Building Our Islands - discovery trail

Select your favourite building, such as the clock tower at the Nicolson, via An Lanntair's website.
Select your favourite building, such as the clock tower at the Nicolson, via An Lanntair's website.

The project ‘Building Our Islands’ is aimed to engage people with their built environment of the Western Isles through workshops, illuminations, art and photography.

Stornoway arts centre An Lanntair and The Western Isles Architecture Group have come together to create the dynamic project as part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture. .

The project officially launched earlier this year and now there is an invitation for people to select the buildings they wish to see included.

People can vote for their favourite from a shortlist compiled by local architects and experts.

Log on to : to find the survey.

The project aims to work directly with schools and local communities to raise awareness of local architecture specific to each island.

Special educational booklets have been developed and will be delivered throughout the Outer Hebrides.

The project is supported by HIE and CNES along a number of other funders, including Tighean Innse Gall, The Royal Institute of Scottish Architects and The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All.

The main aim of the project is to encourage children and adults alike to learn about their own built environment and to educate communities about the local architecture and design of the Islands.

The project will also focus on highlighting and profiling, the often overlooked, architecture of the Outer Hebrides and bringing this to a national audience.

The project will be delivered in Gaelic and English to encourage knowledge (and use) of language and culture. The Project also collaborating with photographer John Maher.

Ian McCulloch, HIE’s Head of Regional Development said: “As the lead funder, HIE is delighted to support a project which will produce valuable impacts in raising awareness of the built environment, highlighting the historic and current contribution from the area’s construction sector.

“This project, which will work across the Outer Hebrides, will add to other trails of interest including Food & Drink and Archaeology.

“We look forward to seeing the various buildings lit to showcase their individual characters.”