Tolastadh | Tolsta
Chairman: Donald Murray
Secretary: Mrs Christina Macleod
Tolsta is a crofting township some 14 miles from Stornoway; the village has a population of approximately 500. North Tolsta Historical Society was originally established in the early 1980s, and after some years in abeyance, was formally re-established in October 1999. It is based in the former Schoolhouse, and is a non-profit organisation, financed by grants, donations and fund raising activities, and supported by a volunteer committee and a membership of over 200.
The society researches many areas of interest and recent projects include a book of local bàrdachd, Clachan Crìche; the development of a genealogy database, now ready for inclusion the Hebridean Connections database, and the publication of two volumes of the croft histories with Bill Lawson (available from the website.) Since 2001 we have also produced Seanchas, a part historical and contemporary publication, which has been well received by locals and exiles. The Summer 2009 edition is now available locally or from the society.
The society also has an interest in developing waymarked walks of natural and historical interest, and markers are now in place for the walk round Tolsta Head and at Abhainn Lidh. For more information please consult the website.