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Community Bunkhouse Project Takes a Step Forward! - July 2013


Community aspirations to provide visitor accommodation have taken a step forward with the appointment of a design team for the community bunkhouse project.  The team will be BIG lottery logoled by the architect Scott Donald, of Kearney Donald Partnership in Fort William, with John Strachan of Samuel & Partners as QS, David Muir of Fairhurst Structural & Civil Engineers and Gregor Campbell of CDMM (UK) Ltd.  Scott Donald says: “we are very excited to be working on this project.  As a Lochaber firm it’s important for us to work with communities in the wider Lochaber area, and it’s great to have the opportunity to work in such a spectacular place.”

Bunk House Floor PlanThe main funder of the project is the Big Lottery Fund, with an application to Highlands & Islands Enterprise pending, and an open scoring process was followed to select the design team based on quality as well as price.  The group has been able to draw on support and advice from other island communities who have gone through a similar process on Muck, Coll and Harris.  The Trust’s Development Officer, Vikki Trelfer, says “as a group we’ve learned a lot already, and everyone we’ve spoken to has been so helpful and positive.  Maybe one day we’ll be the ones that people come to for advice!” 

Click on the image to see the plans in detail.

The bunkhouse will accommodate 20 people in a mixture of 6-bed and 4-bed dorms, with one private twin room.  The Isle of Rum Community Trust is aiming for it to be complete by April 2014.

The majority of visitor accommodation is currently provided by Scottish Natural Heritage in the hostel adjacent to Kinloch Castle; there is also one B&B, self-catering accommodation, and the community-run campsite and camping pods.



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