The Isle of Tanera Mor had a population of around 120 people at the start of the 20th Century. This figure fell steadily through the first decades of the 20th Century, until the early 1930s when the last inhabitants left the island. Today just nine of the buildings used then are habitable (after upgrades and refurbishments over the past 50 years) with the others in various states of ruin and abandonment across the island. One or two of these ruins are in relatively good condition and restoration work in the near future could consolidate these structures providing a new lease of life, and an opportunity to demonstrate traditional building techniques and materials.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Restore one of the island’s former dwellings as an example of traditional local accommodation from around 100 years ago.
  • Use locally sourced materials where possible and traditional building techniques to provide bunk-house style accommodation suitable for overnight stays by groups of up to twelve people.
  • Provide opportunities for people to develop skills in traditional building techniques, as well as a variety of volunteering opportunities.

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