Ardrishaig Public Realm Improvements

The Ardrishaig North Public Realm improvements is one of 6 projects that was selected to be taken forward through the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund.

The project aims to improve the public realm around Chalmers Street to create an attractive environment which encourages people to stop, visit, enjoy and spend time in.

Ardrishaig front  Ardrishaig car park

Contact details

Douglas Grierson
Transformation Projects and Regeneration Project Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Whitegates Office


Phone: 01546 604228
Mobile: 07585 884928

The John Smith Memorial Garden and adjoining open space and car parks are important public spaces in the heart of Ardrishaig, lying between Chalmers Street and Loch Gilp, and extending from the public halls and toilets to the Boat Club.  Thanks to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, Argyll and Bute Council have the opportunity to work with the local community to deliver improvements to the area.  These will complement the investments that the community itself is making in the public halls.

It has been a long term aspiration of local residents and community organisations in Ardrishaig to see these spaces be made more attractive and work better for the town – including relocation of the crossing, better space for community events such as the Christmas lights, improvements to the car parks and recycling area, and upgrading of the paths and landscaping.  Designs were previously prepared in 2018 with public consultation, but unfortunately not enough funding is available to implement those proposals.

The Council has therefore been working closely with members of the Community Council and Community Trust during summer 2019 to develop alternative design proposals which are within the budget available.  A design team led by Glasgow-based landscape architects Erz has been supporting the work.

Public consultation is now closed

Initial draft design proposals were presented for discussion at the Community Council meeting on Tuesday 3rd September by the design team, and are displayed on posters in the Community Trust’s window at 61 Chalmers Street.

The draft proposals can also be seen below (please click on the images to see them in more detail or to download):

Ardrishaig consultation board - part 1  Ardrishaig consultation board - part 2  Ardrishaig consultation board - part 3

The designs will be revised in response to public comments.