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Email: info@atlanticislandscentre.com
Tel: 01852 314096

Opening Hours

 April 1st onwards

      Monday - Friday - 10am - 5pm

      Saturday - 10am - Late

      Sunday - 11am - 5pm 

      Monday - lunch club 12:30

      Hot food served 12:30pm - 2:30pm


      July & August

      Hot food served 12:00pm - 3:30pm



Past Events

Sunday 26 April 2015 at 1pm Head in the Clouds: The Peregrinations of Marie Marvingt by Broken Spectacles, children and adults' theatre held in Cullipool Hall.

2-5 May 2015 North of Scotland Archaeology Group of 20 field walking on Luing.

11-15 May 2015 Edinburgh U3A Geology Group of 12 based in Cullipool.

Friday 15 May 2015 at 7.45 pm A Walk at the Edge of the World by Magnetic North Theatre Company held in Cullipool Hall.

Monday 25 May 2015 at 7.45 pm Living at the Coast of the Great Atlantic Ocean, a Festival of the Sea talk by Dr Anuschka Miller, Scottish Association of Marine Science.

Saturday 13 June 2015 Official Opening of the Centre by Brendan O'Hara MP for Argyll & Bute. A seafood buffet and refreshments and music was provided by the children of Ukelele Luing.

20-26 June 2015 The Leader sailing boat voyage around the Argyll Islands.

Thursday 25 June 2015 An informal evening ceilidh with musicians, storytellers and poets from the voyage and Luing was held.


23-25 July 2015 Living Well on Luing A seafood cookery demonstration, words & music night, a geology talk and walk, a botany walk, and a poetry talk and walk. Funded by the Health & Wellbeing Network Oban, Lorne & the Isles.

Friday 21 August 2015 at 7.45 pm The War of the Buttons by Compagnie Animation, French theatre company, Children's and adults' mime show.

Sunday 23 August 2015 from 1.45-5pm Slate Sculpture Competition, children, family and adult prizes.

8-12 September 2015 Edinburgh U3A Geology Group: of 12 based in Cullipool.

14-17 September 2015 A UHI Music & the Environment course based in the AIC: 5 Masters students led by lecturer and composer Mark Sheridan, with seminars by Norman Bissell.

Tuesday 20 October 7.45pm 2015 The Isle of Luing Community Trust AGM followed by discussion groups on the future strategy for the Trust, events and activities for the winter and 2016, Centre building maintenance and the café restaurant. Please do come along we are keen to hear your views and integrate these into the Trust's plans.

October Holiday Programme

We had a series of 'Come & Try' events over the October school holidays to welcome in the autumn and see what proved popular for future events. 

October Holiday Programme »

Wednesday 21 October from 10:30am-2:30pm Meet a Business Adviser Want to be your own boss? Considering a career change? Running your own business but fancy some free advice? Meet with a Business Gateway adviser and discuss your plans or ideas. They can help with research and business planning. Drop in between 10:30am and 2:30pm or make a free appointment by calling 01546 604555 or emailing business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk

At lunchtime A visit by Michael Russell MSP for Argyll & Bute.

Thursday 22 October from 11:45am-12:30pm A Pizza Workshop: a family friendly event for the school holidays. Shape your dough, add tons of toppings and create your very own pizza! Limited spaces, early booking recommended. £2.50 per person to cover costs.

At lunchtime A visit by SURF Award judges: community led regeneration.

Monday 9 November at 2pm A visit by Trust representatives from Kerrera and Lismore and a Development Trust Association Scotland representative.

Decorating Drinks, Fri 20 Nov, 7pm onwards: Christmas decorating of the AIC accompanied by a bar night.

A Taste of Christmas, Sat 21 Nov, 2pm-7pm (lunch from 12pm): Lovely Christmas treats for sale * Homemade Stollen, Mince Pies, Waffles, Mulled Wine & Mulled Cider * 5% Discount on Gifts (excluding local crafts) * Christmas Craft Activities for children * Why not treat yourself to a beauty treatment?  Book an appointment with Megan Cruickshanks, Beauty Therapist - for a Manicure or maybe a Gel Manicure, a Mini Facial, Back Massage or Full Body. Treat yourself for Christmas.To book a beauty treatment contact Fiona on 01852 314 375.

