EFFORTS to reinvent of Mallaig as a major west coast yachting destination appear to be paying off as sailors flock to its new marina.
Mallaig Harbour Authority (MHA) officially opened its 48 serviced pontoons and 12 moorings just 12 weeks ago in a blaze of publicity.
Now hopes that a different kind of seafarer could bring better fortunes to the once bustling fishing port appear to be justified.
Just 20 years ago Mallaig had around 100 fishing vessels,but that figure dwindled to around 25 in 2011.
Ironically,fishing effort has increased this year with east coast prawn boats in particular boosting numbers to about 50.
For more on this story see The Oban Times July 19,2012 or at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital from the same date.