Iolaire Service on 1st January 2019

The Scottish Commemoration Panel is holding a Memorial Service on 1st January 2019 (subject to weather conditions), at the Iolaire Memorial, Holm at 12noon.  The service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal for those not in attendance.

Transportation by shuttle buses to the site will be the only way of getting to the service and will be arranged from The Nicolson Institute bus park. 

To reserve a seat on the buses, the public must register over the phone by calling Customer Services on 01851 600 502 by 5pm on Friday 30th November. No other reservations will be taken after the deadline.

The Holm road will be closed off and there will be no other vehicular or pedestrian access.  The Coastguard Rescue Service will be monitoring all coastal paths. The restrictions will be lifted one hour after the service finishes to allow general access to the memorial site.  

Safety Advice - Due to the time of year and the likelihood of inclement weather, the organisers are again advising the public to ensure that they come well prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear to the events on 1st January. There may be restrictions on numbers depending upon the weather and other conditions on site. Those attending the service at Holm are reminded that they may be outside for upwards of one and half hours prior to the start of the service with no shelter available and no seating.

Parking in the town centre for the 1st January will be free of charge and the public are again advised to make use of the parking across from the Comhairle at Sandwick Rd and The Nicolson Institute Car Park off Smith Avenue. The CalMac Car Park will be for exclusive use of those going to the service on board MV Loch Seaforth.