Talk Tasting & Cookery Demo with Christopher Trotter – Fife’s Food Ambassador, Fri 27 Nov, 8pm-11pm: Talk, cookery demonstration and tasting, in partnership with Book Week Scotland 2015.

The Atlantic Islands Centre is thrilled to announce a partnership event with Scottish Book Trust for Book Week Scotland 2015.

Christopher Trotter will return to Argyll (he ran Portsonachan Hotel for 6 years) to celebrate the publication of a new series of ‘little vegetable’ books. The latest of which is ‘Kale’, each pocketbook is packed with innovative recipes. He has written over 8 cookery books, including the popular ‘whole animal’ books “The Whole Hog” and “The Whole Cow”. 

His host evening at the AIC will consist of a talk, cookery demonstration and tasting session.

Entry £5. For more information or to book please call the kitchen on 01852 314 096.

“Stone Age in Argyll”, Luing History Group Talk, Mon 30 November at 7.45pm (at Cullipool Hall): A Luing History Group talk by a leading archaeologist Caroline Wickham Jones about life in the Stone Age, including showing ancient bits of stone and flint. Entry by donation                     Refreshments will be served.


Testimony of the Rocks: A Voyage through the Atlantic Islands in the Leader sailing boat: A Talk by Simon Cuthbert and Short Film by Emma MacLachlan, Friday 4 December 2015 at 7.45 pm in the Atlantic Islands Centre

 In June 2015 the Brixham sail-trawler Leader, with scientists, sailors, artists, writers, musicians and film-makers on board, made a voyage through the Atlantic Islands which culminated in a day celebrating Luing and its new Atlantic Islands Centre. Their journey brought their own perspectives and life-experience to the landscape, seascape, geology, natural history, archaeology and cultural heritage of these fascinating islands.  They drew their inspiration from the great 19th century communicator of popular geology and folklore, Hugh Miller, author of "Testimony of the Rocks" and "The Cruise of the Betsey". Simon’s talk will give a geologist’s recollections of this unique expedition using a mix of photography, film and sound to explore the Atlantic Islands through a billion years of deep time and eight thousand years of human memory.

A short film of the Leader journey made by Emma MacLachlan from Luing will also be shown. Come along and learn more about their voyage.

Simon Cuthbert is a lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland with interests in the geology of Scotland and Scandinavia and mountains in general. He is happiest when sharing with others his fascination for geology and the stories of our landscapes.  

Games Night, Sat 5 Dec, 7pm-11pm: Retro evening with table games, drinks and refreshments.

Curry Night, Sat 12 Dec, 7pm-11pm: Keep cosy with a delicious freshly made curry and catch up on the latest chat.

Christmas Ding Dong, Fri 18 Dec, 7pm-11pm: Come along for festive fun, games and drinks.

An Evening with Eamonn P. Keyes, Fri 15 Jan, 8pm-11pm:

Belfast-born Eamonn P. Keyes has been playing music for 40 years, working in cover and original bands and as a solo artist. He has been a studio engineer and producer for almost 30 years, and has worked as a live sound engineer with support acts on tour with stars like Whitesnake, Deep Purple, The Who, Thunder, Alterbridge and Paul Rodgers.

This live show can include virtually anything, from Scottish Folk to Rock, from Rabbie Burns to Pink Floyd, from Buddy Holly to The Killers. The set will depend on what you want on the night.

Throw in a hatful of stories, from drinking and discussing Middle Eastern politics with Lemmy to having Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards cry on his shoulder, it promises to be an interesting night. Come and sing along, dance, shout requests or heckle…All welcome!

Bar and snacks available from 7:30pm with live music from 8pm. If you are coming from off-island and require a lift please call us on the number below to arrange this.

Sunday Roast,  Sun 17 Jan, 12pm-2:30pm:

Atlantic Islands Centre welcomes guest chef Des Ballantyne from Easdale Island’s The Puffer Bar & Restaurant.

1 course - £10
2 courses - £12.50
3 courses - £15

Booking recommended by calling 01852 314 096.

Rowing Club Burns Night, Sat 23 Jan: A fun night to celebrate Scotland's bard Rabbie Burns. Tickets available at Luing Stores Cullipool or from any committee member.

Quiz Night, Fri 29 Jan, 6:30pm-11pm: Come along for food, fun & refreshments from 6:30pm with a light-hearted quiz starting at 8pm. Entry £4 per team (max 5 per team). Prize for the winning team.

