Safety Advice for Iolaire Service on 1st January 2019

The Scottish Commemoration Panel is holding a Memorial Service (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 buses to the Iolaire site will be the only way of getting to the service and will be arranged from The Nicolson Institute bus park. The public were required to reserve seats for the buses and this deadline has now passed. The buses will be available for boarding from The Nicolson Institute bus park from 10am with the last bus leaving at 11am. The public are reminded to allow time to go through a security check prior to boarding, which may include a bag search.  

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 road 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. 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.