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Looking up Loch Aline towards Ardtornish House
Looking up Loch Aline from Miodar Bay Yachting in the Western Isles is steadily increasing, and the new style of yachtsman is calling increasingly for improved facilities. Loch Aline has long been known as one of the safest anchorages on the West Coast of Scotland and is perfectly placed as a port of call for yachts on the "West Highland Route"

A feasibility study was carried out and three options were presented to the community at a public meeting. It was decided to try to build an 80 berth marina at the head of the loch but unfortunately a further study indicated that this option would be very difficult to sustain.

The Development Company are looking at alternative sites for visiting yachts and hope to have a plan to present to the public soon. At the MCDC AGM in December 2006 a show of hands was requested in favour of the 2 remaining options for the siting of pontoons, the support was unanimous in favour of the location north of the mine pier. It was also agreed at this meeting that MCDC would also look into providing pontoons nearer to the old pier area.

At present (5.07) we are awaiting the outcome of our application to the "Environmental Justice Fund" which will encompass both the pontoons to the north of the mine and the extension to the social club to provide , showers, public toilets and a visitor centre.

Malcolm has also been working on proposals to site pontoons inside the Cal Mac Dolphin and has been offered walkway sections for free from a local fish farm company, it is felt that we can also obtain other required items locally for little cost , with the only real costs being a headwall and the required permits.


Looking up Loch Aline
 Looking towards Tarmac Silica Sand Mine in Loch Aline for further information on the marina contact Martin Sampson

22nd May 2007