In pictures: Eigg's new community hub opened

An Laimhrig community hub
An Laimhrig has been redeveloped over the course of more than 10 years [Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust]

Residents of Eigg are celebrating the official opening of their revamped community and visitor hub.

Redevelopment of An Laimhrig has taken more than 10 years, and some of the phases of construction were disrupted by the Covid pandemic.

The centre now has a larger grocery shop, bigger café and bar, a craft shop and a base for an adventure activities business.

Other new features include an old farm building which has been turned into office and workshop space for local businesses and coastguard volunteers.

Islanders on Eigg
Some of the islanders who braved the rain on Monday to mark the official opening [Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust]

The redevelopment has seen the installation of a biomass heating system and the building of public toilets, showers and laundry facilities.

An Laimhrig - Gaelic for "safe harbour" - is located at the island's ferry pier.

Eigg in the Small Isles is home to about 100 people and the island has been in community ownership since 1997.

It was the first Scottish island to be bought over by its residents.

New hub An Laimhrig
The hub has a shop and a café [Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust ]
New hub An Laimhrig
Offices and a workshop have been made available to businesses and the coastguard [Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust]

Redevelopment involved local small businesses and contractors and was led by Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust.

Development manager Rebecca Long said the trust was fortunate to work with "strong partners" to deliver the project.

She said: "None of us underestimated the challenges of delivering such a significant project on a remote island like Eigg.

"Everybody understood the vision of employing as many local people as possible, ensuring as much of the project’s funding stayed on the island as possible.

"A concept that is core to the Trust’s vision of community wealth building."

Eigg is one of the Small Isles [Getty Images]

Monday's official opening involved Peggy Kirk, 92, who has lived on Eigg for more than 60 years, and Edith Merrick, who is nine months old and is one of the newest arrivals on the island.

The Scottish government and National Lottery Community Fund provided funding for the project.

Celebrations on Eigg marking its community buyout
Eigg was taken over by its community in 1997 [Getty Images]

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