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Some 40 jobs would be created if the planned £7.1 million Cnoc Soilleir facility in Daliburgh goes ahead, promising an economic boost to the south end district of South Uist.


A community contribution is required alongside a jigsaw of funding applications for the Ceòlas-led project.


A report said: “The Cnoc Soilleir project has significant potential to regenerate this area of South Uist and to create, retain and attract much needed jobs and secure external investment.”


If the outstanding finance is found, it is hoped construction may start this summer.  

















Deputy First Minister John Swinney recently announced the Scottish Government will put in £1 million to encourage other potential funders to commit to the project.

A spokesperson said: “This is a real boost for us and we are very appreciative of the Scottish Government for supporting us.


“The project total cost is £7 million and we are fundraising to raise money for our community contribution.”


A Ceòlas spokesperson said: “The new partnership of Ceòlas and Lews Castle College UHI  are on the threshold of achieving this ambitious project for Uist and we need your help to make this happen.


“We have been awarded £1 million  from the Scottish Government who have always been extremely supportive of us and we are waiting for news of bids in progress.

“In this crowdfunding campaign we aim to raise as much of the £250,000 as we can to demonstrate community support.”

They added: “Through supporting this project you will be helping to make Uist an attractive place for people to live and visit, giving families more reason to stay in the islands and hopefully stem the flow of young people leaving the island.

“This building will be a game changer, not only for Ceòlas and Lews Castle College UHI but for the whole Island community.”

The facility aims to celebrate the Gaelic cultural heritage of the island by providing unique learning opportunities and by hosting events and performances.


A contribution of £3 million has been requested from the Scottish Funding Council.

The investment strategy includes a proposed contribution of £750,000 from the Comhairle.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is considering an £1.5 million application for funding.


The Cnoc Soilleir fundraiser webpage is at

Funding appeal for “game changing” cultural heritage centre

6 January 2017

A bid to raise cash to build an ambitious centre for Gaelic, music and dance has been launched.

Artist’s impression of the centre