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Ben Lawers visitor centre to close

Ben Lawers Visitor Centre and car park

Ben Lawers Visitor Centre and car park

The National Trust for Scotland has announced a number of cost saving measures in response to an expected downturn in income this year. On the closure list is the Mountain Visitor Centre at Ben Lawers which is popular as an interpretation centre for the special and fragile habitat on the mountain as well as with walkers setting off on one of the most popular Munros.

Also to be closed are Arduaine Gardens in Argyll, Hill of Tarvit Mansion House in Fife, and Leith Hall House in Aberdeenshire. The NTS is seeking external sponsorship or volunteer support to keep a number of other properties open this year including Hugh Miller’s Cottage in Cromarty.

The Trust said that they were taking this action in response to reduced income as a result of the economic downturn and were having to make cost savings in their biggest area of expenditure, staffing. If there is further news about the Ben Lawers centre or any of the other properties in the Highlands we will report it here.

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