Mallaig's new yachting facility, which can provide berths for up to 48 yachts, was part funded under the Sail West project and co-financed by Mallaig Harbour Authority, HIE and The Highland Council.
Sail West is a maritime tourism initiative led by Donegal County Council and funded under EU's INTERREG IVA Programme for Northern Ireland, border region of Ireland and Western Scotland managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body.
The opening of the Mallaig Yachting Facility is a welcome addition to Mallaig's continued development. It will provide a key facility for sailing and marine tourism on the west coast of Scotland and provide a welcome boost to the area.
The development will complement as well as augment existing yachting facilities here on the west coast of Scotland and that its position will enhance the opportunity for the yachting fraternity to explore and enjoy the magnificent sailing experience available here on this quite stunning coastline."
The Mallaig Yachting Development consisted of three key elements, dredging, shoreworks and pontoons.
The dredging of the inner harbour was carried out by Coastworks, Fairlie, Ayrshire, at the turn of the year with the dredging depth of 2-4 metres being attained relatively easily.
Irish contractors McLaughlin & Harvey undertook shoreworks, completing the land reclamation element of the work in early August.
In tandem with the shoreworks construction, Varis Engineering Ltd from Forres completed the development by anchoring the forty eight berth pontoons and jetties in-situ and placing the walkways and access bridge onto the shorebase.
Frank McGrogan, Project Manager for Sail West welcomed the opening of the new facility and suggested that the timing was excellent in that the project partners behind Sail West had just launched 'MalinWaters' - the new consumer facing brand name. It is targeted to make the Malin sea area a top class destination for sailing enthusiasts over the coming years. The new Mallaig marina will undoubtedly act as a quality facility in completing the necessary sailing infrastructure in the West of Scotland.
This development will have a positive economic impact in the area.