Communities of the Highlands & Islands

Scotland’s islands are ‘happiest place to live in the UK’ where the Outer Hebrides ranked at top 5. Not only does Scotland have strong community connections but also the natural environment helps in their physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, we focused on the potential opportunities and the ways of enhancing the resources of the island.

As we kept our findings in mind, we found the reasons as to why people feel happy in the Outer Hebrides. Naturally, the natural landscape helped them mentally and physically leads healthier mindsets and openness through the practice of traditions such as crofting potato plotting. We also discovered that the islanders living in the Outer Hebrides have a strong sense of community. This below infographic shows the total number of community centres scattered across the islands of Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra.

Project

Research Design, Information Design 

 

Type

A Design Research Project with Glasgow School of the Arts, Köln International School of Design, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. 

 

In Collaboration with

Research Process with Wookseob Jeong, Vet Katavet Sittikit, M Phattraporn Phithakphong

Research Process

Prof. Donald MacLean, Professional Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, expressed the importance of having a mix of collective and individual tasks where a strong sense of community exists. Beatrix describes the peaceful mindset acquired from the remoteness and slow pace around the Outer Hebrides. Other findings collected from Google showed the importance of responsibility within the community and the importance of the natural landscape.

Our focus was building new relations between the community of the Outer Hebrides and the outsiders. We focused on using the natural elements of the highlands as a potential resource for building new relations with the outsiders and community members. We researched ways new relations helps build stronger social relations and the ways we can enhance them through natural resources.

How can we empower the residents of the Outer Hebrides highlighting the resources of the island that can affect positively on health and wellbeing?

Social Interaction

Sense of Community

List of Community Centers

  • AIRIDHANTUIM
  • BACK
  • BARVAS & BRUE
  • BERNERA
  • BREASCLETE
  • CARLOWAY
  • KINLOCH
  • NESS
  • NORTH LOCHS
  • NORTH TOLSTA
  • PAIRC
  • POINT
  • SANDWICK
  • SHAWBOST
  • TONG
  • UIG
  • LAXDALE
  • NORTH HARRIS
  • SOUTH HARRIS
  • SCALPAY
  • BERNERAY
  • BENBECULA
  • BORNISH
  • ERISKAY
  • IOCHDAR
  • LOCHBOISDALE
  • NORTH UIST
  • CASTLEBAY & VATERSAY
  • NORTHBAY