Queen’s View Visitor Centre shortlisted for award

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The Queen’s View Visitor Centre, near Pitlochry, has been shortlisted for its third award only one year after the completion of a million pound refurbishment.

Already upgraded to a 4-star, Visit Scotland attraction and the holder of a silver Green Tourism award, the Forest Enterprise Scotland visitor centre has made it to the last four in its category of the Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) 'Discover Heritage 2015' awards.

Alan Chalmers, Graphic Designer with Forest Enterprise Scotland, said;

"The AHI awards celebrate excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland and to make it to the last four is a great accolade.

“The awards we have already won in the short time we have re-opened are testament to the hard work we’ve put in to creating a top flight experience that can compete in the modern tourism sector.

“It's modern, open, airy and light and a place that will really give all our visitors that 'wow' factor experience that will make them want to come back time and again."

Heritage interpretation aims to tell the story of special places in an engaging and understandable way that will help visitors get the most from their visit. At Queen’s View, it tells the site’s story and the story of the surrounding Tay Forest Park.

Alan added;

"We’ve used a combination of approaches to engage visitors, from background decoration to 3D sculpted trees and a map model, birch panels, and digital screens.

“With a little bit of humor thrown in to the mix, it’s all come together to give the site a really unique and memorable ‘personality’ and we’re really pleased to have had that recognised with our Heritage Awards nomination.

“We’re up against some serious competition – but we’re keeping our fingers crossed!”

The winners in all categories will be announced at the AHI conference on 21 October.

Other contenders on the Visitor Centre Shortlist are:

o The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
o Langham Dome Visitor Centre
o Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. The AHI ‘Discover Heritage’ Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location.
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  5. 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.