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Arrochar, Tarbet & Succoth: 3 Villages

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26 September 2020

27 September 2020

Argyll & Bute

Nestled beneath the Arrochar Alps, overlooking Lochs Long and Lomond, the community of Arrochar, Tarbet and Succoth is situated within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, at the gateway to the Argyll Forest Park and the Cowal Peninsula. The Three Villages, with a population of just under 1000, make up the centre of our community with Ardlui at the north of Loch Lomond and several smaller settlements along both Loch Long and Loch Lomond included in our wider community.

The Community has one of the most spectacular landscape settings imaginable. Although the vast majority of its small population live practically at sea level, the area is framed by dramatic mountain scenery on all sides and borders on both the largest freshwater loch in Britain and an extended fjord-like sea loch. It lies at one of those vital cross roads in Scotland where the routes to the west and the north divide.

This year the Trust is highlighting its stunning buildings as part of the virtual Doors Open Day.

The Hydro

The hydro scheme is a joint venture between Arrochar and Tarbet and Luss and Arden Community Development Trusts. The 123kW hydro plant is located above Arrochar and is a 'run of river' scheme, with the electricity generated being sold to the National Grid, with the generated income to be used for community benefit projects.

The hydro scheme is located in Arrochar, on Luss Estates’ land, in  Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. With the support of Energy4All, the funds required to build the scheme were raised through a community share offer, which was open to local residents and the wider renewable energy community. The build cost of £660K was raised in just two weeks during the Summer of 2017. 

The scheme was officially opened on 18th May 2018 by Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, Chairman of Luss Estates Company and attended by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy.

As of September 2020 (2.5 years since initial switch-on), the scheme has generated in excess of 900,000 KWh.  To give an indication of just how much energy this is, based on the an average household annual energy of 3100 kWh / year, the Hydro scheme would have supplied the annual energy to over 300 Houses.

The Jetty

the Loch Long Jetty Association (SC047932) run solely by volunteers and our aim is to install a picturesque and environmentally friendly floating pontoon to allow safe access to and from Loch Long in the Arrochar region.  We will also install two moorings for visiting craft. When the pontoon is installed we intend to hold an annual triathlon to build on the success of the local Arrochar 10k now in it's third year. We will facilitate other recreational events. 

This Charity arose from a project started by the Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui Community Council (CC).  The CC had concerns about the state of our three villages and the lack of any recent investment in our infrastructure.  Loch Long is a beautiful asset but is hugely under-utilised as there is no safe pedestrian access to the Loch in Arrochar.  The Charity was formed to take this project forward.  We are a non-profit making organisation. Our initial aim is to install a pontoon and moorings to facilitate recreational activity.  We want to help stimulate the local economy which has been in progressive decline due to rural isolation. 

We have obtained Planning Permission from Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and we are now looking for funds for a marine licence.  Once we have this licence we will be in a position to find funding for the actual pontoon.  We would appreciate any donation you were able to make to help further this project.

We have chosen a Fusion Marine Pontoon as it is environmentally friendly, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing.  The length will be approximately 48metres by 2.2metres width with a hammer head measuring 12metres x 2.2.metres.

THREE VILLAGES HALL

With the outdoor centre closure in 1997, the villages of Arrochar, Tarbet and Succoth were left without a community meeting place.  A public meeting was held in Arrochar Church and from that meeting The Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust was formed.

Among the aims of the Trust was to increase social interaction, cohesion and quality of life by providing a meeting place or educational and recreational activities.  During 2002 to 2006 a support team was formed to assist with funding applications, general information and advice.

Bruce &  Neil Chartered Architects from Oban were appointed as our architects. There followed a consultation phase when opinions of the villages were sought as to what we would have in the Hall.  Argyll and Bute Council were persuaded by the Provost Billy Petrie to give us the land occupied by the obsolete public toilets.

The next phase was to produce a business plan.  Application for plannign pewrmission followed and this was granted in 2006.  We then began the funding applications!  The Big Lottery confirmed they would provide £567,000 on condition match funding could be attracted.  This was achieved from Argyll and Bute Council, Leader, the Gannochy Trust, the Robertson Trust, the Fraser Foundation and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

 By 2008 we had secured the £1.5m and could start building.  The contract was awarded to Macleods.  They were on-site in January 2009 and the Hall was in full community use by 2010.

The Chapel

The small church of Saints Peter and Paul is nestled below the shadow of Cruach Tairbeirt in the village of Arrochar, which saddles the head of Loch Long in Argyll.

Built in 1952 by Caulfield and designed by the architect Jack Coia, the church opened on Christmas Day of that year.  The structure is of a simple design with a block stone entrance and a Bell Tower.  It is said that the floor of the Church came from the ballroom of the Royal Yacht Prince Albert that was being dismantled at the Ship breaking yard at Faslane at that time.

 Although relatively recently built, the name of the church is steeped in history relevant to the Parish’s past.  It is taken from a poem written in 1225 by a pilgrim, Mureach, who was a noted scholar and poet.  Arriving in Scotland from Ireland in the year 1182, he was welcomed by Alwyn, 2nd Earl of Lennox.  Alwyn’s castle was at Faslane on the Gareloch and his lands stretched from there over all Loch Long and Loch Lomond.  Shortly after his arrival in Scotland, Mureach joined a contingency(?) which took him on a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land.  

Digital Resources

Arrochar, Tarbet & Succoth 3 Villages film

A short film about the 3 Villages

Watch a short film!

Key Information

Address
  • Three Villages Hall
  • Arrochar
  • G83 7AB