Ahoy there! Moorings are on the horizon

Roz Jewell is working on Colonsay's moorings project.

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A mooring project with room for 10 yachts is sailing ahead on Colonsay.

Island residents hope the ten two-ton blocks at Queen’s Bay will bring a much welcome tourism boost to their shores.

Seafood Company MOWI paid half of the funding needed and carried out depth surveys for the scheme.

Colonsay Community Development Company (CDDC) is now submitting its application for a marine licence to get the full approval which could potentially see the installation work being carried out in April or May.

Funding from the Paths For All organisation has also come through for signs to lead visitors from the scenic spot at Queen’s Bay back to the main settlement of Scalasaig .

Yachts can already call in at the pier but the waters there can be choppy. The mooring would give island-hopping guests a smoother welcome.

‘The pier tends to catch south-easterlies which is why Queen’s Bay was chosen,’ said Roz Jewell, CCDC development officer.

The island is also working on a scheme that could see Colonsay’s first campsite open.

CDDC are landlords of five crofts near Port Mor and have been working with one of the crofters about the new site.

With lots of holiday houses already up for rent, the camping option would open the island up to even more people, said Roz.

‘People like to get their tents out. It would give people the option of more budget accommodation,’ she added.