The Ulva Ferry area stretches from Kellan to Torloisk on the Isle of Mull, encompassing the Isles of Ulva and Gometra. It is  National Scenic Area.

Since the Ulva Ferry primary school was threatened with closure in 2010, Ulva School Community Association (USCA) has been running a successful campaign to sustain their area and keep the school open. Through extensive community consultation led by USCA and Local Development Officers, affordable housing was identified as a top priority for residents in the area and a housing project is now underway to secure local families.


After four years of hard work and fundraising, this joint venture between the Ulva School Community Association (USCA) and Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) is now fully funded and the contract has been awarded to local firm Norman MacDonald Builders.  Work is due to start on site in early August with the houses ready for occupation by Spring next year.

The Housing Project has been financed via grants from Argyll & Bute Council, the Quaker Housing Trust, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, and USCA, along with over £20,000 raised from local donations.  Now additional finance from the Quaker Housing Trust and a grant from the Scottish Government’s new Rural Housing Fund have completed the funding package.  The Scottish Government grant of £27,384.30 is the first to be awarded by the new Rural Housing Fund, launched to increase the supply of affordable housing in rural Scotland.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP said: ‘We recognise the challenges of developing affordable housing in remote rural areas and so I’m delighted that the Scottish Government is able to provide funding to this worthwhile project through the Rural Housing Fund.  The provision of these 2 affordable homes for rent will make a huge impact on this small island community.’

The high-quality, three-bedroom homes are being built right next to Ulva Primary School, and will be offered for long-term let to local families for £443 pcm on secure tenancies, and thanks to local firm Thorne Wyness Architects’ low energy design, will have heating bills of less than £350 per YEAR.

Iain Thomson, convenor of USCA, gave the following comment: “The latest news about the grant from the Rural Housing Fund is a fantastic boost to the project. So much time and work has been put in and many challenges overcome. It is the result of a community pulling together in thUlva Ferry Community Housing (Copyright Thorne Wyness Architects)e face of school closure and keeping hope alive for the future of the area I look forward to see construction begin soon!”.  Helen MacDonald, Housing Project Manager, added “we are delighted to be starting work on site this summer, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this project over the years; £22,500 in donations is testament to the importance of these houses to so many people, and the difference they will make to the Ulva Ferry community”.

The houses should be completed by May 2017 and anyone interested in renting one of these family homes should contact Helen MacDonald on 01688 500 056 or

Housing News…

Our Island Home undertook a Housing Needs Survey in summer 2015 for the Ulva Ferry area and the report is available here.

Click here to find articles relating to the Ulva Ferry project.

For more information, contact Helen MacDonald on 01688500056 or send her an email to

If you’re in the area, feel free to pop into the portacabin at Torloisk crossroads to meet the Local Development Officers, Helen and Cally, in their office.

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