New viewing platform for Loch Maree

Forestry Commission Scotland has started work on a new viewing platform at Slattadale, Wester Ross.

Overlooking Loch Maree, the new platform will replace one that was destroyed by wind blown trees over ten years ago.

Forestry Commission Scotland’s, Jack Mackay, said;

“There were some fairly huge Douglas Fir trees blown over at this site and they damaged the original, sub-standard viewing platform.

“It was never replaced because the rock it had sat on was found to be in poor condition. Subsequent storms also blew over more of the trees until for safety and acccess reasons we eventually had to fell everything. 

“This then gave us the opportunity to redesign the site to improve it for visitors.”

The Commission last year created a new circular path to takes visitors up to the viewpoint over Loch Maree, improved the visitor area by removing trees around the entrance and the car park and upgraded the car park itself.

The project is being funded by Garbhaig Hydro Solutions Ltd., which is developing a hydro scheme above the site,

Jack added;

“This new bit of work is a long overdue upgrade and enhancement to a well-visited site. Many people have a long-standing affection for the place and we hope that the new platform will provide visitors with a new experience of a fantastic place.”

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.