Balnakeil Craft Village

Postal Address
16D Balnakeil
IV27 4PT

Electronic Mail
01971 511296
Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Balnakeil Craft Village was originally built as an early warning station against nuclear attack, but became obsolete before coming fully into use. The site was taken over by the local authority who initiated the craft village, letting the buildings to craftspeople. Later, the buildings were sold to their tenants and they now change hands on the open market. There is no longer any obligation for every building to house a craft business, but a high proportion do so.

The buildings are typical military structures: single-storey, flat-roofed and of concrete block construction. They vary in size, but are mostly roomy enough to contain a shop, workshop and ample family living accommodation. There are currently about ten craft shops or galleries, a boatyard and two restaurants. Another building will be providing self-catering accommodation. Shops are mostly open from Spring to October, but the restaurant/bookshop and chocolaterie are open year-round.

Buildings occasionally come up for sale. Communal ground includes the village green and the ‘tattie patch’, though many people have individual gardens. There is no communal organisation, but the compactness of the site and the remoteness lead to a certain feeling of community, the strength of which inevitably varies from time to time.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community does not have broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community does not share utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
no regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
United Kingdom

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Balnakeil Craft Village is currently looking for new members

Durness Development Group have established a project to create affordable living space for artists/craftspeople in Balnakeil Craft Village, Durness. Accommodation will include shared workshop and retail space. At this stage we are gauging interest and would love to hear from anybody who may be interested.

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Balnakeil Craft Village is currently looking for volunteers

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