About the Community
The population of the island is currently about 38. The main demographic change has been the replacement of mainly gaelic speaking West Highlanders by families from all over the UK. This is similar to what is happening everywhere in the North West.
As a Community we are always keen to encourage young families to join our small Community. Please do get in touch if you'd like to try island living, and have the skills and/or means of generating an income on the island.
There is a fine modern primary school on the island with a nursery class and six children in primary. Close to the school is a playground, poly tunnel, Forest School and the Community Hall for indoor sports, plays and activities. At the age of twelve pupils have to continue their education in Mallaig at the High School, which entails boarding at the Hostel during the week, and returning home at the weekends.
Muck has no mains electricity. The island is powered by a community owned and managed wind/photovoltaic power scheme with a back-up diesel generator to supply the island with electricity. In the past each house had their own diesel generator. A new pier was constructed which enables the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to dock at Muck. Previously passengers and freight had to be offloaded into a flit boat to complete the journey to shore.
Visitors are welcome to attend any community events, such as ceilidhs, fund-raising evenings etc while they are here. In 2012 the Community were delighted to complete their new Community Hall, the first purpose built facility for islanders and visitors to enjoy:
Other services include at the Hall include:
Enquiries, bookings & rates: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01687 462362
The Isle of Muck Community is very grateful to the following for funding this facility: BIG Lottery Fund, SRDP - Rural Priorities, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Robertson Trust, Highland Council, Highlands & Island Enterprise, The Mackintosh Foundation and to all those who helped the Community to fund-raise and made generous donations. Thank you very much.