Fully accessible boat launched on loch

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Everyone encouraged to enjoy the lochs around the Assynt estate 

26th June 2018 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

A conservation group has launched a new boat to make Scotland’s lochs accessible to all.   

The Assynt Crofters’ Trust owns the North Assynt Estate in the highlands comprising 21,300 acres with over 200 lochs.

As part of a week-long celebration the Trust will launch its new Coulam 16 Wheelyboat on Loch Drumbeg.

As a joint project with The Wheelyboat Trust, the fishing boat will be launched on 30 June and is ingeniously modified for wheelchair access on larger waters. 

Assynt Crofters’ Trust manages many of the lochs for trout and salmon fishing and fishermen return year after year, as the fish are wild and in great condition. 

As well as the fishing, there is the unrivalled opportunity to spot wildlife such as red deer, pine martens, golden eagles and red and black-throated divers. 

Andy Beadsley, director of The Wheelyboat Trust, said: “There is so much more to fishing than just catching fish – being able to take part easily, safely and often independently are important factors that benefits Wheelyboat users’ mental and physical health and well-being.”

Ray Mackay, vice chair of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust added: “We have managed to keep the entire estate together over 25 years and enabled the ordinary people who live and work on the land some control over their own economic future.

“The lochs on the estate are absolutely stunning and the addition of our new Wheelyboat gives everyone the ability to enjoy and utilise this amazing environment.”