Sunday Roast, Sun 31 Jan, 1pm-3pm: Traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Prices: 1 course - £10; 2 courses - £12.50 or 3 courses - £15. Booking recommended by calling 01852 314 096.

Amore, Sat 13 Feb, 7pm-11pm: Why not treat that special person in your life? Whether it's your partner, relative, neighbour or friend, why not book a table for our 3 course meal. Followed by that well loved quiz 'Mr & Mrs' - find out who really knows their partner best! Open from 7pm to 11pm for drinks also. Menu £15 per person.

A Night at the Races, Sat 27 Feb, 7pm-11pm:

Fancy a flutter? Why not come along and join in the fun? No previous betting experience required. Tokens can be purchased on the night.

Race Day Refreshments (pies & mushy peas/hotdogs) will be available to purchase. Why not dress the part? Prize for best dressed.

No booking required, just pop in.

The Trials of Galileo, Sat 5 March, 7:45pm onwards. The Trials of Galileo focuses on the events surrounding his trial for heresy in 1633. "The Universe is a divine miracle Galileo, not a clockwork toy! 'Proof' denies faith, and without faith you are nothing." In this reprimand of Pope Urban is contained Galileo's tragedy - a mistaken belief that all he had to do was show the church his reasoning and his evidence and the church would fall in behind him. He understood the science better than any man alive, but never grasped the politics. Until it was too late.

Italian Night, Sat 12 March, 7pm-11pm

food served 7pm-9pm.

3 course menu £15 per person (primary children's portions available for half price)


Minestrone soup or Bruschetta


Beef lasagne or Lentil & Spinach lasagne

with green salad


Tiramisu, Aranci Caramellizzati or Gelato Espresso

Places are limited, so please book early: 01852 314 096 / info@atlanticislandscentre.com

Easter Weekend 25-27 Mar: A programme of events for the whole family! The Atlantic Islands Centre will be open on Friday evening for 'catch up drinks', Saturday evening meals on offer and over Saturday and Sunday there'll be a childrens' craft table. Sunday Easter Egg hunt from 1:30pm. 

Saturday 26 March Menu, 7pm-9pm

Soup of the Day, served with homemade sour dough bread £2.50 

Moules Mariniere, local mussels in a creamy white wine sauce & a crusty ciabatta £5.00/£7.95


Scottish Salmon Fillet, served with dill, lemon butter, seasonal vegetables & new potatoes £10.50

Chicken & Mushroom Pie, served with seasonal vegetables & new potatoes £8.50

Homemade Burger, with cheese, bacon & chips £6.95

Penne Arrabiata, served with garlic bread £5.50


Selection of desserts available

Booking recommended by calling 01852 314 096.

Netting, Fri 1 April, 8pm:

This 'fine bittersweet' play is about three North East of Scotland women trying to cope with the loss at sea of the fishermen in their lives.

A father and his two sons are lost at sea. Keep busy, eh? Hope we’ll get a body, mebbe. The widden spoon. A knock on the door wi a wooden spoon.  Three women adapt to their lives as widows. Kitty can’t stop knitting. Alison needs looking after. Sylvia wants to forget. Then, one day, a knock on the door. A body has been found. One body, three women. Who does it belong to? Set in the north of Scotland, “Netting” is a moving story about finding closure after unimaginable loss.

Tickets £8 (under 16s £5) available: in person from the AIC or Luing Post Office & Stores / calling 01852 314 096 / emailing info@atlanticislandscentre.com


Luing History Group Workshop, Sat 9 & Sun 10 April: Luing History Group Workshop on the LHG weekend event April 2016.pngAchafolla Mill and Holy Isle of the Garvellachs. Please drop-in between 12 noon and 4 pm on both days to see relevant extra items and rare books from the Collection and the whole archive of Luing Newsletters from Volume one onwards.

April Holiday Programme

Monday 11 April
Felt Picture Making by Liz at heartfelt 10:30am-12:30pm
Enjoy a stroll around Cullipool collecting materials to create your own felt picture. Family friendly event, all ages welcome. Price: £3 per person / £5 for both workshops or £10 family ticket / £15 for both workshops.

Spring Block Printing & Etching by Liz at heartfelt, 2:30pm-4:30pm
An introductory course on block printing onto fabric and etching. Take home your very own spring themed artwork. Price as above.

