Transport & Local Energy

Transport Feasibility Study for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass
The Study was undertaken in 2019 to address the challenges faced by local people and visitors to the areas when traveling around the Glens.

The key challenges identified were:

  1. Taking children to school within Drumnadrochit without a fossil fuelled car
  2. Taking children to school in Drumnadrochit from outside the village without a fossil fuelled car
  3. Commuting to Inverness without a fossil fuelled car
  4. Leisure travel to Inverness and around Glen Urquhart and Strathglass without a fossil fuelled car
  5. Travel between Cannich and Beauly without a fossil fuelled car
  6. Funding transport for school trips
  7. Attending community groups without a fossil fuelled car

The proposed solutions include:

  1. A Walking Bus within Drumnadrochit to encourage active travel for the primary school
  2. Developing safer paths in Drumnadrochit and Balnain to allow for active travel and safer routes to school
  3. Expansion of the EV charging network in Glen Urquhart and Strathglass
  4. Increase Ride Sharing provision – formalising and expand
  5. Car share scheme
  6. Improving the Public transport information availability
  7. Introducing e-bike hire to Glen Urquhart and Strathglass
  8. Introduce a Community Transport Scheme
  9. Establishing a Transport Hub

For further information please contact Carol Masheter

Drumnadrochit Local Energy Plan 

What is a Local Energy Plan?
Local Energy Plans aim to set out the key priorities and opportunities, taking into account the views and priorities of a range of stakeholders, including individuals, community organisations and local businesses, the local authority, the Distribution Network Operator (Scottish and Southern Electric Networks) and local generators.

Local Energy Plans make recommendations and suggest practical projects with the aim of complementing current and future energy system developments.

Drumnadrochit –  Local Energy Plan

This Local Energy Plan has been developed to enable the Drumnadrochit community to look at its existing and future energy needs in terms of power, heat and transport and determine where it sees priorities for action.

It has been created by the community, rather than being developed for them by other bodies (e.g. local authorities or National Government).

The development of the plan has been led by a steering group including Soirbheas, Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association, the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Council.

The Local Energy Plan provides a start in the community’s engagement with its energy needs. It offers a focus for immediate opportunities that can be developed in the short term. It also provides scope for longer-term planning for further changes in the future.

To view a copy of the Drumnadrochit  Local Energy Plan:
Full Plan
Summary

COBEN Programme Background

The Community Benefit of  Civic Energy –  COBEN project aims to evolve support for community energy to move from a focus of electricity generation supported by subsidies to a more whole system approach where communities’ energy generation, energy efficiency, heat, transport, storage and future usage needs are considered together.

Local Energy Scotland led a pilot to develop and implement local energy plans for four local communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands Enterprise Region and to develop a common local energy plan methodology, business model templates and IT tools.

The pilot area
The four locations were Brae (Shetland Islands), Drumnadrochit (Inverness), Barra and Vatersay (Western Isles) and Oban. They were selected to reflect the range in sizes, locations, attributes and challenges that communities have across the Highlands and Islands.

Read more about local energy planning.