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UK - Coastal Heritage Groups Sail Away With Grants

The north of Scotland’s strong coastal heritage has been recognised with £200,000 funding from Historic Environment Scotland.

In Shetland, the Swan Trust sailed away with £5,000 to support the sail replacement of a historic Fifie fishing boat built in 1900, now used in educational events and sail journeys for youth and volunteer groups.

Trust chairman David Goodlad said the support “will enable us to continue to provide life changing sail training experiences for many years to come”, adding: “Fishing is, and has always been, an important part of Scotland’s heritage and economy.

“Swan has a significant role in keeping this heritage alive, and we are proud to be able to offer the public the chance to experience sailing one of the last Scottish Fifies.”

Cromarty Harbour Trust was awarded £20,000 to improve the safety of the access to the Smeaton Mole, the historic outer pier of its A-listed harbour.

Trust chairman Colin Dickie said: “The project complements work already done on the structure of the linked Smeaton Mole and World War 1 Inner Admiralty Pier which has been brought back into operation and is starting to attract commercial activity.”

Climavore was granted £13,816 for the ‘Collective Coast’, a project focusing on the waters on Skye to capture oral histories. Recordings, a short film, an exhibition, a series of radio shows and a cookbook will be developed.

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