Eigg is a small island with a big reputation. The first community-owned island in Scotland, it has ushered in land reform in the country, giving residents control of our future. As rural communities across the UK face depopulation through overpriced housing and lack of employment, the community ownership model in Eigg is a beacon for those who want to break free from this destructive cycle.

After decades of problems due to absentee landlords, in 1997 islanders managed to raise £1.5 million for a pioneering community-buyout. Residents formed the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust (IEHT) in partnership ...


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