Isle of Muck
A MAJOR £100,000 project has transformed the jetty area at the Isle of Muck.
Marine Harvest has laid 1,600 square metres of concrete to tidy up the surface around the jetty and improve the experience for visitors arriving on the island, as well as for the local community.
At two miles long by one mile wide, Muck is the smallest of the Small Isles. Passengers visiting the island take a one hour, 40 minutes ferry journey from Mallaig to land at the island’s only jetty.
But the existing jetty is fairly restricted in size and surrounded by farmland which gets very boggy underfoot when there are a lot of passengers disembarking, so the improvements will make arriving on the island a lot less hazardous.
But it has not been a straightforward job, as Marine Harvest Scotland’s construction manager Stephen McCaig explained.
He said: ‘It involved moving 650 tonnes of material and we couldn’t rely on bringing concrete from the mainland because of potential weather conditions. We did all the concrete batching on-site with the materials all brought across in one-tonne bags, so it’s been a fairly difficult and lengthy operation.
‘ We’re pleased to have been able to make these improvements which have been welcomed by the local community. It’s always good to be able to give something back to the communities who host our operations and it will make it easier for us to transport materials back and forth in the future.’