Published: 16/06/2017 17:29 - Updated: 16/06/2017 17:35

Loch Ness harbour scheme could anchor 20 jobs

Written byVal Sweeney

The harbour plans are progressing for Loch Ness.
The harbour plans are progressing for Loch Ness.

A HARBOUR development on Loch Ness has taken a step forward.

A planning application for changes at Brachla Harbour has been submitted – with the facility set to create at least 20 jobs if approved.

Proposals for Brachla Harbour on the loch’s northern shores were given outline permission three years ago but detailed planning consent is now being sought for the project.

It includes viewing platforms, a 150-seat cafée

restaurant, split-level loch-side terraces, specialty shops and safe, direct access to the shore. It will also offer state-of-the-art embarkation facilities for Loch Ness by Jacobite cruise vessels.

Developer Robert Bremner, of Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, said the venture wouldwill cost up to £4 million, with the first phase expected to start in the next 18 months, if given the go-ahead by Highland Council. It will create more than 20 full and part-time, year-round jobs.

“This development will enable visitors to see, touch and feel Loch Ness,” he said. “For years, visitors have commented on the lack of access to the loch – something that a world-class destination like Loch Ness should offer. Brachla seeks to address that need.”

Graeme Ambrose, chief executive of Visit Inverness Loch Ness, described it as a welcome and exciting development which would be well received by tourists from around the world.

“With its combination of a viewing platform and access to the loch, it will provide a crucial contribution that has been missing from the tourism offering on the north side of Loch Ness,” he said.

It has been designed by award-winning Inverness architect HRI Munro and Glasgow landscape architect Benton Scott-Simmons.

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