer a rich cultural programme of arts and science events and activities, and to provide visitors with fresh, locally sourced seafood and other produce, as well as insights into life on Luing and the other Argyll Islands. Its purpose is to help to regenerate and improve the quality of life on Luing, and to stem its decline in population.

Since opening in May 2015 the Centre has made a huge difference to people's lives by being open 7 days a week all year round and attracting 3 times as many visitors as came to Luing before including Church, WRI, U3A, UHI and geology groups, kayakers and other Trusts. It has created 6 FTE jobs (an increase of over 30%) and motivated 36 regular volunteers who donate 1,000 hours of work per month to the Centre.

Birgit Whitmore, the Trust’s Events Coordinator, said, “The Centre has also brought considerable economic benefits to other businesses on the island such as Luing Stores & Post Office, self-catering accommodation, the B&B, caravan park, bike hire and local artists. Its varied programme of over 50 theatre, concerts, talks, workshops and social events has proved very popular, helped by almost £15,000 funding from Creative Scotland.”

“The educational benefits include courses on bread making, cookery, felting, jewellery making, geology, natural history, business start-up and writing. This has led to over 20 partnerships with education, arts, science, natural history, tourism, heritage, Council and social enterprise organisations.”

She added, “Winning these awards is a tremendous achievement for the people of Luing and is the result of a great deal of hard work by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We would like to thank them all for making this possible.”

P1120274.jpgCentre staff and volunteers celebrated their success with finger food, refreshments and music at a night held in their honour in the Centre

swirl.pngAtlantic Islands Centre wins Social Enterprise Award


The Isle of Luing Community Trust Atlantic Islands Centre has won the prestigious Argyll & Bute Social Enterprise of the Year Award at a packed awards ceremony in the Argyllshire Gathering Hall in Oban in September 2016. Argyll & Bute Council Provost Len Scoullar presented the award in recognition of the Trust's work to create a community hub, visitor centre, café restaurant and new jobs on Luing, and for its commitment towards staff and volunteers. The event was attended by Michael Russell MSP, Councillors Roddy McCuish, Elaine Robertson, Julie McKenzie and Kieron Green and Argyll & Bute Council Chief Executive Clelland Sneddon.

Argyll & Bute Third Sector Interface Chief Executive Glenn Heritage, who organised the event, said “ It is important that people like them - who give up much of their own precious time to help others - are recognised for the huge contribution they make. They don’t do it for the recognition but our communities are so much richer for their efforts. We hugely value them.”

We would like to thank all staff, volunteers and Centre users who helped make this award possible.

PHOTO: Trust Treasurer Alastair Fleming, Luing History Group Secretary Zoe Fleming and Trust Vice-Chairman Norman Bissell with the award at the Atlantic Islands Centre.

Opening Hours

March - October: 
                               Monday - Thursday     10am - 5pm
                               Friday                            10am - late
                               Saturday                       10am - late
                               Sunday                          12am - 5pm

November - February: 
Monday - Thursday    11am - 4pm
                               Friday                            11am - 4pm
                               Saturday                       11am - late
                               Sunday                          12am - 4pm 

Food served from 12pm daily

Opening Hours

March - October:     

Monday ≈ Thursday -     10.00am - 5.00pm

Friday & Saturday -        10.00am - Late

Sunday -                           12.00pm - 5.00pm     


November - February:              

Monday ≈ Friday -           11.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday -                         11.00am - Late

Sunday -                            12.00pm - 4.00pm 


New extended lunch time, all year round:           12.00pm - 4.00pm.


Teas, coffees and homebaking available all day.
Booking is strongly recommended for groups of more than 6 people.


Saturday bistro style menu: 

Food served from 6.30pm - 9pm, bar open till late.


Booking is strongly recommended by phoning 01852 314096 or 
e-mail info@atlanticislandscentre.com



Sample Menu


Getting Here

Ferry Times and Prices

The car ferry service runs every half hour from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with no service at 1pm for lunch, so you need to catch the 12.30pm or 1.30pm ferry.
The passenger boat runs in the evening from 7.30, 8, 9, 10 and 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday.   Sunday every half hour from 11am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.

An additional passenger boat can be booked for 7.30pm and 10pm from Monday to Thursday, by phoning 01852 300382. This needs to be done before 12 noon on the day of travel.

Prices are £1.90 adult return, £1.10 child return and £7.60 for private vehicles up to 5 metres. There are discounts for 5 journeys and bikes travel for free.

Once you're on the island you can drive to Cullipool (see map below) or if you're on foot it's a 30 minute walk round the shore or cross country via the Trig point from Cuan to the Atlantic Islands Centre in Cullipool, or about an hour round the ferry road. Cycling is also a very good way to get about, and bikes can be hired from Sunnybrae Caravan Park at Cuan.

The Atlantic Islands Centre offers:

  • Information area
  • Two informative exhibitions (one local history, one Argyll islands), giving a home for the Luing History Group in the gallery
  • A restaurant for refreshments and meals
  • A gift shop, showcasing handcrafted goods
  • A drop-in community hub for all sorts of activities
  • A flexible-use exhibition, displays, workshops, events and function area
  • Toilet facilities
  • Moorings

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