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April 29 2021

Brora vision to capitalise on tourism revival

Brora and District Action Group have set out their ambition for the future of Brora in East Sutherland including plans for an outdoor events space, visitor centre and gateway signage.

Located in east Sutherland the village will seek to capitalise on its location along the North Coast 500 tourism route by ensuring suitable first impressions are made for motorists, encouraging them to stay rather than drive through.

Seen as a model for other communities along the route to follow the pilot project has the support of the North Highland Initiative, with just under £1m available to make the project a reality.

A Vision for Brora sets out a range of steps that can be undertaken with the lion's share (£650k) being earmarked for a visitor centre at Fascally Park. A further £200k would be made available for improving the public realm, including £50k for the creation of stone entrance totems incorporating sculpture and wildflowers.

This work will complement a separate £3.3m Brora Heritage Centre, designed by James Maxwell Conservation Architects, to be housed within the Old Clyne School.

A notional timescale of 2022 has been set to make good on these ideas with priority given to improvements to shopfronts, improved disability access and the installation of electric vehicle charging points.

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