Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Residents given £200,000 towards Lewis buyout

Residents given £200,000 towards Lewis buyout

Residents in Lewis have been given a £207,500 grant towards their community buyout of the Carloway Estate.

In February, locals voted three to one in favour of purchasing the 11,000 estate on the north-west coast of the islands which contains the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones.

The stones, owned by Historic Scotland, are not part of the deal.

Alex Salmond announced the offer from the Scottish Land Fund during first minister’s questions yesterday.

“That is another important stepping stone towards our target of 1million acres under community ownership by 2020,” he said.

Fewer than 700 people live on the 11,400-acre crofting estate, which stretches from Callanish to Knock and includes the villages of Breasclete, Tolsta Chaolais, Doune and Kirivick.

The Galloway family, who own the land, are willing sellers, and after the community voted to buy the land began applying to the Scottish Land Fund.

Welcoming the award, Western Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, said: “This is a very substantial boost for Urras Oighreachd, and all those working hard to ensure that the people on Carloway Estate have control over their own land and future.

“This follows a successful ballot recently in favour of the buyout, and I look forward to working with the community in future to help ensure that their ambitions become a reality.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from the Press and Journal News team

More from the Press and Journal