Plans to build an Iolaire visitor centre will be revealed at an consultation event
in Stornoway Town Hall on 27 February.
The facility aims to commemorated the tragic sinking of the HMY Iolaire in 1919 at
the entrance of Stornoway harbour with the loss of 201 lives.
Only 79 people made it ashore alive in what is Britain's worst peacetime maritime
The vast majority of the dead came from Lewis. Seven belonged to Harris while 31
were crew members from different parts of the UK.
The proposed building would include an exhibition area and a high-end destination
It is anticipated that a project plan will be completed by December 2018 with a view
to works beginning in 2020.
Businessman Stewart Graham is leading on proposals to building an ambitious visitor
centre on Stornoway’s Number One pier.
The events give islanders the chance to provide feedback on the idea.
There will also be an event for local businesses the same evening.
Representatives of the Iolaire Working Group - which os planning commemorative events
fr the centenary of the tragedy - will be present at the events to provide information.
Stewart Graham said: “I hope local people and the business community will take the
opportunity to come along and find out more about this important project which, 100
years after this most terrible tragedy, will provide a lasting legacy to the memory
of the men who lost their lives.
“Not only would this be a lasting testament, the centre will provide a major, transformational,
economic boost for the islands.”