Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland – Island Voices, Tourism

“Smart Islands”
“Island Voices”

Island Voices is a series of recordings brought together by the Smart Islands Scotland and Ireland project. In these recordings Irish islanders speak about their visions for their communities in 2025, covering the topics of population, housing, infrastructure, language and culture, and tourism.

In this recording you can listen to islanders speak about tourism, and its role in the future of their communities.

 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland is a transnational project bringing together island communities in Scotland (especially Uist in the Outer Hebrides) and Ireland (off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and West Cork) to share and develop experiences and methodologies that can make their islands smart, dynamic and sustainable.

vRSP 2021 Session Reports

Click on the images below to view the reports on these sessions from this year’s virtual Rural Scottish Parliament. 

vRSP21 Session Report – Good Food

vRSP21 Session Recommendations - Good Food
Session Recommendations from the Virtual Rural Scottish Parliament 2021 – Good Food

 

vRSP21 Session Report – Rural and Island Social Care

vRSP21 Session Recommendations - rural and island social care
Session Recommendations from the Virtual Rural Scottish Parliament 2021- rural and island social care.

 

vRSP21 Session Report – Mental Wellbeing 

vRSP21 Session Recommendations - Mental Wellbeing
Session Recommendations from the Virtual Rural Scottish Parliament 2021- mental wellbeing

 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland – Island Voices, Language and Culture

“Smart Islands”
“Island Voices”

Island Voices is a series of recordings brought together by the Smart Islands Scotland and Ireland project. In these recordings Irish islanders speak about their visions for their communities in 2025, covering the topics of population, housing, infrastructure, language and culture, and tourism.

In this recording you can listen to islanders speak about language and culture, and their importance to the future of their communities. 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland is a transnational project bringing together island communities in Scotland (especially Uist in the Outer Hebrides) and Ireland (off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and West Cork) to share and develop experiences and methodologies that can make their islands smart, dynamic and sustainable.

vSRP 2021 – session reports

 

Click on the images below to view the reports on the One Gigabit Rural and Island Scotland and the Democracy and Local Governance sessions from this year’s virtual Rural Scottish Parliament. 

 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland – Island Voices, Infrastructure

“Smart Islands”
“Island Voices”

Island Voices is a series of recordings brought together by the Smart Islands Scotland and Ireland project. In these recordings Irish islanders speak about their visions for their communities in 2025, covering the topics of population, housing, infrastructure, language and culture, and tourism.

In this recording you can listen to islanders speak about infrastructure, and its importance in the future of their communities. 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland is a transnational project bringing together island communities in Scotland (especially Uist in the Outer Hebrides) and Ireland (off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and West Cork) to share and develop experiences and methodologies that can make their islands smart, dynamic and sustainable.

vSRP 2021 – session reports

The virtual Scottish Rural Parliament, held earlier this year, has published its session reports which will share over the coming weeks.

Whilst  a dedicated Housing Session was not held at the 2021vSRP as the  curators – Rural Housing Scotland – had recently delivered their Rural Housing Summit in February 2021 and published a comprehensive manifesto,  the sessions on Transport and 20 Minute Neighbourhoods are an important follow-on from our Island Voices recording on Housing and emphasise the interconnectedness of these issues.

Click on the images below to view the session reports in more detail. 

 

 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland – Island Voices, Housing

“Smart Islands”
“Island Voices”

Island Voices is a series of recordings brought together by the Smart Islands Scotland and Ireland project. In these recordings Irish islanders speak about their visions for their communities in 2025, covering the topics of population, housing, infrastructure, language and culture, and tourism.  

In this recording you can listen to islanders speak about housing, and its place in the future of their communities. 

 

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland is a transnational project bringing together island communities in Scotland (especially Uist in the Outer Hebrides) and Ireland (off Donegal, Mayo, Galway and West Cork) to share and develop experiences and methodologies that can make their islands smart, dynamic and sustainable.

Rural and island communities as more desirable places to live

 

Picture: Jane Barlow/TSPL
 
 
Covid-19 has demonstrated beyond doubt the attractiveness of living and working in rural and island communities.  CoDeL’s research on redefining peripherality (see here) has identified many reasons for this, not just in Scotland, but also in regions from Canada to Finland.  
 
Even before Covid-19 many young people wanted to return, settle or stay in their rural and island communities, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend.  The pandemic has also made this so much more difficult for our young people as asset-wealthy urbanites seek to snap up housing as rural and island boltholes to escape to.  This is happening across Scotland and across Britain, from Cornwall to the Scottish islands. 
 
The Scottish Community Alliance, who featured CoDeL’s research in their latest newsletter, also feature a new campaign around housing at Planning DemocracyIomairt an Eilean is working on the issue in Skye, and Misneachd Alba has been taking up the campaign through their Celtic Housing Charter, linking the rural housing crisis to the impacts on Gaelic culture.

Uist Beò – promoting vibrant Uibhist life

 

We are excited to announce the launch of Uist Beò, a new digital platform celebrating the unique culture and the thriving life of our islands, from Berneray to Eriskay!

Uist Beò was created to connect Uist residents of all ages and to shine a light on the individuals, businesses and organisations that come together to make our islands the distinct and dynamic places they are to live, work and visit. 

Every one of our 5000 residents has a unique story to tell of their island life, whether that is one that continues generations of island living, a move to Uist from elsewhere or the call of home after time spent away. Check out our website to see the first eight of what will become a wide-ranging catalogue of written and photographic tales of vibrant Uibhist life, of what it means to live and work in Uist. 

 

For visitors Uist is more than a destination to be ticked off a list, it is an active, inspiring, living community with a wealth of experiences to offer the conscientious visitor. We invite guests to our islands to take a slow, sustainable journey through Uist, meeting the individuals and organisations that forge our rich culture, carefully managed natural environment and strong community spirit. 

Each of the eight islands that make up Uist has its own well-defined identity which we seek to celebrate alongside Uist’s unique and singular character within the Outer Hebrides. 

Our interactive map is in the very early stages with a handful of businesses and services listed across the islands. As Uist Beo grows so will our database of Uist’s assets and in time we aim to create a comprehensive listing of businesses, services and social enterprises that serve Uist’s residents, visitors and diaspora alike. 

Uist Beò is in its early stages will grow and evolve with time, responding to the needs of our island communities. Follow us on instagram or facebook to keep up to date with our progress and please drop us an email if you have a suggestion for someone with a story to tell! 

Uist Beo is a pilot initiative under CoDeL’s Smart Islands project, funded by Outer Hebrides LEADER. THE SMART ISLANDS PROJECT IS PART-FINANCED BY THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY OUTER HEBRIDES LEADER 2014-2020 PROGRAMME

 

Redesigning Regional Policy for Peripheral Areas

CoDeL will be launching the results of our Northern Periphery research on how rural and island communities, from Canada to Finland, have fared under Covid-19 tomorrow at the Regions in Recovery Global e-festival

Our session on Redesigning Regional Policy for Peripheral Areas brings together CoDeL, Liam Glynn (rural GP, Professor of General Practice, School of Medicine, University of Limerick and rural health activist), Mads Wolff (senior policy adviser to the Nordic Council of Ministers) and Ed Mayo (former CEO of Co-operatives UK, New Economics Foundation and National Consumer Council). 

The extensive research findings are available on our website here.