A project covering  pier infrastructure upgrade works at Port Ellen, Port Askaig, Colonsay and Kennacraig to accommodate new vessels.

Community events to share upgrade proposals

28 July 2022

We are hosting a series of community events to share proposals for port enabling works at Colonsay, Kennacraig, Port Askaig and Port Ellen ferry terminals.

At the events, our engineers will be joined by representatives from Mott MacDonald, CalMac and Transport Scotland, and we will share details of the proposed plans for each ferry terminal, along with high level timescales, potential disruption caused by the works, and high level plans for continuing ferry services during construction.

The events will take place:

  • Jura Village Hall
    Wednesday 10 August, 12.00-3.45pm
  • Islay Gaelic Centre / Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle
    Monday 15 August, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Tarbert Village Hall
    Tuesday 16 August, 4.00-7.00pm
  • Colonsay Village Hall
    Wednesday 17 August, 4.00-7.00pm

For anyone who is unable to attend, proposals and presentations will be published on this page to coincide with the events.


Design contract awarded

1 December 2021

We have awarded a contract to engineering firm Mott MacDonald to support the detailed design of pier infrastructure upgrade works.

The £1.5 million contract, which has been awarded following a public sector procurement process, covers design consultancy services for vessel enabling works at Port Ellen and Port Askaig in Islay, Kennacraig and Colonsay.

Working closely with our harbours engineers and project managers, Mott MacDonald will secure and manage the required planning consents and licences, support stakeholder and community engagement, conduct and commission site surveys and investigations, create detailed design of works required at all four sites, and help prepare tender documents to appoint construction contractors.

The design and planning stage is expected to last around a year, with construction estimated to begin in 2023.