A new £215,000 marina has opened today, 17th July, at Lochaline in Morvern, on the north shore of the Sound of Mull.
The development includes a new Harbour office, showers, toilets, laundry and Wi-Fi on the shore of Loch Aline, only minutes from the village of Lochaline.
Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has welcomed the opening of this new facility, saying: ‘I am delighted that the Lochaline Marina has been formally opened.
‘It builds on the recent development of new pontoons in 2011.
‘This is a major expansion of the facilities for the local Morvern Community, which made a significant contribution to the costs through the Morvern Community Development Trust.’
Led by Morvern Community Development Company (MCDC), the community successfully secured £150,000 from LEADER, £55,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and contributed £10,000 themselves to develop the shore facilities to complement the pontoons.
‘The company draws its membership from the local community and is governed by a board of voluntary directors. The marina supports a part-time manager, employed and funded by MCDC.
Mr Thompson says: ‘These new facilities will improve the experience of visitors and those who live in the local community, and crucially encourage more spending in the remote community.
‘This increased spend will have a positive impact on the local economy, and I look forward to visiting and seeing the new facilities myself.’
This is of course the community whose ferry to Fishnish on the Isle of Mull across the Sound the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister proposed in the Ferries Review to remove as surplus to requirements.