£2.5m visitor centre to open at Loch Ness

Restoration work has begun at the site of a £2.5 million visitor destination on the banks of Loch Ness.

Housed within a former village hall, the building will open in May 2019 with a café, visitor centre and craft shop selling Highland produce.

The development, which overlooks the Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Locks, is the brain-child of Freda Newton, managing director of boat tour specialist Loch Ness by Jacobite.

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.”