First new village in Skye in over 100 years

View of Old Man of Storr
Alan Robertson

This week sees the start of construction work on a new village in Skye – the first in over 100 years!  

The Kilbeg Village initiative is being taken forward by project partners Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - The National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, The Highland Council and the Communities Housing Trust.

The development, which received funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural & Islands Housing Fund, will comprise initially of 17 new affordable homes which will be built as part of the wider development in Sleat. This will include six homes for social rent with The Highland Council and eight affordable homes and three discounted self-build plots with the Communities Housing Trust.

Housing Secretary Shona Robison said:

“It is fantastic to see work start on this project in Kilbeg. Working with the Communities Housing Trust and The Highland Council and supported by over £1.2 million from Scottish Government, this project will deliver high quality, affordable homes, that will meet people’s needs and allow them to live independently, whilst remaining in their community."

It is expected that a 100 homes will be built over time, helping to address much needed housing for all age groups in the community and supporting intergenerational living, developing a cultural community and tackling social isolation.

Find out more at the Communities Housing Trust website

Pic by Kyle Pasalskyj (via Pixlr)