MAJOR improvement works have commenced at a community-owned lighthouse in the Highlands.
The project at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Complex will see improvements to the heritage foghorn and viewing platform; the resurfacing of parking areas; better provisions for EV drivers and cyclists; more accessible footpaths and a new scenic seating area designed by landscape architect, David Graham of Craignish Design Ltd.
The Highland Council said that the works are intended to make the site’s infrastructure more resilient and accessible. An overhaul of the signage and interpretation offer is scheduled to follow later this summer, in conjunction with Archaeology Scotland’s community-led ‘Ardnamurchan: The Real Wild West’ Adopt-a-Monument initiative.
Project manager, Stephanie Cope, commented, “After a tricky first year under community ownership, I’m unbelievably excited to watch plans for outdoor areas of this site unfold. The lighthouse complex is rightly beloved by local people, and our proposals were mandated by them. We have a lot of work still to do – but I can’t wait to see this site looking its best, delivering maximum benefit to our remote rural community and welcoming guests of all abilities for a terrific west-coast experience.”
Funding to deliver these essential improvements was secured from Archaeology Scotland, the Highland Coastal Communities Fund, the Highland Council, the Scottish Land Fund and VisitScotland’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.