BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

16 October 2014

Arnish Lighthouse


BBC Homepage
Scotland
»Island Blogging
Western Isles

Baleshare
Barra
Benbecula
Bernera
Berneray
Canna
Eigg
Eriskay
Grimsay
Harris
Lewis
Muck
North Uist
Raasay
Rum
Scalpay
Skye
Soay
South Uist
Vatersay

Argyll & Clyde Islands
Northern Isles

Contribute
House Rules

From the BBC
I.B.H.Q.
 

Contact Us

Erisort Bridge

Learned today that an engineering study has been commissioned for a crossing of Loch Erisort in the Lochs area of Lewis, some 12 miles south of Stornoway. Loch Erisort is home to a number of fish farms. In order to facilitate the passage of salmon and boats, a causeway with bridge is being considered.

The crossing would cut 10 miles off the journey from Stornoway to South Lochs. Two locations are being considered, both starting from the village of Laxay. One would go from the Bhaltos area, to the east of Laxay to Habost in South Lochs. The length of this crossing is 800 metres / ½ mile; the second location would cross from Ravenspoint in Kershader to the Keose side of Laxay, which is 500 metres / ¼ mile. If the Eishken windfarm is granted planning permission by the Scottish Executive, rock, quarried from Eishken would be used in the construction of the crossing.

The engineering study is being paid for by the Eishken Estate. Below map shows the locations for the proposed crossing.

I am glad that this transport link is now moving a step closer to becoming reality. I have previously made my opposition to the windfarms in Lewis clear, and am feeling quite ambiguous about the windfarm in Eishken providing the necessary for this crossing. However, the decision is not yet final.


Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 17:27

Comments

AL are you sure the study was for a bridge and not just the SSE sub sea cable snaking its way north from the hanger to be built in Gravir. I'm also surpirsed that Eishken will have spare rock when you look at the number of borrow pits to be opened to facilitate the installation of the turbines. They might be able to make a peat causeway though. A fine answer to the problem of what do we do with all this stuff then? ach just through it in the sea over at Kershader.....

Mark from Gravir


Mark, It may well be that the crossing is a double for the high-voltage cable. Thanks very much for blowing up that idea of "spare rock". Thought it was too good to be true :-D)

Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway




This blog is now closed and we are no longer accepting new posts.



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy