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Traigh Bhan Campaign

Improving efficiency and sustainability.

Traigh Bhan, our retreat house on the sacred island of Iona, is investing in a more efficient, sustainable heating system. We are asking for your support with its unique infrastructure needs that come from our remote location in the inner Hebrides.

Those of you who have been to Traigh Bhan know that the house is heated mainly by our new Rayburn (fuel-burning stove), lovingly called Robbie with a nod to Robbie Burns, the well known Scottish poet. The “New Robbie” was donated to us by a kind anonymous donor, who also installed it! Deep gratitude to this very kind and generous donor!

Our Rayburn currently provides heating, cooking, and hot water.


We now plan to implement the next stage, which is leading the excess of hot water created by Robbie straight to our beautiful Sanctuary upstairs. We then can remove one of our ageing electric night storage heaters, and by doing so improve our carbon footprint. This will also keep our beautiful sanctuary warm and cosy!

We have also found a high quality plumber willing to do this work on the remote location of Iona.
Total cost of the project: £2,500
Already manifested: £1,820
Target to manifest: £680

Further projects would include:
Replacing old night storage heater.
Upgrading transport system on Iona.

Thank you for your support with this project!

The Rayburn is a type of stove similar in nature to the AGA and is manufactured in Telford in the United Kingdom, at the same factory as the AGA.

The Rayburn was launched in 1946 with two hotplates, and one or two ovens and the ability to heat water. They improved upon existing designs by having easily adjustable oven temperatures (competitors were dependent upon the heat produced by the fire at their heart). The original Rayburn came in a cream vitreous enamel finish. They were originally made in a factory in Falkirk which, at the peak of production, produced 1500 units per week, many of which are still in use today.

1971 saw the introduction of the first Rayburns capable of providing central heating.The early models could supply only a few radiators.

A multi-fuel solid fuel range was added to the collection in 1979. It was able to burn any type of solid fuel including coal, wood and peat. It could run five radiators in addition to heating water and cooking.From Wikipedia