Isle of Muck

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.’

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