Coigach 2020 – what’s your vision?

 We have put together a vision for Coigach in 2020 – an ideal ‘written picture’ of what our community could look like.  The idea is that we look at the ideal then work backwards, to see how we could achieve this.  Is this vision your vision?
Our traditional industries of  and crofting are a vital part of our employment, our culture and our landscape. Coigach produce is well renowned for its quality and our are celebrated far and wide.  These strengths link into our tourism, and visitors are keen to take up the opportunities to experience our qualities as part of their holiday.  Our community enjoys local produce from local businesses, and our shops and local trades are well supported.

Visitor numbers to Coigach are healthy, given the good range of quality accommodation and our mix of visitor attractions and activities.  Our visitor season never really ceases as a significant improvement in provision of short stay accommodation encourages local businesses to offer seminars, training /teaching and activity events – and businesses flourish on the back of the additional short stay accommodation in all seasons.  Touring visitors can now easily lengthen their stay in Coigach.

 Our well established heritage centre offers locals and tourists alike the opportunity to enjoy, learn from and contribute to the fascinating legacy of our social and cultural history.

 The availability of additional affordable housing  has encouraged families to settle here, and a healthy mixture of social and private enterprise offer our young people satisfying and varied work opportunities.  Improved business infrastructure,  good tele-communications and new crofts have added to their opportunities.

 The 2010 Coigach and Assynt Living Landscapes (CALL) initiative is encouraging the development of habitats to strengthen local biodiversity. This initiative involving crofters, the community and land owners creates land based .

 The local primary school is flourishing and our teenagers are encouraged to take advantage of   opportunities, part funded by proceeds from the community renewable energy project.   Pre-school education and mother and baby  groups are provided in the community hall.  Our older population are well catered for within our community.  Our emergency and is responsive to local needs.”

What’s your view of this vision?  Post a comment!    

Local Event! Ullapool Tourism Conference Monday 14th Feb

Ullapool are holding a tourism conference on Monday 14th February, and there are some really good workshops and talks, including our very own Kevin Peach from the Ullapool Harbour Trust, DOVE (Delivering Oustanding Visitor Experiences), website workshops,VisitScotland, HIE/Business Gateway, UTBA, North Highland Tourist Group, BIDS Scotland, and SNH. Attendance is free, lunch is provided, but please book – contact the MacPhail Centre 61 3336 or macphailcentre@hotmail.co.uk. Businesses can book stalls for the trade fair for £20.