GALE  -  Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum

*February 2024

GALE latest Blogs - 'Friendly February'

GALE has emailed with links to it's latest blogs on a variety of topics.  The email is difficult to reproduce, but you can see the latest and all historical blogs on their website at . 

(Look for 'Blog' on the menu).

Another recent blog 'A Day of Learning and Exchange', describes a visit to Gale by members of Cromarty Community Development Trust, which members of both groups described as successful and very useful.

*January 2024

GALE  Winter newsletter  2023-24

*December 2023

TBI - GALE newsletter exchange restored

We set up an exchange of newsletters with GALE in 2018.  This ceased during lockdown but has recently been restored.  This is the latest (Autumn 2023) newsletter.

GALE also do a regular blog - the latest post is 'Do Good December

Here are links to their website and Facebook page


November 2023

GALE wins Community Award

We have noted that the Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum, known as GALE, has won the 'Celebrating Thriving Communities' Category at the Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards sponsored by Highland Council and the Royal Bank of Scotland.  The award was presented at a ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel on 10 November, and is a great achievement for the west coast group.


October 2020         Noted on Gale's Facebook page

The Gardian  12 October 2020     Mark Brown

With 2ft-thick concrete walls and bombproof doors, the ugly nuclear bunker in north-west Scotland was meant to be a place for tracking Soviet aircraft at the height of the cold war.

Fortunately, the planes never turned up and the bunker has instead become the unlikely home for a museum telling the story of Gairloch, a coastal village 75 miles from the nearest town.

Gairloch Museum – the creation of which has involved determined people power, intense local pride and impressive vision – has been rewarded in the world’s biggest museum prize.

On Monday it was named as one of five organisations to share the title of UK museum of the year, winning for an eight-year campaign to turn a village eyesore into something rather beautiful.

Read the full article

About GALE

GALE is a community owned and managed charitable development company.  Its key aim is to develop and improve the way of life and standard of living in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area of Wester Ross.  This involves working with a range of community groups and volunteers to develop sustainable community projects that tackle important issues within our community, such as improving the social life, the local economy and the environment.

GALE is based in a new purpose-built centre in Gairloch, which includes a cafe, offices and community shop.  The aim of the shop is to provide a permanent outlet for local people to sell their products and in many cases launch new product ideas.  It also creates valuable year round local employment opportunities for both the shop staff and for those who supply the shop with their locally made products.

GALE has been running community markets in the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area for over 10 years.  They have grown significantly in size and frequency and have become a regular fixture in local diaries.

The Community Markets are currently held in Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea and feature a wide range of products and producers.  As well as offering local people an opportunity to buy and sell local products they are of great social benefit to the community, offering a friendly meeting point over a hot drink and local homebaking.

We exchange monthly online newsletters with GALE - theirs are posted regularly at
News / GALE newsletters

For more information visit GALE's website at  or their  Facebook page.





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