Work starts on Loch Ness visitor attraction

RESTORATION work is underway at the site of a new £2.5 million visitor destination on the banks of Loch Ness.

Housed within the former Dochgarroch village hall, the new facility is due to open in May and will feature a café, visitor centre and craft shop showcasing local produce.

Freda Newton MBE, managing director of Loch Ness by Jacobite, is behind the project. She said, “Our new visitor experience will be a place for visitors and locals alike to gather, share stories, and learn about Loch Ness and the historic Dochfour Estate. Visitors will experience a new retail offer showcasing the best of what Scotland has to offer within a unique and eclectic environment.

“We’re extremely passionate about promoting incredible local produce, committed local suppliers and the Highland way of life to all visitors, made all the more fitting by the building itself which has been a community hub for almost a hundred years.”

Dochgarroch Hall will be completely refurbished, with a new extension creating a bespoke facility for visitors.

Morrison Construction is carrying out the restoration work. Donald Mclachlan, Morrison MD of Building Highland said, ‘‘We are delighted to have been entrusted with the construction of the new visitor destination for Loch Ness by Jacobite. It is always pleasing when a prestigious Highland client selects a local contractor to deliver their project.

‘‘We look forward to working proactively with Loch Ness by Jacobite team and our proven supply chain in constructing what will undoubtedly be a fantastic facility for both the local community and visitors to the Highlands.’’