Development Coll was set up to benefit the community of the Isle of Coll and all projects undertaken reflect the needs and priorities of the local community. The activities of the organisation are informed and guided by regular consultation with the community to ensure that local issues are addressed.

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Following on from a survey commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Growth Plan for the island was produced in 2011 in order to:

  • Provide a single summary of the community priorities and actions which were identified as the responsibility of Development Coll (following work with Coll Community Council).
  • Define areas of action and demonstrate dependencies and links between community growth objectives.
  • Set out the broad steps towards achieving these growth priorities under which more detailed projects will be developed and progressed.
  • Provide a reference point for Development Coll’s work for the five year period, 2011 to 2016.
Ongoing projects are shown below.

An Cridhe

An Cridhe is the Isle of Coll’s brand new community centre, opened by HRH Princess Anne on 11th July 2012. An Cridhe means 'the heart', and the building is intended to be at the heart of life on Coll. It is a multi-purpose facility that caters for the many different needs of islanders and visitors.

Coll Bunkhouse

Coll Bunkhouse is a brand new, purpose-built hostel situated in the centre of Arinagour, right next door to An Cridhe. Sleeping up to 16 people, the bunkhouse has two mixed dormitories with six beds in each and a four bed room which can be booked as a twin, a triple or a quad.

Mobile Coverage

Over the past few years, Development Coll (DC) has investigated whether it could facilitate the delivery of mobile coverage to the Isle of Coll and has been working with the Scottish Government since early 2013 to make this possible.