The future of an iconic landmark on one of the world’s most breathtaking coastlines has today been assured thanks to one of the first grants from the Scottish Land Fund. The 167 year-old Covesea Lighthouse on the Moray Firth will now be brought into community use and developed as a tourist hub.
It is one of four projects celebrating today – the others are in Cowal, Wester Ross and the Borders. Today’s awards of over £3/4 million means these four communities can now purchase land and assets ensuring they are able to shape their own brighter future.
Launched last year, the £6 million Scottish Land Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Covesea Lighthouse Community Company achieve their dream of community ownership for Covesea Lighthouse, its two keepers’ cottages and surrounding land. A grant of £301,500 means they can develop a tourism hub to promote local heritage, the area’s unique wildlife and environment, and its links to the nearby airbase. Its commanding position will help attract a greater number of visitors to an area which is largely dependent on tourism.
Bernard Annikin is their managing director and believes that without the funding there was a very good chance the lighthouse would have fallen into private ownership, losing a vital community asset: “When the light was switched out at Covesea a year ago we realised that here was an amazing opportunity to use this building for the benefit of all who live locally.”
“We will now be able to use this site to provide a wide range of recreational activities from photography, painting, plane spotting and dolphin watching. Educational events and activities will be developed so people will have the chance to learn about local maritime history and the stunning natural environment that surrounds them.”
For more information and details on the other three projects please see attached…