Falls of Shin new visitor centre

A new £1.4 million visitor centre will open in Lairg, Scotland this spring, close by to the walks offered in the area by the Forestry Commission for Scotland.

The new centre will be a replacement for one badly damaged by fire at Falls of Shin in 2013.

As well as including the new centre and landscaping, the build project involves improved signage which is being developed to encourage visitors to use the walks offered in the local area.

What will be in the new building?

The Falls of Shin visitor centre will be home to a café and retail space, as well as toilets.

As well as the building itself, a central grassy plaza will be a venue for galas, farmers’ markets, and seasonal events.

The new building has been designed in the shape of a salmon, as many visitors travel to the area to watch fish attempting to jump the falls on the River Shin. The season for salmon returning to spawn is from June to September.

The Falls of Shin marks a starting point for a range of trails through mixed woodland and along the rocky banks of the Shin. The trails are suitable for a wide range of abilities.

More about Lairg

Known as the crossroads to the north, the village of Lairg is nestled on the southern shores of Loch Shin.

The village is a great destination for walking groups, and the surrounding green hills and snow-capped mountains provide a gateway to the wild region of Sutherland.

The largest loch in Sutherland, Loch Shiel, runs North West from Lairg for a distance of 17 miles, and the area also boasts many archaeological sites.

For further information visit www.visitscotland.com.