Doors re-open at Lochawe pub af­ter five years

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A LOCH AWE pub that has lain empty for al­most five years re- opened last Fri­day un­der a new name.

The Tight Line, which was a fo­cal point of the com­mu­nity for more than half a cen­tury, closed its doors in 2012 af­ter fall­ing into de­cline.

Now called the Ben Cru­achan Inn, it also of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion af­ter the own­ers, Can­d­leriggs De­vel­op­ment, ex­tended the build­ing and built five bed­rooms.

Tracey Pee­dle, pro­ject man­ager, said: ‘ We would drive by and see what a state it was in and think how sad it was and how great it would be to bring it back to life. It’s im­por­tant to us that this is a wel­com­ing place for lo­cals and vis­i­tors. It is ac­ces­si­ble for all abil­i­ties.’

The build­ing was ini­tially con­verted from a sta­ble block to ac­com­mo­date staff. From the late 1950s on­wards, it was filled with work­ers who were build­ing Cru­achan dam and power sta­tion.

Alan Campbell, a Lochawe res­i­dent, lived up­stairs in the Tight Line as a child in the late 1960s when his mother Mary man­aged the ad­ja­cent cafe. There was a boom in the late sev­en­ties and early eight­ies when Cru­achan was be­ing re­fur­bished. And for a long time af­ter that you couldn’t get in on a Satur­day at 5pm.

‘Bus-loads would come from Glas­gow in the morn­ing and be dropped off at dif­fer­ent points around the loch. They would then all make their way back to the Tight Line to be picked up.’

Though Mr Campbell has fond mem­o­ries of the old Tight Line, he is pos­i­tive about what the new pub can bring to the vil­lage.

‘I think its a good thing Lochawe will have a pub again,’ he added. ‘The fact the Ben Cru­achan Inn is start­ing from scratch is fan­tas­tic. It’s a chance to win peo­ple over.’

Staff of the Ben Cru­achan Inn en­joy a drink in the new bar.

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