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Rural projects awarded funds

FOUR community projects are to benefit from the first grants made by the reconstituted Scottish Land Fund.

A smokehouse in Wester Ross, a lighthouse on the Moray Firth, a woodland in Argyll, and sporting facilities in the Borders, will receive a share of the £750,000 made available.

A grant of £160,700 should help the Wester Ross community of Achiltibuie buy the local smoke house which was sold last year.

Coigach Community Development Company wants to buy the site for £110,000. It is envisaged it will be designed to provide a flexible space accommodating food and tourism industries. The grant will also cover a project officer for two years.

Meanwhile, 167-year-old Covesea Lighthouse, on the Moray Firth, near Lossiemouth, will now be brought into community use and developed as a tourist hub. Covesea's light was switched off earlier this year, following a review by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

A grant of £311,500 to Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust means they can buy the 615-hectare Stronafian Forest next to Colintraive and Glendaruel communities in south-west Cowal, Argyll.

A grant of £14,877 allows Midlem Village Hall Committee to purchase an area of land behind Midlem Village Hall near Selkirk.

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