Commercial salmon fishing was carried in Coigach for over 250 years, up to 1995. During its commercial heyday the fishery encompassed a number of buildings at the Badentarbet Fishing Station, and among the remaining buildings is the 180-year-old former Ice House building (last used as a net shed) which faced further deterioration and permanent disuse.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Retain the authenticity and charm of the formerly busy Badentarbet fishery by preserving features that will allow the area to continue be one of Coigach’s main attractions.
  • Restore and convert the building to a viable space for uses such as: offices, holiday accommodation,  events, heritage centre, art gallery, artist’s studio & workspace, or seafood restaurant / café.
  • Restore the previously managed ice pond and develop suitable interpretation to be installed on the site.

The project is progressing well. Work started in August 2020 and is due to be completed soon. The work is being carried out by Ullapool Construction Ltd. This is a first major overhaul of the iconic building in 100 years and it will create a modern unit potentially suitable for many different uses, for example accommodation, gallery or office. Moreover, the development will help to preserve the popular site of the former salmon fishing station for many decades to come.

 

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