Crucial funding for coastal path to Iolaire monument

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Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path (PSCCP) are a step closer to realising their vision for a 40km circular coastal route from Stornoway, through Sandwick and around the Point Peninsula.

The charitable group has successfully applied for a grant of £104,000 from the Scottish Government’s Healthy Island Fund and is set to channel the funding into development of the long hoped for coastal path linking Stornoway with the Iolaire monument at Holm Point.

The 1km addition will create a new section of path from Lower Sandwick, following the shoreline before turning up to the top of Cnoc nan Poll Urra and on to the Iolaire Memorial site.

The new path will link existing routes from Stornoway via Newton and Sandwick Bay to the Memorial, an important local site dedicated to remembering the 201 returning servicemen lost at sea on New Years Eve 1919, and those who survived. Just twenty yards from the shore and less than a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour the HMY Iolaire was lost as she hit the infamous rocks, The Beasts of Holm, a disaster of unimaginable loss and tragedy for the Hebridean community.

Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path chairman Don Maclean said: ‘We are so pleased to look ahead into 2022 with plans in place to develop a section of the route long hoped for by many in our community.’

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Caption: Left to right: Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) community consultant Alasdair Nicholson, PST honorary president Angus McCormack, secretary to the Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path Nicola MacSween, and Tony Robson PST community consultant. Photo: Sandie Maciver of SandiePhotos