Council Visitor Moorings Support Marine Tourism
Posted on 22 Jul 2020
North Ayrshire Council is pleased to announce they can re-lay visitor moorings around the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae to provide a welcome boast to the boating community and marine tourism.
The 54 visitor moorings are extremely popular and well used from Easter to the end of October, however due to Covid19 the Council could not lay the moorings as usual.
Working with our local tourism and island groups and the marinas at Largs and Ardrossan the Council can now go ahead to provide moorings for the remainder of the sailing-season.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome back visitors and boaters to North Ayrshire. The Council is fully committed to supporting marine tourism on the Clyde by safely encouraging visitors and boats back to North Ayrshire.
“Providing moorings for the rest of the sailing season will benefit our businesses and communities who rely on tourism to welcome back visiting boats and encourage spending in the local economy.
He added: “I would encourage visitors to check ahead, prepare for what to do on arrival and to think about how best they can support local businesses and produce.”
The Council is backing the #RespectTheDestination campaign launched by our partners Sail Scotland, RYA Scotland, British Marine Tourism and Wild Scotland.
The campaign reminds leisure and commercial boaters to plan ahead and consider the changes to marine tourism, levels of service and local access controls that may be in place at popular sailing and boating destinations.
The visitor moorings are installed by North West Marine a specialist company who is working with the Council to install the moorings safely, quickly and efficiently at short notice. With good weather and sailing conditions North West Marine estimate the moorings will be open for use by Thursday 16th July 2020.