Hynish Bike Track Opening Day

Easter weekend proved to be a busy one for Tiree this year! Easter Sunday saw the Hebridean Trust launch its newly built ‘bike track’ which is occupying the old walled coal store behind the Alan Stevenson House!

The bike track was produced by a bank of very enthuastic and generous islanders, who gave up their spare time and effort to get involved. Ally Straker and Cameron Smith designed the track, giving it some excellent bumps and corners which went down well with the children on Sunday! They were involved in creating the track along with help from Phil Knowles, Jack Lockheart and Sandy MacIntosh who donated their time and machinery to help dig out the site and create the track. 20 tonnes of quarry dust was also generously donated by Iain MacArthur, which helped to give the finishing touch to the top of the track.

Once all the hardwork of creating the track was over, Fiona Malcolm and her team at the Hynish Centre decided to create an open day event to mark the official opening. There was a tasty café offering burgers, soups, tea and coffees which was enjoyed by all and served up by Fiona, Claire, Netta and Lauren. Richard and Chris Hayes organised an Easter egg hunt for the children which went down very well, and thankfully the rain stayed off long enough for the search! Easter eggs for the hunt and raffle were very kindly donated by Andy at the Co-op, and the winning ticket was GREEN 332 and is yet to be claimed so if that was you then your prize is waiting for you at The Business Centre!

The track was open throughout the day, giving children and adults the chance to try it out, which proved to be very popular! It will now remain open all year round and everyone is encouraged to go along have a shot, and make use of it. The Hebridean Trust would like to remind everyone to treat the track with respect and leave it as you found it. It is also to be noted that it is designed to be used by PEDAL BIKES ONLY and they would strongly urge all users to wear helmets and protective clothing. The bike track is to be used at your own risk and the Hebridean Trust are not responsible for any injury that may occur.

The track is an excellent addition to the Hynish Centre, and The Hebridean Trust hope that it will give the centre some more visitors and exposure. Both the Skerryvore and Treshnish isles museums are now open for the summer season and Fiona hopes to be offering teas and coffees within them in the next month or so. She has also told us that they hope to reopen the Skerryvore Signal Tower – so stay tuned for more information about that!

Fiona and The Hebridean Trust would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in creating the new bike track, who donated money, time and effort! And a big thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday!

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