Tobermory Harbour Association plans to buy land, pier and buildings at Aros Pier

Tobermory Harbour Association [THA] has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme [NFLS] to purchase 1.19 hectares of land at Aros Pier/waterfront.

The area applied for includes the derelict pier, slipway and two ruined buildings – formerly a boathouse and sawmill.

Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS lets communities bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that this would provide increased public benefits.

Renowned for its scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna as well as its peaceful setting, Aros Park has long been the main public outdoor recreation space for the people of Tobermory, and the wider island.

The THA intends to maintain Aros Park’s unique attractions but to also sensitively restore the dilapidated pier and adjacent buildings, developing this corner of the park for the benefit of all existing visitors and attracting new visitors to the island.

A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.

Details of the application can be viewed here online. All comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by 10th August, 2016.

Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, ‘Woodlands’, Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to malcolm.wield@forestry.gsi.gov.uk [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available – unless requested to keep comments confidential.

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  • Well done THA. Their own modern facilities at Tobermory are great and are well used by summer visitors. Undoubtedly their pontoons and moorings have had a very positive effect on the Mull economy – not to mention the jobs THA have created. There must be something in the water in Mull and Iona where they actually get up off their bahookies to do things in their own community instead of waiting/depending on someone else to do it for them. Again, well done THA.

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    Simon July 13, 2016 12:35 pm Reply
  • What got them off their bahookies was a warning from the Crown Estates Officer that if they didn’t sort out the moorings then he would step in and do it. I once tried to get the ‘old regime’ to put in a pontoon for yacht’s dinghies to avoid having to use the steps at the ferry pier which caused complaints when there were many. The THA secretary said that Tobermory was a fishing harbour and that’s that – no handy wee pontoon for yachties !. What a difference under the ‘new regime’. An amazing business plan was put forward, accepted, put into action and carried through. What a huge difference in attitude and therefore well done to everyone involved.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 13, 2016 4:22 pm Reply
    • I’ve never been there since the pontoons went in. We used to take the dinghy in to where the pontoons are now. Last time I was there a guy from the harbour association was darting about in a small rib showing us which moorings were free, and collecting the fees, that saved a bit of time though.
      Another time I could not find a free mooring and decided to anchor before it got dark. I tied a pendant line to the anchor in case it fouled and started letting the chain out, and out, and out, and then the pick up buoy disappeared under the surface, so I had to retrieve it and add an extension. I can’t remember now if I added nylon to my chain rode but it was a very deep spot. It held well though but I still got up a few times during the night.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie July 13, 2016 5:31 pm Reply
  • The THA’s plan includes far more than the restoration of the old pier and buildings, a water-taxi between the pontoons and restoration of the watermill, with which I totally agree. They are also looking at orienteering and cycling routes, Go-Ape type facility and a number of other things that’ll be franchised out. I’m sure it’ll be great for tourism, but,just as I remember what happened in the Cairngorms, for those who enjoy a quiet wander and peace and quiet, it’ll become a no go area if the bulk of their plans go ahead. Not worth raising concerns; they’ll be ridden roughshod over!

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    Jade July 14, 2016 2:17 am Reply

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