Renovation of historic Shulishader steps completed

Work on the Shulishader Steps is finished.

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A project to restore a historic access route to a ‘secret’ cove on the Isle of Lewis has been completed.

This will allow islanders safe access to an area which was once used as a landing site for fishing boats but has become increasingly popular with sea swimmers.

Work on the Shulishader Steps, which began early last year and was put on hold for several months due to lockdown, was finished last month.

The steep flight of steps down to the geodha – Gaelic for cove – has been cleaned and repaired, with a few additional steps added to the original 88 and an attractive metal handrail installed – all for safety purposes.

A path of around 300 metres has been created, from the township to the top of the steps, and a concrete ‘landing site’ has been built at the bottom of the steps. A couple of benches of recycled plastic have also been installed after funding was secured to buy benches for along the whole of the Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path, as it is completed.

Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path group was also pleased with the completion, as was Point and Sandwick Trust, which is part funding the path as one of its ‘legacy projects’.

Matt Bruce, chairman of the coastal path group, said they were ‘pleased to be able to complete another section of work at the Shulishader Steps’.

‘The steps down had become worn and battered but now a handrail has been installed, steps repaired, better drainage and even a bench on the beach,’ he added.

‘It is already being used by bathers and the word is out it is a good place to visit.’

The work at Shulishader is part of the overall vision for a Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path and community wind farm Point and Sandwick Trust has been one of the key funders.