Thursday 14 April 
Business Gateway, Business Start-up, 10am-5pm
Want to be your own boss? Considering a career change? Why not come along to a free informal and informative workshop at the Atlantic Islands Centre, Luing? This one-day workshop covers business planning, cash flow and profit and marketing. Interested? To book a place or find out more please call 01546 604555 or email business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Jungle Jam Jars, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Make your own edible miniature jungle (with a little help from Louisa) to take home and scoff. Please bring a clean jam jar along. new-French-night-illustration.jpg

Saturday 16 April 
French Night, 7pm-11pm (food 7pm-9pm) 
A relaxed evening with classic French cuisine. Three course menu for £15 per person, half price for under 16s. Book early to ensure your place by calling 01852 314 096. 


Soup (V) 

Salad niçoise with crusty bread


Poulet chasseur

Provençal stuffed vegetables

both served with new potatoes and herb tomatoes


Tarte tatin (upside down carmelised apple tart)

Dame blanche (vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce)


Scotland and Malawi: The Power of Partnership

A talk by Kenneth Ross, Netherlorn Parish Minister

Tuesday 19 April at 7.45 pm               

The Global Goals for the eradication of poverty, recently adopted by the United Nations, have highlighted the value of partnership. Scotland and Malawi, two small nations with a long history of working together, are practising partnership in innovative ways today. This evening at the Atlantic Islands Centre will explore how the relationship of the two countries was formed and how it is finding dynamic expression today.

Kenneth Ross, Netherlorn parish minister, taught at the University of Malawi from 1988 to 1998. He has remained closely connected since returning to Scotland and was given the clan name “Ngozo” by Chief Champwiti in 2011. He chairs the Scotland Malawi Partnership – the national networking organisation that coordinates the many links between the two countries. These include a Netherlorn-Bemvu partnership that will bring two Malawi visitors to the Isle of Luing later in 2016.

There will be a Fair Trade stall and raffle in aid of a Scotland Malawi charity and Kenneth Ross's book about Malawi and Scotland will be on sale. Light meals of Swahili curry and other refreshments will be available from 7pm. Booking for meals advisable by calling 01852 314 096 or emailing info@atlanticislandscentre.com

Lifts from the ferry available on request, please book prior to event.

Entry by donation.

Luing History Group AGM and talk on Friday 22 April at 7:45pm in Toberonochy Hall

Sarah MacQuaid, Mon 2 May, 7:45pm:

Singer-Songwriter Sarah MacQuaid is back on Luing by popular demand. Sarah’s voice has been 2015_Sarah_McQuaid_1.jpglikened to 'malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of sound-scape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Doors 6:30pm when the bar will open and light meals will be available. Lifts from and to the ferry available on request please call 01852 314 096 for more information or to arrange. 

Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door, £3 under 16s and £20 for a family ticket (2 adults + children). Tickets are available in person from the Atlantic Islands Centre or Luing Post Office and Stores, by calling 01852 314 096 or emailing info@atlanticislandscentre,com


Patsy Dyer, Storytelling Session, Sat 21 May, 4pm-5:45pm: 

A session by local Storyteller Patsy Dyer who will share her love of stories through a whimsical afternoon suitable for the whole family, from toddlers to grannies. 

Patsy tells intricate and fascinating myths whether Greek, Norse or Celtic and especially enjoys telling stories, which invites the listener into a world so very different from the real. Patsy also draws on her wide knowledge of plants to bring plant mythology to the fore.

This life-lone passion arises from her mothers’ fascination with nature and reflection on tales told by patsy-dyer-kids.jpgPatsy’s Irish father, who died when Patsy was only two years old. Walks in the Worcestershire countryside and regular visits to Donegal as a child glittered as her mother recalled fairies and secret mossy dells; all special ingredients for Patsy who is a professional horticultural writer and who has also had several magical ‘Tales for Telling’ Published.

Patsy has told stories at the Oxford International Women’s Festival; adult tales at the University of
Oxford Winter Balls and at The Oxford Storytelling Festivals. She also initiated and organised the annual ‘Root and Branch’ Storytelling Festival, for people with mental health difficulties. Patsy has told stories at various festivals and summer fetes in and around Oxfordshire and regularly at The Oxford Friends Meeting House. Patsy has also told her own stories live on BBC Radio Oxford and folk tales on local TV. A few years ago her research and storytelling was combined and are now permanent recordings at the Vegetable Kingdom Museum, Coventry. Since moving back to Scotland in 2006, Patsy has told tales in Skye and at the Good Craic Club, Edinburgh.

