Highlands & Islands

Skye's Glendale Trust to buy Borrodale School

Borrodale School Image copyright Richard dorrell/geograph
Image caption Borrodale School was formally closed in 2010

A community group on Skye has secured a grant to help it buy a closed-down school in Glendale on the island.

The Glendale Trust plans to convert Borrodale School into a 16-bed bunkhouse and construct a community hub and children's play area.

A restaurant, exhibition space and a community laundrette will be among the features of new building.

Borrodale School was formally closed by Highland Council in 2010 after being mothballed for a number of years.

The Glendale Trust will use a £190,000 grant from the Scottish Land Fund to buy and develop the site.

The fund helps communities to buy properties and land.

It is backed by £9m from the Scottish government and is administered by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Environment and Climate Change Minster Paul Wheelhouse said: "I am delighted this grant will provide a range of new facilities for the people of Glendale.

"This is a project that encompasses affordable housing, tourist accommodation, a community hub and a children's play area which demonstrates the foresight and determination that communities are showing to take control of their own futures."

Scottish Land Fund committee chairman John Watt said the project would create new jobs and volunteering opportunities.

Elgar Finlay, local development officer at the Glendale Trust, said the grant would help the organisation to safeguard an important community asset.

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