About Us

The auction mart in Steinish was originally built for Heather Isle Meats LTD, who received funding in the region of £600000 from European Grants towards the construction. Unfortunately, Heather Isle Meats went into liquidation, putting the future of the mart in jeopardy. Local producers formed a committee, who were successful in persuading the local authority, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, to purchase the mart from the liquidators and operate it on behalf of the producers as a short-term solution to the problem.


In 2005, a group was established to attempt to purchase the Auction Mart for the community of Lewis and Harris from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. With assistance from the Scottish Land Fund, the group were successful and, thus, the Long Island Rural Trust was formed. They now manage the facility on behalf of the community, mainly through their wholly-owned trading subsidiary 'Lewis and Harris Auction Mart (2005) LTD'. This company deals with the day-to-day running of the Auction Mart.


The Long Island Rural Trust consists of sixteen directors. They are elected annually at the AGM and are all volunteers who give their time freely and without remuneration.

Long Island Rural Trust


2017 Directors


Alex Ferguson - North Street


Kevin Kennedy - Stornoway


John Murdo Matheson - Lochs


Donald Macbain - Garrabost


Alex Macdonald - Garrabost


Kevin Macdonald - Coll


D.J. Macinnes - Harris


Iain M Maciver - Lochs


Ruairidh Mackay - Garrabost


Calum Iain Mackenzie - Hacklete


Peter Maclennan - Lochs


Alex John Ross - Sand Street


Donald M Macleod - Stornoway


Donald M Macleod - Gress


Kenny Macleod - Ness


Norman Macleod - Tolsta Chaolais

© 2009-2017 Lewis and Harris Auction Mart (2005) LTD - A Trading Subsidiary of the Long Island Rural Trust

Lewis and Harris Auction Mart - Steinish, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis - Tel: 01851 706974