Inverasdale Slipway and Jetty

New Inverasdale Slipway

The original, 150 year old, stone jetty at Inverasdale had being showing signs of its age for some time, before local people decided to do something about it. A small track from the road was the only means of accessing the jetty and parking facilities were non-existent. Local people and visitors were very frustrated at being surrounded by such a beautiful Loch but unable to access it easily.

After much discussion and with great enthusiasm LEAF/GALE set about compiling a plan for building a new slipway in deeper waters, that would be wide enough to carry a car and trailer and enable the launch of small craft. A car park and access road were also desirable and it was felt that the original jetty should also be incorporated into the plans due to its historic interest.

A major issue during the project was the problem of who would take responsibility for owning the new improved facility. The old jetty was owned and therefore maintained by Highland Council and the local community felt they would like the Highland Council to take responsibility for the new facility. This added additional costs to the project, as the Highland Council required a much higher standard of road than local people felt they needed. After much discussion and debate it was agreed that these additional costs would be worth it and funding applications were submitted to a wide range of grant making bodies.

A total of £177,425 was raised for the project from the National Lottery Charities Board (£137,425), the PESCA Programme(£20,000), Highland Council (£10,000) and Ross and Cromarty Enterprise (£10,000).

The whole process from start to finish was by no means smooth and without its hitches, taking well over three years to complete. However, we are delighted to see a lovely new facility now in place and being well used by local businesses and recreational boats, visitors to the area and the Ministry of Defence

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