Bowmore residents will be pleased to hear that a planning application has been submitted to create holiday letting units at the derelict building next to the village hall. The former Royal Arch Masonic Hall has been lying derelict for more than ten years and is in a state of disrepair. Local builders, McEachern Brothers have submitted proposals for alterations and an extension to the B listed building to give it a new lease of life.
In its time the Royal Arch building has been well used by the Bowmore community. Apart from its main function as a lodge for the Royal Arch it has seen many Mod adjudications carried out in its warren of small rooms. Islay’s very own community newspaper, the Ileach, had its first offices in the building. In 2008, the building having been empty for a number of years, an application to turn the Royal Arch into a nursery were approved but the plan was abandoned by the then owner who made other business arrangements.
article published with kind permission of the Ileach