The Falls of Shin Community Project received a huge boost today when Big Lottery Fund Scotland announced it is awarding the scheme more than £1 million in funding.
They are to give the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust £1,000,567 to help fund the new Falls of Shin Visitor Centre.
A spokesman for the Big Lottery Fund Scotland said: “With a focus on regenerating the local economy, today’s award will mean the dispersed community will benefit from a new community resource and visitor centre.”
The Falls of Shin Community Project will replace the previous visitor centre destroyed by fire in May 2013, located between Lairg and Bonar Bridge. The sustainable new building will include a café, shop, toilets, information panels and an outdoor plaza for community events.
Pete Campbell, chairman of Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, said: “It’s great that the Big Lottery Fund acknowledged the social and economic benefits that the creation of the new community project will bring to the area.
“The development of a modern facility, with activities for all ages of visitors, is essential to the regeneration of the area and will provide important employment and training opportunities. Not only will the communities around the Kyle of Sutherland rejoice at the news of the award but that joy will be felt across the Highlands and further afield.”
- More on this story in Friday’s Northern Times.