Tobermory Harbour Association looks to buy land, pier and buildings at Aros Park

Tobermory Harbour Association (THA) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 1.19 hectares of land at Aros Pier/waterfront.

The area applied for includes the derelict pier, slipway and two ruined buildings, formerly a boathouse and sawmill.

Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS lets communities bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that this would provide increased public benefits.

Renowned for its scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna as well as its peaceful setting, Aros Park has long been the main public outdoor recreation space for the people of Tobermory, and the wider island.

The THA intends to maintain Aros Park’s unique attractions but to also sensitively restore the dilapidated pier and adjacent buildings, developing this corner of the park for the benefit of all existing visitors and attracting new visitors to the island.

A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.

Details of the application can be viewed on line at and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by 10th August, 2016.

Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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