Today we run a well-stocked community shop, a brand new café with loch-side views, a 14 bed hostel, and a range of attractions and exhibitions which profile local history, culture, arts and crafts.These include the Angus MacLeod Archive, Comunn Eachdraidh na Pairc Museum, Calum Kennedy Exhibition, Patagonia Exhibition, Derek Cooper Collection, and The Islands Book Trust.
The Centre is run on behalf of the community to provide vital local services to a scattered population of about 400 people with a major aim of trying to reverse over a century of population decline through providing attractive facilities for local people and visitors alike.
We are proud and delighted to achieve the opening of our new cafe and the further development of the centre continues. Since the formal opening on the 5th of July 2011 we have seen a steady increase in visitors.
The café offers a fantastic range of coffee, teas and treats and we continue to develop our menus to include hot/cold dishes. A high priority for us is to use local produce where possible and we seek to source the best ingredients for our dishes. With a wider choice for customers the cafe is fast becoming a popular place to eat for both local and visitors alike. Over the coming months we hope to launch new initiatives to further enhance the dining experience.
Our 14-bed hostel is located in the former schoolmaster’s semi-detached house immediately next to the shop and café and other facilities at Ravenspoint. We have three rooms of bunk-beds and operate an ‘open door policy’ with mixed accommodation:
All rooms have Gaelic names, and pictures of local views. The emphasis is on basic, good-quality, clean accommodation. There are two toilets and showers. Linen and sheets are provided. Washing and drying facilities are also available. There is also a well-equipped kitchen, with electric cooker, and a comfortable residents’ lounge facing the loch.
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