FISHING RETURNS TO ASSYNT
As of the 20th July, fishing will return to the North Assynt lochs. The Trust office in Stoer will be open every weekday from 9 until 3 for the sale of permits and boat hire. We will be making changes to the office to ensure the safety of guests and our staff. Hand sanitiser will be at the door as you enter, and social distancing will be maintained. Boat necessities such as rowlocks and lifejackets will be sanitised between guests.
We welcome the return of our many regular visitors, and new ones too, and look forward to seeing you soon. Meantime, stay safe!
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Assynt Crofters’ Trust News 16 June 2020
Culkein Stoer Jetty
Assynt Crofters’ Trust purchased the old jetty at Culkein Stoer from the Highland Council, as it had fallen into disrepair. The Trust were able to secure funding aid from EMFF, Viridor and CALL to pay for its’ restoration, and the old jetty has now been rebuilt. Once the lockdown is ended, we will have a little “opening ceremony” to celebrate. The old jetty ruin was useless and dangerous, not to mention an eyesore, and now the bay will be able to be used again for small boats, fishing and kayaking.
Glebe land at Stoer
Maurice Tomkinson is building a garden and allotment at the old Glebe land in Stoer. The Glebe had fallen into poor condition, but drainage has been improved and there is now a roadway which will make it easier for less mobile people to use it. A pond has been dug to attract wildlife, and already frogs and newts can be seen.
Trees have also been planted to commemorate the lives of individuals who have either directly or indirectly helped Maurice with the work or have a connection with the former Stoer Free Church. Recently an uncle of Maurice’s working partner Ann died of Covid-19, and it was very difficult for the family to make decent funeral arrangements. The trees will be planted in individual protective guards, and Maurice is offering to do this for anyone who wants it, so if it would help anyone from the area please feel free to tell them about it. Anyone is welcome to visit to view the trees. If you can’t get to the area but would like a tree planted for you, please get in touch with Maurice.
Fishing during lockdown
Any local people wishing to fish the Trust lochs during lockdown are welcome to do so free of charge
If You Have Covid-19 Symptoms - Do not leave home if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 and follow Government advice on self-isolation.
Practice Good Hygiene - Use hand sanitiser before and after touching locks, gates etc. Disposable gloves and use of face masks where appropriate are recommended.
Assynt Crofters’ Trust (ACT) are currently selling permits to people who can access our lochs while still complying with the current Government guidance in Scotland. We will not issue permits to anyone who cannot comply with Government guidance on travel in order to fish our lochs. If you are unsure, please check with ACT prior to travelling to any lochs or to buy permits.
Permits are available from Mackay’s Hardware in Lochinver.
GETTING TO YOUR LOCH
You should only travel to fishing venues on your own or with members of your household – comply with all current guidelines on social distancing whilst travelling/walking.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other people (unless members of your household) in line with Government guidance.
WHO CAN I FISH WITH?
You can only fish with members of your household, or people from one other household but social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Do not share any fishing tackle or other items. Many tackle shops are currently closed and cannot open under current guidance. Stores which remain open for other reasons which also sell fishing tackle (hardware stores etc.) can still sell tackle.
Boats are not available to hire at this time
Check back here regularly to find out what's going on at Assynt Crofters' Trust.
Dates for 2019 meetings here
Fundraising for New Boat with All-abilities Access
North Assynt is a fisherman's paradise, but many visitors who are elderly or less able find accessing the lochs using regular boats very difficult.
We are trying to raise money so that they too can enjoy our wonderful scenery and some of the best fishing anywhere.
We have already raised £7367 towards the total cost, and need to find the balance of £3,552. Please help us to make this happen!
Link to the Justgiving page :
We welcome any kind of support. If you would like to help, please contact us!
Assynt Crofters' Trust
North Assynt Estate
Tel: 01571 855298
Or use our contact form.