Bhaltos Trust

Fàilte ~ Welcome

The Bhaltos Estate totals 690 hectares of which approximately 20% is croftland and 80% is common grazing.  In addition, the Bhaltos Estate rents hill grazing from Uig and Hamnaway Estate.  The estate covers a variety of terrain, from rocky moorland to machair and shore.

There are 5 villages within the estate.

 

  • Bhaltos (Valtos)
  • Cnip (Kneep)
  • Riof (Reef)
  • Uigean (Uigen)
  • Clibhe (Cliff
The Reef monument, Suileachan ('lesson')

An Sùileachan

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Bhaltos Community Trust

When the opportunity arose for buying the Bhaltos estate from the current landlord, James Gilchrist, a Steering Group was set up in November 1998 with a remit to form a company which could purchase and manage the estate.

The Steering Group put proposals for the new company to a public meeting on 8th December.  Bhaltos Community Trust Ltd was incorporated on 16th December 1998. 

The trust has eight directors and a total of 105 members.

Aims

 

One of the objectives of the Trust is to promote and assist effective utilisation of the resources of the Bhaltos crofting estate and the creation of sustainable development therein.

 

Its aims are:

  1. To acquire and manage the lands and resources comprising the crofting estate of Bhaltos, Isle of Lewis for the benefit of the whole community of the estate.
  2. To promote and assist effective utilisation of the resources of the Bhaltos crofting estate and the creation of sustainable development therein beneficial to the community thereof.
  3. To improve the social, economic, educational and cultural environment of Bhaltos Estate community.
  4. To conserve and improve the natural environment of Bahltos Estate.
  5. To preserve as far as possible all items of archaeological interest on the Bhaltos Estate and to encourage archaeological study and exploration on the estate.