About Gigha

Welcome to the community-owned Isle of Gigha, the most southerly and one of the most beautiful of the Hebridean Islands. Seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, Gigha is situated three miles west of the Kintyre peninsula, less than three hour drive from the city of Glasgow.

Gigha is captivating - with sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas, stunning views and amazing sunsets, and many archaeological and historic sites to be discovered. Whatever the time of year you can immerse yourself in the colours of Achamore Gardens as well as seeing a plentiful variety of wildlife and birdlife. You can leave your car on the mainland and explore the island at leisure by foot or bike.

With a variety of nearby accommodation options, restaurants, and attractions, Gigha offers the perfect getaway where you will receive the warmest of welcomes. 

Since the community buyout in 2002 the island has gone from strength to strength with a growing population and a sustainable local economy.

Our website can only give you a flavour of Gigha, named by the Vikings 'Gudey', The Good Isle or God's Isle, but it is such a special place that once you visit, you will always want to return.

 

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust

The Isle of Gigha was put on the market in 2001 and the community were encouraged to purchase and own the island. Gigha was handed over to the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT) on the 15th March 2002, a day that is marked on the island every year as “Gigha Day”. 

The Trust is managed by a Board of voluntary Directors. They are elected by the membership to develop the assets of the island and take forward plans and projects for the community. There are several subsidiary companies in place to generate income to the Trust that helps to continue to develop the island.

- Gigha Trading Ltd - The trading arm of the Trust that manages Gigha moorings, pontoon, and airstrip.

- Gigha Green Power Ltd -Operates an Enercon E33 turbine.

- Gigha Renewable Energy Ltd - Operates the three "Dancing Ladies" V27 turbines.

IGHT currently has 7 full-time paid employees and 4 part-time paid employees. This small staff team support the 4 company Board of Directors and help manage the daily business of the Trust. We also have many volunteers that undertake a wide variety of jobs and support projects for the island.

Main Contacts

For general Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust enquiries telephone 01583 505 390

or email shona@gigha.org.uk

For Mooring & Pontoon enquiries telephone 01583 427 300

or email trading@gigha.org.uk (see also Visitors section below for more details)

For development enquiries: jane@gigha.org.uk

For housing and estate enquiries: office@gigha.org.uk

For accounts/finance enquiries: ightcentralaccounts@gigha.org.uk

For Gardens enquiries: gardens@gigha.org.uk

For Ranger enquiries: ranger@gigha.org.uk

Visitors

The Isle of Gigha will re-open to visitors in line with current Scottish Government Coronavirus guidance. 

A television programme is being filmed on the Isle of Gigha from 14th - 31st May. Therefore, please note there will be increased road traffic and limited access to some locations during this period. Please consider this before planning your trip to Gigha. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are a visitor to Gigha, you can access information here on accommodation providers, as well as food and drink options, the different attractions you can see/do whilst on Gigha, and how to get here.

Visitors are strongly advised to plan their trip to Gigha in line with Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance both when using the CalMac ferry service and when on island. 

Please use the contact details for specific providers.

Achamore Gardens

You can download a map of Achamore Gardens here

Created by Colonel Sir James Horlick with the assistance of Gardener Kitty Lloyd Jones in 1944, Achamore Gardens is the home of Horlick’s renowned Rhododendron and Camellia Collection. Flourishing in Gigha's warm microclimate, the 54-acre Gardens hosts many notable and unusual plants and trees from around the world. 

The woodland walks with Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, New Zealand tree ferns, Hydrangeas and Fuchsias complement the walled gardens with it’s tender exotics, herbaceous borders and a Bamboo Maze for all to enjoy. The Garden Viewpoint has stunning exposed views over to the islands of Islay and Jura while the pond area offers a secluded oasis.

The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of the gardens, has employed a new Head Gardener as of March 2020 and is actively working to restore and develop Achamore Gardens.

To register your interest in volunteering at Achamore Gardens, please contact Head Gardener, Bryony White, by emailing gardens@gigha.org.uk

The entrance fee is £6.00 per person. There is an honesty box for cash and a card reader for contactless cards only. Payment may also be made by bank transfer into bank account 00353889, Sort Code 80-05-93 or via PayPal account office@gigha.org.uk

Please use 'Gardens' as the payment reference, thank you.

Please register for Gift Aid online: https://www.mygivinghub.com/

Most up-to-date information can be found on our Facebook Page - Achamore Gardens Gigha

 

Gigha Community Fund

The Gigha Community Fund has been established to invest funds from Gigha Renewable Energy Limited income back into the Gigha community. 

The Fund supports projects or activities that can demonstrate they will deliver against the wider objectives of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (parent charity). These objectives aim to:

-Develop skills

- Improve health and wellbeing

- Relieve poverty

- Protect and conserve the environment

- Protect and promote heritage and culture

- Support active community engagement

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Please contact the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust by email using the form below.

Any information disclosed to the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust via this contact form will not be passed on to any third parties.

All information is handled in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Please check the website for specific contact details for other businesses on the island.

Please do not use this form for accommodation enquiries. Please refer to the Accommodation section for contact details of all accommodation providers.