Welcome to the Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative
Our vision is to develop and support social, cultural, economic and environmental initiatives and to create a resilient, sustainable community where everyone feels welcome and valued
Our community is situated in the Sleat peninsula in the South of the Isle of Skye and includes the crofting townships of Camuscross, Cruard and Duisdale and includes Isle Ornsay. In 2016, our population is approximately 180, including 37 children.
Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative took over from the work of Camuscross Community Steering Group, which was set up in February 2007 to develop various projects for community benefits. It became a community company, incorporating on 22nd December 2008, with the name of Camuscross Community Initiative. When the company decided to add the neighbouring crofting township to its area of benefit, we became Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative.
The projects we are working on are: affordable house sites, developing a micro hydro scheme using our community-owned reservoir, a network of heritage paths with interpretation, and currently we are making one of our long-term objectives happen which is to build a local shop and cafe with community activity space and improve opportunities for local people. The building work will be completed by the end of 2016 with a opening of the new shop and cafe proposed for Spring 2017.
Following a community ballot to chose a name for the new building the winner was An Crubh which means the hub.
In 2016 a fundraising group was set up to help the Initiative raise funds for An Crubh. So far they have organised a very successful charity cafe, community lunch and various raffles. We recognise the importance of making our documents, reports and minutes available to our residents and to see these click here for the link to the page.
We publish a newsletter called An Lianag approximately quarterly- The newsletter is named after the 'green' in the middle of the village, which is where the crofters traditionally met to discuss township matters.
Camuscross and Duisdale is a vibrant and dynamic community and we look forward to welcoming you.