Smart Islands

Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland: Supporting Enterprises and Young People

This transnational project brings 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.

The project focuses in particular on the critical role of young people returning, settling or staying on island communities, and the contribution they can make to reviving these remote communities.

The project seeks:

1) to support young people in contributing to local development in their island communities through community initiatives and/or enterprise

2) to share knowledge and experience of innovation to enable island communities across Scotland and Ireland to learn from each other, about innovative and effective strategies for community development, not least around attracting and supporting young people.