Corrieshalloch Gorge undergoes £3.1m makeover with new visitor centre

The new project has been called 'a gateway to nature' with more viewing points and a new visitor centre.

One of the most popular beauty spots in the Highlands has undergone multi-million pound makeover.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the guardian of Corrieshalloch Gorge near Ullapool, has unveiled a new visitor centre and more viewing points at the site.

The mile-long canyon features a 300ft deep gorge which can be viewed from a suspension bridge.

The trust has branded the £3.1m project a “gateway to nature” that was sensitively designed to allow more people to enjoy the site, while ensuring it is in keeping with its surroundings to protect its flora and fauna.

The gorge is known for its unique geology.

Visitors with a head for heights can gaze down at the crashing waterfalls of the River Droma from a Victorian bridge built by Sir John Fowler.

He went on to design the Forth Rail Bridge and was heavily involved in designing the London Underground.

The depth of the gorge creates a moist and sheltered microclimate with a rich and varied flora, where mosses and ferns are abundant.

The new visitor facilities also include toilets, electric car-charging and a takeaway cafe.

Additional paths allow visitors to discover previously unseen parts of the national nature reserve.

Four new viewing points have been created along the edge of the gorge as part of a ten-year NTS strategy.

Almost half of the project was funded by the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, led by the Scottish Government agency NatureScot, and part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

The work on the paths and interpretation on-site was supported by funds from the People’s Postcode Lottery through the Love Our Nature project. The remainder of the project was then funded by the National Trust for Scotland.

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