Share your West Coast Stories

The Coast that Shaped the World” is a new, three-year project that is being led by the University of the Highlands and Islands, funded by NatureScot’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund with match funding from UHI and Calmac. This project will honour the diverse geography of the area and the cultural impact the coastline has had on communities and the lives of west-coasters for over 8000 years, and also their wider impact on the world.

The team at Coast (not to be confused with COAST on Arran) say, “We’re asking for your help to build a story bank covering the west coast of Scotland from Wester Ross and Lewis in the north to Arran and Kintyre in the south.”

You can submit your stories on the Coast website and there are also workshops planned for March which will explore the heritage and culture of the west coast. See below for more details.

The Arran contact for this project is Lynn Jones . Some readers may know Lynn but please click here to contact her if you would like more information regarding the project.

Presentations and workshops

Between the 1st – 22nd March we invite you to tell us your stories of the west coast by being part of these thematic and regional sessions.

Thematic

The west coast of Scotland has a wonderful array of heritage and culture, architecture and environments, and stories of migrations to and from the region. These thematic sessions, focused around the six themes of architecture, environment, culture, migrations, industries and histories, will have a series of speakers discuss the theme of the day before we gather around a virtual table to highlight ‘your stories’ around the same theme.

Regional

As part of Coast we have been working closely with local story gatherers throughout the west coast of Scotland. The regional sessions will hear from some of the local story gatherers as well as provide the opportunity for you to tell us your ‘stories’ about communities, places, people and happenings throughout the west coast of Scotland.

To book a place click here

What we will do with your stories and memories?

We are planning to narrate four hundred stories (twenty stories from twenty different west coast communities) online through an interactive app and use it to encourage locals and visitors to explore the roads less travelled across our islands, peninsulas and coastline.

We want people to experience these stories for themselves and marvel at just how important the west coast has been in shaping so much across the World. These stories will be selected from the memories and histories gathered through this website and will be a mix of well-known stories as well as much more quirky and intriguing tales.

We will contact you if your story is selected as one of our 20 for your area and also if we plan to use it on social media and in other projects.

Some of the most intriguing stories will become part of highly innovative and interactive exhibition material to be installed in key locations across the west coast. This part of the project will be developed in 2021 and we will provide much more information as this is progressed.

For updates on the project please see the Coast Facebook page.

Hydro Board workers and spouses enjoying a Christmas party at Kyleakin, Skye, in the 1960s. Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.

Featured image – Cutting peat, Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre