In October 2019, with a grant of £450,487 secured from the Scottish Land Fund, SWMID purchased a 2 acre shoreside site at Bendoran for the long-term benefit of local people.
This is a long-term project and the plan is to gradually create a multi-use resource on the site, featuring:
- Processing facilities for a community-owned seaweed farm
- A water-sports centre, run separately by a soon-to-be-formed local social enterprise
- Moorings for local and visiting boats
- Boat maintenance area (in the future)
Until the 1980s, Bendoran was a boat yard and was known as one of the most sheltered anchorages on the West Coast. The bay is ideal for mooring boats during the wild winter months, its shallow sandy beach is perfect for teaching kayaking and sailing, and the pier and slipway will enable us to land seaweed harvested from lines in nearby waters.