Armadale scoops gold environmental award for its harbour

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Armadale harbour on Skye has scooped a coveted gold medal from environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, based on the criteria for the National Award for Environmental Excellence.

It was one of three ports in the Highland Council area, owned by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) and operated by CalMac Ferries, to win an award, which acknowledges both companies’ commitment to improving environmental quality.

The accolades recognise the achievements of both organisations across a variety of areas, including building maintenance, cleanliness, waste management and engagement with the local community.

Armadale receives its gold level award, partly thanks to its clear signage, it’s excellent cleanliness and well-maintained bin storage area. The remaining two Highland sites, Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan and Lochaline, both achieved the silver level award.

In the Western Isles, both Lochboisedale on South Uist and Castlebay on Barra also received silver awards.

In total, 26 ports were assessed across Scotland, with Armadale achieving the highest score of all.

Kevin Hobbs, Chief Executive of CMAL, which owns 26 ports and harbours across Scotland, said: ‘These are hardworking harbours which provide a lifeline service for many islanders.

‘However, they are also the first impression for many tourists visiting some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, and so maintaining the balance between function and attractiveness is a constant challenge.

‘We are pleased to be recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful for the hard work carried out by ourselves and harbour operators CalMac, and will strive to maintain these high standards in order to showcase Scotland in all its glory.’

Klare Chamberlain, Environmental Manager for CalMac, added: ‘These fantastic awards are down to the hard work of CalMac staff, who take great pride in their ports.

‘We carry out regular litter audits at all sites, which has led to the installation of upgraded recycling bins and the provision of more recycling on board ferries. CalMac operates in a beautiful part of the world and is committed to preserving the local environment for all to enjoy.’

As well as individual site awards, CMAL and CalMac achieved an overall silver level environmental award for their management of all sites across Scotland.