Hebridean island to get £1.7m ferry port upgrade

Gylen Castle on the tiny Hebridean island of Kerrera. Picture: Wiki Commons
Gylen Castle on the tiny Hebridean island of Kerrera. Picture: Wiki Commons
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THE Hebridean island of Kerrera is set to benefit from a £1.7million upgrade to its ferry berthing facilities.

Derek Mackay, the minister for transport and islands, has revealed a new breakwater and the extension of the slipway will commence.

The project also includes an extension to the Gallanach slipway at the mainland end of the crossing.

Mr Mackay said: “I’m delighted to announce this improvement programme for Kerrera, which will bring real benefits to the community that depend on the ferry service.

“By building a new breakwater and extending the slipways, we will improve ferry resilience and lessen the impact of poor weather conditions.

“It will also mean that current tidal restrictions on vehicle-carrying services will be lifted, allowing a better flow of vessels between the two ends of the route.

“This investment is further proof of the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the best possible ferry services for the communities that rely on them and ensuring that our islands remain an attractive and accessible destination for visitors.”

The works will be delivered by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and will start next year.