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PICTURES: Loch Ness Drumnadrochit tourist hub plan gets off to a great start


By Val Sweeney

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Local man Calum Morrison. Picture: Callum Mackay
Local man Calum Morrison. Picture: Callum Mackay

An ambitious plan to create a tourism and green transport hub near Loch Ness has got off to a cracking start.

The Loch Ness Hub Community Share launch event was staged in Drumnadrochit car park and raised more than £32,000 from more than 90 investors.

The community share offer is the final push to take ownership of the former tourist information centre and toilets in Drumnadrochit.

Council leader Margaret Davidson popped by to pick up a prospectus. Picture: Callum Mackay
Council leader Margaret Davidson popped by to pick up a prospectus. Picture: Callum Mackay

It was launched on Saturday by the Loch Ness Hub, a new community benefit company set up by Glen Urquhart Rural Community Association (Gurca), which is working in partnership with local charity, Soirbheas.

Susan Clark, chairman of Gurca, said: “We have reached 66 per cent of our minimum target of between £55k and £110k.

“Over 90 per cent of those buying shares were those from the Glen Urquhart community but investors came from as far away as Canada.

“The appeal runs until October 17th with people able to purchase shares until that date. Shares are priced at £25 with the minimum investment being set at £50. Every share counts in getting this fantastic community enterprise under way.

MSP Kate Forbes with Susan Clark, Toby Stainton and Carol Masheter. Picture: Callum Mackay
MSP Kate Forbes with Susan Clark, Toby Stainton and Carol Masheter. Picture: Callum Mackay

“Members of the community – and anyone else – are being invited to invest in this exciting project to help put the last pieces of the jigsaw into place and allow the venture to be up and ready for the 2021 season.

“The vision is to reopen the building as a tourism and transport hub, creating local employment and channelling surplus profits back into community projects.”

After the building was vacated by Visit Scotland in October 2018, Gurca began the process of a community asset transfer of the building from Highland Council, having received resounding support from the community.

Further details on the project and how to invest can be found here

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