Wanted: New residents to run restaurant on tiny Scottish island

It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to live the Scottish island dream.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:51 pm
The Boathouse on Ulva is looking for new people to take it over. PIC: geograph.org/Graham Hogg.
The Boathouse on Ulva is looking for new people to take it over. PIC: geograph.org/Graham Hogg.

The island of Ulva is looking for new residents to take over the running of The Boathouse cafe/restaurant.

The Boathouse is housed in a pretty whitewashed building where fresh local produce, including seafood, has been the order of the day for many years.

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Ulva has just six residents but attracts around 7,000 visitors a year, many who stop at The Boathouse for a bite – or a cup of tea and some home baking – with a view. The restaurant sits next to the shore, just by the ferry slipway.

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Ulva has been in community ownership since 2018 with the island now run by the North West Mull Community Woodland Company, which said taking over The Boathouse was a ‘fantastic opportunity” to develop a business, support tourism and be part of the island community.The community company said it wanted to offer a private lease for The Boathouse to support the growth of a small business and see the population of the island grow.

Colin Morrison, Chair of NWMCWC said: ‘This is an opportunity for someone to manage and develop a hospitality business on the island. It will hopefully appeal to someone interested in developing a profitable and successful business in a remote and unique setting. We are really keen to support small businesses to grow and develop on Ulva and this is a great opportunity to do that.”

North West Mull Community Woodland Company bought the island after its last owner, Jamie Howard, put the estate, which as been in his family for 70 years, on the market.

The community company, which owns part of Mull, received £4.4m from Scottish Land Fund, financed by the Scottish Government, to make the purchase.

After plans for the community buyout emerged, more than 500 people from around the world contributed to the Ulva Buyout JustGiving crowdfunding site.

The sale was completed under The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 , which gives communities the right to buy land and assets under certain conditions.

To express an Interest in the Boathouse, please go to the Boathouse page on www.ulva.scot website where you can read more information and download an Expression of Interest form. Alternatively email [email protected]

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