17 March 2006


As reported earlier in March on this site, the final report from Small Town and Rural Development Group was due and has now been launched and it is hoped that as many as possible will have a chance to read it in some format or other. There are limited hard copies available but there will be one in the Lismore shop, one at the Comann Eachdraidh and one available to the Community Council. There will also be CDs in due course. This is just the beginning and a steering group will take the ideas and hopefully make them happen over the next few years. We now have a thorough and practical approach to putting the area on the map so that those who like what Appin and Lismore offer will get to know about us. The consultation was sensitive to the residents' views and there is no attempt to exploit or radically change the ambience of the area which is its great attraction. And the two communities working together will greatly strengthen the chances of making things happen. What follows is their summary of the report.





Summary of the Heritage Interpretation

and Visitor Management Strategy





A local steering group consisting of the Lismore Historical Society, Appin Historical Society, Appin Community Co-op, Lismore Community Council and Appin Community Council commissioned this work to help identify a range of projects that would make most of our rich local heritage and provide benefits for the social and economic wellbeing of our communities. 


Community Views


The strategy has been informed by extensive consultation which included household surveys, stakeholder meetings, workshops and a sample survey of B&Bs and Hotels.


Respecting our special qualities


The consultation highlighted the importance of preserving and building on the special qualities of the area.  These were thought to include:

       The unspoilt, beautiful and peaceful nature of the place

       The Coast, cliffs and forests

       Flora and Fauna

       The nature of the community and its links to the land

       Culture and heritage


Themes for interpretation


Themes for interpretation were identified which make the most of these qualities.  They are:


Strategy and main priorities 


The strategy has identified through the community consultation five main areas to focus on and a number of related priority projects and actions.



Priorities are listed in full in the report under each of these topic headings.  They include recommendations for:


       A joint Appin and Lismore visitor guide and web site

       Orientation panels at the ferry terminals at Achnacroish, Point, and Port Appin, and in Appin and some limited on site interpretation at key locations

       Improved parking and road signage within the area

       the establishment of a paths action group to develop walking and cycling in the area


Links to local economic development


The study identifies a number of opportunities for income generation, business diversification, and part time jobs that are linked to making most of our natural and built heritage.   Suggestions made included opportunities for: 

       further accommodation on Lismore

       developing public transport on Lismore

       farmers to develop paths and access initiatives through Land Management Contracts and Menu Schemes

       organising and marketing Soft Cycling and Walking in the area

       developing outdoor activities for visitors e.g. trout fishing and rowing on lochs; Guided fishing trips; boat trips; sailing and canoeing regatta; diving  

       promoting and organising educational tourism linked to the National Scenic Area and activities and events linked to our cultural heritage.


Making it Happen how to find out more and get involved


The steering group for the strategy is now going to work to develop these proposals in association with Scottish Natural Heritage (who funded the study) and a range of other agency partners.   If you would like to join in or have a particular interest in some of these proposals please contact: Tony Perkins


A copy of the full report is available through: The shop, Comann Eachdraidh, the Community Council.


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