Living on an island full-time can seem daunting and does have its constraints but these are overwhelmingly outdone by the advantages. Luing is a beautiful island with a strong and caring community. Newcomers are welcomed ... especially if they are keen to take part in the activities on offer! There are many groups and organisations that are always keen for new members, and volunteers are always welcome for the Fire Station and First Responder teams.
We are lucky to have a fantastic primary and nursery school on the island, where the children are split in to two classes. The school is vibrant and very much a part of the community with a range of events happening throughout the year.
Older children attend Oban High School and travel in daily by Post Bus on the island and scheduled bus service on the mainland. The High School has an excellent reputation academically as well as for music and sport.
The island is served by the doctors surgery on Seil and also has a team of trained volunteer First Responders who are called upon in an emergency when professional help is on its way. With a strong team of Home Helps as well on the island the needs of residents can be met by local and caring individuals.
Adult groups on the island include Tai Chi, Sewing & Patchwork, Keep Fit, Film Club and Archery. There are also a number of activities available on the neighbouring island of Seil including a very active Natural History Group. Many of the children attend the local church groups Anchor Club and Jam which cater for all ages.
There are regular events running throughout the year including family ceilidhs, beetle drives, quiz nights, soup lunches, and more unusual one-off events as well.
One of the disadvantages of living in a remote area is that if you want to do something then sometimes you have to do it yourself! This is why Luing has so many organisations run by the locals themselves. These include Luing Community Trust which aims are to advance education for the public benefit in the heritage and history of the Isle of Luing and to preserve, restore and improve the environment in and around the Isle of Luing. Other groups include: Luing History Group, Luing Horticultural Society, the Playpark Committee and the drama group. New members are always welcome.
There are a range of houses available for residential let on the island and these are normally advertised through the Oban Times. Houses come up for sale occasionally as well through Oban solicitors.