Shorefront Project

Revised concept layout – 28th August 2020

Shorefront Update 28 Aug 2020

Having collated the feedback from the recent community consultation we have re-briefed our designer. We now have a revised shorefront proposal – please see the document Concepts Layout Option 4”. We have also put together some visual ideas for seating, interpretation boards etc and these can be viewed in the other attachment “Arisaig Shorefront ConceptsV.1”.  We would be grateful if you could take into account and comment on the following:

  • This is not yet the final proposed design.
  • The question whether or not to retain the three large bins has been passed to the Community Council for resolution.  Please let them know your views!
  • IF the bins are to be retained then a better site than the one shown on the design appears to be close to where they are now and where the bike stand is shown on the new design.  This would allow better access.  The intention is to house them in a simple Scottish larch clad structure with a green roof.  The design will be done in consultation with those who empty the bins.
  • The bike stand could go where the bin store is shown, i.e. opposite the bottle bank.  The bike stand will be similar to the existing one which may be retained.  It would be possible to have two or three small stands in convenient places around the site e.g. close to the circular seating area and one of the picnic tables.
  • The proposed new parallel parking bay opposite the bottle bank would have a proper kerb to stop people driving onto the verge and planters or raised beds to form an additional barrier – I recognise this parking is contentious and am seeking a majority view.  If this bay is not provided and cars are prevented from parking on the verge as they do now it may be necessary to put no parking signs on one side of the road.
  • Signs will inform motorists that there is no overnight parking and also that a voluntary donation for car parking would be appreciated.  Parking will be limited to 1 hour.
  • Signs will direct people to the LSIC car park and IF allowed by the NHS, the Health Centre car park too.
  • There will be signs to inform visitors of the location of Tourist Information (the LSIC), the public toilets, the shop & PO, the Arisaig Hotel, Old Library and Arisaig Marine.  These will possibly be mounted on the existing lamp posts.  
  • The proposed path from the car park to the LSIC has been dropped for the time being.

Shorefront Update 13th August

Arisaig Community Trust (ACT) would like to thank all the residents who took the time and trouble to respond to our survey on the shorefront project.  These responses varied from simple, short answers to the survey questions to comprehensive reviews of the proposals and in one case a marked up plan!  In all we had 34 returns.  Of these 20 were clearly in favour of the project and 8 were clearly against it.  The others were either mostly somewhere in between and with suggestions for alterations to the proposed designs.  As you will imagine some of the views are diametrically opposed, ranging from a simple “No I don’t support the project” to a simple “Yes, Option 3”.  Clearly it won’t be possible to satisfy everyone entirely!

The project manager, Steve Westwood, is now working on revisions to the designs and will be continuing discussions with residents as these changes progress.  Please do not hesitate to contact him via our email address ( if you have any further suggestions or would like to arrange a meeting with him.  Ideally we would have public meetings in the Astley Hall but this simply isn’t possible at the moment. The feedback we have received so far will be discussed with our designer with a view to having a “final” design ready for the end of August, at the latest, for further community consultation.

The bulk of the project funding is to come from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).  To date we have submitted an Expression of Interest (last autumn) and now have to submit a draft grant application by 25th September and the final one by 14th October.  We also have to have submitted a planning application by then. Given the planning and grant application processes it is unlikely we will be in a position to start work before the Spring of next year.  With visitors starting to arrive, Spring is a poor time to start digging up the car park!  In addition, the uncertainty resulting from the pandemic makes it unlikely we will be able to start site work until Autumn 2021.

Concept proposals

Click on the links below to view the revised concepts in PDF

Select each button below to view or download a copy of the 3 proposals which formed the basis of our community consultation in early August 2020

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Arisaig Community Trust
Land, Sea & Islands Centre
Arisaig, Inverness-shire PH39 4NU


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