Work be­gins to trans­form Glen­coe cen­tre

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

Work on a ma­jor project to trans­form the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s Glen­coe Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is now un­der way.

The project is among the top pri­or­i­ties for newly-ap­pointed op­er­a­tions man­ager Emily Bryce, who is just weeks into her new role.

Ms Bryce, 37, who lives in Fort Wil­liam, is also re­spon­si­ble for an­other of Lochaber’s top her­itage sites at Glen­finnan.

She says the plans for Glen­coe’s vis­i­tor cen­tre will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at one of Scot­land’s most pop­u­lar places.

‘Glen­coe is one of Scot­land’s nat­u­ral trea­sures and cap­tures the imag­i­na­tion of many peo­ple, for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons. We’ll be mak­ing the most of the glen’s amaz­ing sto­ries, from its ori­gins, mil­lions of years ago, to the present day, to give vis­i­tors an even more memorable ex­pe­ri­ence and to ex­plain why we do all we do to pro­tect this place, for the love of Scot­land,’ she ex­plained.

Build­ing works be­gan last week and, from last Satur­day, a com­bined cafe, shop and in­for­ma­tion point is now lo­cated in the cen­tre’s func­tion room. This cosy one-stop shop will be open daily, all win­ter.

Ms Bryce con­tin­ued: ‘While the im­prove­ments are un­der way, we’ll con­tinue to of­fer a warm wel­come to vis­i­tors from our new home in the MacIain room.

‘We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors all win­ter and giv­ing them a glimpse of what they can ex­pect af­ter our fan­tas­tic re­fresh.’

The project to im­prove the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at Glen­coe Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is part of the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s five-year, £57 mil­lion pro­gramme to im­prove vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and the con­di­tion of the her­itage in its care.

Work has now started on re­vamp­ing Glen­coe Vis­i­tor Cen­tre.

Emily Bryce.

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