Muirtown Basin & Merkinch Proposals – Drop In Sessions

Come along to our drop in sessions to find out more about the proposals and share your thoughts!

Project Summary

Scottish Canals is proposing to undertake a new development adjacent to the Muirtown Basin on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. The proposed development will create a new multi-use facility accessible to the surrounding communities, local groups and clubs.

The development will provide improved access links to the canal network for leisure use, boaters and water sports users whilst aiming to create a closer link with the South Kessock and Merkinch residential areas.

The project aims to provide a multi-use hub building accessible and useable for the South Kessock and Merkinch local businesses, groups, organisations and charities. The development will also include a new canal-side café accessible to the local community and canal users.

Other elements will include pedestrian and cyclist access improvements to facilitate an increase in usage of the canal network and improvements and enhancement to the natural habitat within the site boundary to provide access to nature for the local community.

Current Status

Working alongside our design team, Scottish Canals have developed the overall concept of the project taking in to consideration the early feedback provided by stakeholders. The design progression to date has allowed us to be in a position to share the details of the development with the public at upcoming consultation events to gather further feedback and input to shape the final project outcomes.

Drop in sessions

Two drop in consultation events have been set up to enable local people the chance to view and comment on these proposals:

Wednesday 10 October

  • The Committee Room
    Merkinch Community Centre
    from 4pm to 8pm

Thursday 11 October

  • The Ness Barge,
    berthed at Muirtown Basin
    from 4pm to 8pm