Published: 10/03/2018 08:00 - Updated: 09/03/2018 10:30

Couples invited to tie the knot at the new Falls of Shin centre


Falls of Shin Centre.
THE new Falls of Shin Visitor Centre is entering the wedding market.


Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, which operates the centre, have decided to make the new building and its surrounds available as a wedding venue.

The Trust's Falls of Shin experience officer Dale Pryde-MacDonald said: "It's a wonderful place for a wedding.Our aim is to provide couples with a special, unique memory for a lifetime".

The venue is at the end of a road that winds through Achany Glen, alongside the River Shin, and it sits in a clearing in a pine forest.

The original Falls of Shin centre, owned by former Harrods boss Mohamed Al Faye, was razed to the ground in a fire in 2013. Its loss represented a huge economic blow to the area.

The Kyle of Sutherland Trust stepped in to rebuild the centre and the new venue opened last May.

One of a highlights of a visit there is taking a stroll to the Falls, after which the centre is named, and where salmon can be seen leaping in season.

The new building has been designed by Catriona Hill of local company CH Architecture, and is based on the concept of a leaping salmon.

It has already made quite an impression, having been shortlisted in architectural and design award competitions, including the Scottish Rural Award 2018 and the Scottish RICS Awards 2018.

Mr Pryde-Macdonald said the centre and its surroundings offered a variety of options for brides and grooms, both indoors and outside.

He said: "There are fantastic photo opportunities inside and out. the building itself is stunning with its trellis walkway framed by a beautiful handcrafted metallic sculpture of a salmon's tail.

"Then there is the grass plaza and the surrounding woodland. There are so many options available, from having the ceremony on the viewing platform to having photos taken in the woodlands."

The centre has a restaurant that seats 60 people and the venue could facilitate marquees should a wedding party wish to bring one to accommodate more people.

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