No real worry about Sanda Island closure

All that will remain closed for the coming tourist season on Sanda Island, off the east coast of the Mull of Kintyre, is the hotel and the restaurant.

The owners have made it clear that visitors are welcome to land on the beaches as usual.

This is private property open to public access in accordance with Scotland’s liberal land access legislation, But this does not – and could not legitimately require a landowner to absorb the cost of maintaining a private pier to facilitate such access.

When the hotel and the restaurant reopen, the pier will be open for those who pay to come to stay and eat there.

The water situation does not seem to be particularly serious – but it is a temporary obstacle for the enterprise.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health department is requiring simply that all water for human consumption must be boiled.

This would indicate nothing more than the usual bacterial contamination in run-off water. A straightforward and low cost solution to this is the use of  a UV steriliser.

The closure of the hotel and the restaurant is a loss to the Kintyre visitor menu and a disappointment. It may even be partly due to the owner’s disconcertedness at the poor response to the venue in the awful weather of the 2012 season.

Sanda and its little archipelago compose a unique and specialist destination but one with genuine potential if it is linked to existing services that would support it – such as the Kintyre Express fast passenger ferry business – and if it is energetically and imaginatively marketed.

Access to its glorious and quite unique lighthouse, built in 1850 by Alan Stevenson of the truly remarkable family of lighthouse builders, would be another major draw.

When the owners of the island get everything back up and running – or preferably before then, we are committing ourselves here to do a major photojournalism piece to help to promote it to our substantial audience.

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4 Responses to No real worry about Sanda Island closure

    • Your RIB Raid reads and looks like a fantastic trip to this part of the world.
      Give our regards to Tom and Gary at Redbay Boats. We’ve met them in covering the building and launching of the Kntyre Express fleet at Cushendall – and Redbay is one hugely capable outfit.
      Your Sanda hens are gorgeous – and its a Kintyre Express boat behind your bottlenose – so this one must have been taken off Sanda, on the route of the Kintyre Express service between Campbeltown and Ballycastle.
      And thanks for your kind offer of using your photographs.

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      • The 11m rib you see is before The Kintyre Express era, its a rib called Blue Water Raven, similar in all but name to the Kintyre Express boats. They accompined us on our run from Antrim to Corryvreckan, and back, Sanda being our last stop on the way home, The dolphins were with us on the run down from Craobh Haven, off Kintyre, before we reached its end and onwards to Sanda.We met Dick on Sanda and had some refreshments in the Byron Danton, a great trip

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        • Many thanks, Gavin. As you say, Blue Water Raven looks very like the first Kintyre Express Redbay Stormforce 11 meter, so your information is very welcome.

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