The Land, Sea and Islands Centre - Arisaig

The Land, Sea and Islands Centre - Arisaig

Opening times 2017:
1st April - 30th October: Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12 noon - 4pm
1st November - 31st March: Monday 10am - 1pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 12 noon - 4pm.

FREE ADMISSION - Donations welcome

WiFi available

Arisaig - the Safe Place. So thought Vikings, early Christian Saints, Catholic Priests. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Special Operations Executive during World War II training.

Arisaig has offered shelter and safety to all - and not just to people, but also to a wonderful variety of birds and wildlife. The village lies where na Garbh Criochan (the Rough Bounds) meet the calm waters of Loch nan Ceall (Loch of the Cells). Arisaig has always been a community of self-reliant people with a strong bond to their birthplace. They have prospered despite meagre resources and hardship.

The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre was created out of the derelict smiddy in a stunning situation in the heart of Arisaig village.

The building, which was completely refurbished in 2015 and is community-owned and run, houses an exhibition which celebrates the social and natural history of the area old and new with photographic displays and artefacts.Crofting, fishing, church history and marine life, the SOE and the films made here - 'Local Hero' being one of the most famous -all feature in the exhibition. The old forge has been renovated and forms a focal part of the display.

In the Land, Sea & Islands Centre you'll find:

  • A wealth of current local information
  • A fascinating exhibition of local history
  • Hands on exhibits for children of all ages
  • More about the amazing variety of local wildlife, marine life & flora
  • Our Room with a View with its stunning vista over Arisaig bay - use our binoculars to take a closer look at the marine life
  • Local seasonal produce on sale
Exhibitions inside the Centre
centre interior centre interior

A small shop at the Centre sells local and island crafts and cards, as well as an excellent selection of books on natural and local history, and provides information for visitors on what to see and where to stay in the area

book SOE book

74 pages, laminated covers, comb-bound. Author: David Harrison.
Updated 2016.
On sale exclusively at the Centre
Price £10 (+ £2.75 P&P)
For mail order, cheques should be made payable to 'Arisaig Community Trust'
and posted to Alison Stewart, Land, Sea & Islands Centre, Arisaig PH39 4NU

The Arisaig area played an important part in the para-military training of about 3000 secret agents. The vicinity was ideal as there was only one road to seal off, there was railway access and it was remote and a long way from Germany. The locals had to have passes for movement into or out of the protected area. The agents spent 4 - 5 weeks at one of several houses that were requisitioned by the War Office including Arisaig House, Meoble Lodge, Traigh House, Rhubana Lodge, Inverie House, Garramor, Camusdarach and Glasnacardoch. The agents then went to Ringway (Manchester) for parachute training before being split between either wireless training at Thame Park in Oxfordshire or learning to be an organiser or courier at Beaulieu House in Hampshire. Finally, the agents were parachuted into enemy territory on moonlit nights from Tempsford airfield in Bedfordshire or landed by Lysander from Tangmere in Sussex.

For further information about the The Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre
Contact Alison Stewart - mail@arisaigcommunitytrust.org.uk
or telephone 01687 450771

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