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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Glenmore Visitor Centre will close its doors following trading on 26 January so that a refit of the building can be carried out in time for the Easter holiday.
The refit will bring an end to the retail facility but will see the café revamped and a greater emphasis placed on the information service to visitors.
Jack Mackay, for the Commission’s team in Inverness, Ross & Skye, said:
“We’re really about helping visitors discover the fantastic range of top-flight experiences that are to be had in the Glenmore Forest Park and the wider Cairngorms National Park area.
“There are plenty of local attractions, recreational opportunities and good reasons to come and visit and we want to help visitors with what they have told us is important to get the best out of their time here.
“By getting out of the retail side hopefully the other retail outlets nearby will benefit too and until we re-open at Easter visitors looking for refreshments will be directed to the Glenmore shop, the Glenmore Lodge café and to Cairngorm Mountain and Rothiemurchus estate.
“Interior construction is expected to be completed by the end of February and although the building will be closed, a limited information service will operate from the ‘resource centre’ at the back of the main Visitor Centre.”
The refit is part of the Commission’s ongoing work to meet the requirements of visitors to the area and follows on from the installation of new way marking, information and interpretation panels on site, as well as new signage and leaflets.
As well as re-organising the space to get the best use out of it, the Commission will work with the team at the Cairngorms National Park Authority to widen the scope of information available to visitors.
The Visitor Centre information point will continue to sell a small number of items that will be appropriate to visitors needs such as maps and guide books.
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