Tanera for sale: what do you think?

Richard on boat

The current owners of Tanera Mor have decided to sell the island and have offered Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) the opportunity to buy the island on behalf of the community of Coigach. The owners’ agents CKD Galbraith,  have assessed the value as being approximately £2.6m.

A consultant, Munro Gauld, has been appointed to carry out a quick options appraisal in order that the community can make an informed decision to either pursue the matter and seek funding or if declining, enable the current owners to put the island on the open market in Spring 2013.

As part of this process we would like to find out your views as a local resident and would be grateful if you would complete a questionnaire – available here:   Tanera Mor Community Survey Questionnaire 18.1.13 then return it to either Achiltibuie Stores, Polbain Stores, or directly to the consultant Munro Gauld, West Tofts Cottage, Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4PG munro.gauld@tiscali.co.uk  All responses will be treated as confidential.

The results of the Options Appraisal and Community Views Survey and will be presented at a Public Meeting on Thursday 7th February at 7.30pm in Coigach Village Hall.

For more information contact:

Munro Gauld: tel: 01738 829262 email: munro.gauld@tiscali.co.uk

Julia Campbell, CCDC, Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie, 07745 205 433 / 01854 622 379. email: coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk

As part of his study, Munro visited Tanera on Thursday 18th Jan, where Richard Williams (representing the current owners) showed him round some of the houses, the cafe and took a spin round the bay to get an idea of what was on offer.   All aboard the Patricia, with Richard at the helm were Munro, Lesley Muir (local resident and member of CCDC) and Julia Campbell Local Development Officer: all enjoying the glorious sunshine and the fair shipping conditions!

All aboard! The commute from Badentarbet Pier.
All aboard! The commute from Badentarbet Pier.
Munro and Richard outside the post office: home of the famous Summer Isles stamps.
Munro and Richard outside the post office: home of the famous Summer Isles stamps.
The Cafe, bay and Coigach hills from the old school on Tanera
The Cafe, bay and Coigach hills from the old school on Tanera
Richard Williams, Lesley Muir & Munro Gauld in the Tanera Cafe
Richard Williams, Lesley Muir & Munro Gauld in the Tanera Cafe

Tanera Mor: Community Ownership?

Summer Isles Enterprises, who own the island of Tanera Mor, the largest and only inhabited  of the famous Summer Isles have announced their intention to offer us the opportunity of a community buy-out.  There will be a Public Meeting on Monday 1 October  at 7pm in Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie so come along and share your thoughts.  Much to discuss over the coming weeks  and we all wish the Wilders and Williams well with their future plans: since coming to Tanera they have contributed generously in time and spirit and continue to be very valued members of our community. Whatever you decide to do next, we’re sure you’ll do it well!

“After almost 16 years as a happy home and a productive enterprise for the Wilder family, the time has come for a change for Tanera Mòr. As had always been their intention, Bill and Jean passed the title of Tanera on to their three offspring – Jack, Harry and Lizzie – in 2010. Now that all three siblings have their own young families we have all been carefully considering the future, and have taken the decision to approach the community to discuss the possibility of a community buyout.

As this is a real opportunity for the local community to purchase Tanera, the family is keen to assist as much as possible in the process. To that end discussions have just been initiated with Coigach Community Development Company, and we have arranged a public meeting for Monday 1st October at 7pm in the Community Hall.

Everyone in the family is extremely attached to Tanera and we have had a fantastic few years running the island and living in Coigach, and hope very much to remain in this part of the world. This has not been an easy decision but we feel it is the right one for all the young Wilder and Williams families, and for Tanera.

We are continuing to plan for 2013 as a ‘normal’ season, with the usual array of residential courses, holiday lets and other goings on, and hope that it will all pass without too much disruption to our valued clientele. Thereafter we wait to see what the future holds.”