Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

Rousay Eglisay & Wyre Development Trust

On behalf of the Development Trust we would like to welcome you to Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre.

Our three islands are home to a community of approximately 260 people.  These residents worked together to form our Development Trust in September 2006, with a view to tackling our local issues and improving the quality of life for those living in our communities.  Our aim, broadly, is to help our three beautiful islands to be both vibrant and sustainable.

To achieve this we gather ideas from our residents; identify projects; and with the aid of funding obtained via Government and social initiatives or by the funds we produce from our turbine, turn these ideas into projects or community assets.  In recent years we have constructed the 900kW community-owned wind turbine, provided community gardens, introduced wifi centres, sought ways to make our homes and community buildings warmer and cheaper to run, introduced a grants and bursaries scheme, and we regularly organise the annual Rousay Lap Half Marathon.  Further details of these, and other projects we are currently working on, can be found on this website.

Many of the UKs smaller islands have similar issues to ours, such as, a population decline (especially amongst the young), an ageing population, below average recreational facilities, a decline in traditional industries, limited employment opportunities, low wages and fuel poverty. 

Our Development Trust is trying to further enhance the quality of life, preserve our community and secure our future.  All island residents over the age of 18 can apply to become a member of the Trust.  Our directors are elected from within the membership, by the members themselves, and the combined Board makes decisions on what projects the Trust should develop, to try and meet these aims.

To become a full member, with voting rights, you will need to be on the local electoral role and live on one of our three islands.  If you are not on the electoral roll yet, you can become an associated member.

We very much hope that you will help us make a great future for our islands.

Link to our old website

Forthcoming events

2017 Rousay Lap

For an Entry From click hereFor the 2016 Lap Race Results click hereOnce again we are holding our annual Rousay Lap Half Marathon.  All Welcome, please come for a fun day and run, cycle or walk around our beautiful island's main ring road.  We look forward to se...

Heritage Lottery Fund - Summer of History Programme

Excavations sites are now open for visitors at Swandro (until 28 July, Sunday to Thursdays 10:00 to 16:00) & Skaill (until 23 July,. Daily 09:30 to 16:30.For each of the exciting days and events, visitors can come and see the sites and speak to the archaeologists, this can be for as short as 10 minutes or if you wish you can bring a picnic and stay all day, the choice is yours. ...

REW Heritage Society’s Summer of History Island Boat Trips on the Nybakk Museum Boat

The Nybakk BoatThe Summer of History - Heritage Lottery Funded Stories, Stones and Bones: Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre Land and Sea – Exploring Island Heritage, Past and Present....

Live projects

From May 2016 the DT will be putting on FREE certificated short courses... Discover more...
Since March 2012 the community-owned wind turbine on Kingarly Hill has been subjected to higher level... Discover more...