Tickets are free for pre-school children, £2 for under 16s, £3 for adults and £8 for a family ticket. Tickets are available at the Atlantic Islands Centre / Luing Post Office & Stores, by calling 01852 314 or emailing info@atlanticislandscentre.com 

First Birthday Party, Fri 27 May, 7pm onwards:

Come along and join a celebration of the Atlantic Islands Centre's first year. Free finger buffet and the bar will be open for drinks. All welcome. 

Ben Maggs, Sat 4 June, 7:30pm:

Singer, Songwriter and Musician Ben Maggs brings songs from his latest album “Come as you are” to ben maggs.jpgLuing as part of his Scottish tour. The album draws especially on Ben’s experiences and adventures around the British Isles – the dramatic wilderness coastline of the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland, his Grandfather’s Welsh homeland and also his native Cotswolds. All of Ben’s songs are written and performed with authenticity and integrity from the landscape of his heart, singing of the experiences of a man who feels and expresses profoundly and exquisitely.

Doors 6pm when there will be light meals available. Please book your place in advance. Lifts from the ferry available on request.

Tickets are priced at: £8 adults, £5 under 16s or £20 for a family ticket. They are available in person at the Atlantic Islands Centre / Luing Post Office & Stores, by calling 01852 314 096 or emailing info@atlanticislandscentre.com 

Luing Slate Festival, Fri 10 June till Sun 12 June

Friday 10 June

18.30 Tapas Night: A selection of Spanish inspired small dishes.

Saturday 11 June

10.00 - 12.00      Slate Mosaic Workshop

13.00 - 15.00     led by artist and geologist Dugald MacInnes.

16.00 Illustrated Talk: The Rise & Fall of the Slate Industry: Alastair & Zoe Fleming.                 

19.30 Luing Slate Ceilidh:  Fiona, Rachel & Hazel Cruickshanks, Kirsty MacLachlan, Heather & Duncan Fothergill, Norman Bissell & guests. The Atlantic Islands Centre coffee shop / restaurant will be open for light meals and drinks. 

Sunday 12 June

12.00 Slate Tiles Dressing Demonstration: how slate roof tiles are made by hand.

13.00 Unveiling of Slate Wagon Installation: made by David Ritchie

13.15 Slate Sculpture Competition above Cullipool shore: adult, children & family prizes.

16.45 Presentation of prizes. Refreshments & cake available.

Slate Industry Exhibition by Luing History Group upstairs in the Atlantic Islands Centre throughout June.


Workshop prices are £10 adults, £5 under 16s or £25 for a family ticket. The workshop is four hours long with a break for lunch (10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm). This is a rare opportunity to try your hand at slate mosaics in a workshop personally lead by Dugald. Places are limited, so prior booking is essential by calling 01852 314 096, emailing info@atlanticislandscentre.com or popping into the Atlantic Islands Centre in person. 

There are three categories in the Slate Sculpture Competition: Adult £1 entry; under 16s 50p entry or family entry for £2 (with at least one child under 12)

All other events are free entry, with donations welcomed.

Book events at the Atlantic Islands Centre, e-mail info@atlanticislandscentre.com or tel. 01852 314096.

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The Outside Track, Wednesday August 3rd 2016, 8pm Live music from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton

Movie Time, Monday August 22nd 2016, 7.45pm. A Mull Theatre Production, written by David Pitman.

Diving the Firth of Lorne, illustrated talk by Graeme Bruce, 21 September 2016, 7:45pm.

Mairi Campbell live music, Wednesday 5th October 2016, 8pm.

Jewellery work shop with Lasta King, Sat. 15 Oct. 2016.

Kumohimi Braiding work shop with Lasta King, Sun. 16 Oct. 2016.

Rag Rugs work shop with Margaret Kennedy, Wed. 19 Oct. 2016.

Oktoberfest, Fri 21 Oct. 2016.

Latvia Exhibition, Mo 24 October 2016, Luing History Group exhibition

A Taste of Christmas, Sat. 19 November 2016

George Geddes talk, Tues. 22 November 2016

Paper craft and Beading workshop, Sat. 26 November 2016

Andrew Whitley talk, Wed. 30 November 2016

Hogmanay Party, Sat. 31 December 2016