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Scotland's remotest pub gets set for community ownership

 

Community secures £500,000 from Scottish Land Fund

Scotland’s most remote pub is set to be bought over by its community.

The Old Forge in Inverie is on the Knoydart Peninsula in Lochaber and can only be reached by either walking 18 miles or making a seven-mile sea crossing.

It went up for sale earlier this year for offers over £425,000, and the community has now won £508,000 from the Scottish Land Fund.

Owner Jean-Pierre Robinet revealed in January he was selling up after running the business for 10 years.

The small community of just over 100 people held a consultation on a community buyout.

Seventy took part, with almost all backing the idea, and The Old Forge Community Society was set up.

The win is part of more than £1.1m of funding for eight groups, aimed at putting local assets in the hands of local communities.

Funding was announced by the Scottish government's land reform minister, Mairi McAllan, during Community Land Week.

She said: "All across Scotland, communities are taking ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them with the support of the Scottish Land Fund.

"I know how hard people will have worked to develop their projects and to achieve this success, and I look forward to seeing the benefits for their communities."

 

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