Nevis Range vis­i­tors to pay for park­ing

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

VIS­I­TORS to Nevis Range in Fort Wil­liam will have to pay to park, un­less they are lo­cal.

Five me­ters were in­stalled in the pri­vate, 500-space park­ing area at the foot of Aonach Mor last week. Charges will come into force from the be­gin­ning of May un­til October each year.

Heather Ne­gus, mar­ket­ing man­ager with Nevis Range, told the Lochaber

Times the price will be £ 3 per day, but people who live in Lochaber are el­i­gi­ble for a free park­ing pass.

Ms Ne­gus added: ‘We get people us­ing the car park who don’t in­tend on us­ing the range. They just want to use the loo or are go­ing walk­ing or cy­cling. One hun­dred thou­sand plus people use the car park each year and cur­rently we are not mak­ing any rev­enue from it so this is re­ally just a way of grow­ing our busi­ness. Most places you go these days will charge and Nevis Range has per­haps been be­hind that trend. At £ 3, the charge has been set rea­son­ably. We don’t want to dis­cour­age people from park­ing here but we do need to cover costs and this will help.’

Hold­ers of cur­rent Nevis Range sea­son tick­ets – in­clud­ing Snows­ports, Gon­dola, Mountain Bike or Tree Ad­ven­ture – no mat­ter where they live can also park for free.

Ms Ne­gus con­tin­ued: ‘There will be two sites where people can pick up passes, at the main Nevis Range ticket of­fice or the Pine­marten cafe bar at Nevis Range. All they have to do is bring with them proof of lo­cal ad­dress and we’ll issue them with a free pass.’

One of Nevis Range’s big­gest events is the Mountain Bike World Cup. The two- day event takes place this year from June 3.

Ms Ne­gus told the Lochaber Times, Nevis Range usu­ally of­fers a ‘late room’ ser­vice for fans or teams plan­ning to travel to the event who have not booked ac­com­mo­da­tion. How­ever, the late rooms are be­ing snapped up ear­lier and ear­lier.

She said: ‘Ac­com­mo­da­tion is al­ready get­ting tight. So, if you are an ac­com­mo­da­tion provider – or can pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion – with avail­abil­ity that in­cludes the Satur­day, please get in touch. We have had a spe­cific re­quest for a team of six and if they can­not find a place to stay, they will not be able to par­tic­i­pate, which would be a real shame.’

Please con­tact Ms Ne­gus on mar­ket­ing@nevis­ or 01397 705825.

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