Trust clinch deal for Bannockburn House
years to complete, however, the community has achieved so much so far, that I have no doubt we’ll see this through no matter how long it takes.”
The trust had earlier raised more than £640,000 through the Scottish Land Fund to put towards the buyout before the local authority stepped in and helped complete the deal.
Bannockburn councillors Alasdair MacPherson and Margaret Brisley released a joint statement reacting to the completion of the deal.
It read: “The hard work of the volunteers, coupled with the interest shown by the local community, has been truly remarkable. The redevelopment of the house and the grounds will deliver a trailblazing social enterprise which will deliver training opportunities and jobs for local people.
“This is radical land reform at its very best and we are very proud to have been part of the journey to deliver that.”
In the last year almost 4000 visitors have passed through the doors of the property, which was once visited by Bonnie Prince Charlie, in a series of open days and other events.
Plans for the house include the creation of a new car park, camping pods, a cafe and children’s play area.