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A visitor centre to tell the story of the Iolaire disaster is being planned.
Stewart Graham of the Gael Force Group revealed the proposals during a meeting with
the official Iolaire Working Group in Stornoway.
The aim is to establish a visitor attraction which will form part of the legacy of
the Iolaire centenary commemorations.
► Preparations to commemorate 100 years since Iolaire disaster
Over 200 naval men who were returning home at the end of WW1 drowned when the Admiralty
yacht Iolaire sank on the Beasts of Holm in the early hours of New Year's Day 1919.
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 centre, which is currently at a very early planning stage, would be
based in Stornoway.
The building will include an exhibition area, a high-end destination restaurant and
all in all, will provide a high quality visitor experience.
It is anticipated that a project plan will be completed by December 2018 with a view
to works beginning in 2020.
The Iolaire Working Group is planning commemorative events in the run up the 100th
anniversary of the worst Royal Navy peacetime maritime disaster in less than a year’s
Proposal for Iolaire visitor centre
31 January 2018