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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Corrieshalloch Gorge Re-Opened

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Conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland has confirmed its Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve site has now reopened.

The suspension bridge at the Wester Ross site had been closed as a precautionary measure after a routine inspection indicated a potential issue.

Contractors visited last week and completed repairs and maintenance work, meaning both the bridge and wider site are open once again.

Visitors are reminded that there should be a maximum of six people on the bridge at any one time.

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Designs to improve visitor facilities at the National Trust for Scotland Corrieshalloch site in Wester Ross which welcomes more than 100,000 visitors per year were submitted for planning approval with Highland Council in May this year.

The charity has created plans for sensitively-designed new visitor facilities at the Gorge, to help with the safe and sustainable management of visitors to the National Nature Reserve, ensuring that Corrieshalloch’s built and natural heritage is well-cared for now and in the future.

This will include toilets, wifi, a blue loo for camper vans, improved parking facilities and paths, wayfinding and interpretation around the National Nature Reserve, enabling visitors to enjoy an enhanced experience.

With its beautiful location and impressive scenery, Corrieshalloch Gorge has seen an increase in visitor numbers since 2012, to more than 100,000 annually.

The £2.3 million project has secured £923,277 funding from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund.

It’s part of a new almost £9 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by NatureScot is part funded through the European Development Fund.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund will encourage people to visit some of the more remote and rural areas and create and sustain jobs, businesses and services in local communities.

The purpose of the fund is to promote and develop the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands in a way that conserves and protects them.

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