Highlands & Islands

Canna residents consulted over unused Gaelic centre

Entrance to St Edwards Chapel
Image caption Contractor Alasdair Ross McKerlich claims the building has been vandalised

Islanders are being consulted on the future use of a church which was turned into a Gaelic study centre at a cost of £860,000 but has not been used since.

St Edwards Chapel on Canna was built in the 1890s as a place of worship for Catholic fishermen and their families.

However, it was vacated following the end of the herring fishing boom and later converted into a study centre.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) said it was consulting the 19 islanders on using it as a community facility.

Last month, Alasdair Ross McKerlich, the contractor who led the renovation work, said the chapel had fallen into a serious state of repair.

NTS said following its opening in 2001 as a study centre the building was found not to be wind and water tight.

However, it added that parts of the building could be made available for use by islanders.

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