The former Falls of Shin visitor centre, which many of you may recall, was destroyed by fire in May 2013.
Following this, and after several months of Stakeholder meetings and planning, the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust was invited by Big Lottery Fund Scotland to submit a Stage 2 Growing Community Assets Application for project funding to rebuild the popular attraction.
Valerie Houston was employed as Project Officer and worked with the community, stakeholders (Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, VisitScotland and Kyle of Sutherland Fisheries Trust) and Design Team (CH Architecture and WSD Scotland Ltd) to lead the Project to submission of the Stage 2 Application for funding in November 2015.
During this first phase, funding applications were also submitted to Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland and SSE Achany Community Fund. By March 2016, the majority of Project funding was in place with the final piece being confirmed in May.
In June 2016, the next phase of the Falls of Shin Project began with Valerie Houston being welcomed back as Implementation Manager and Sasha Hudekova employed part time as Project Officer. William Gray Construction Ltd were appointed as the main contractor.
In January 2017, Graham Rooney of Platform 1864 in Tain was announced as the operator who will run the restaurant and gift shop in the new building.
The new visitor attraction is on track to open in Spring 2017.
For further information please contact Valerie Houston, Implementation Manager, Falls of Shin Community Project:
T: 01863 766 190
M: 07923 951 568