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Scotland’s longest zipwire receives planning approval in boost to local tourism

A proposed zipwire attraction designed to boost local tourism on land owned by JAHAMA Highland Estates in Kinlochleven has received planning approval from the Highland Council’s South Planning Applications Committee.

The plans, which include two pairs of zip wires over Loch Leven, were put forward by local resident Stephen Connelly in conjunction with JAHAMA Highland Estates, part of the GFG Alliance that owns the Lochaber smelter and hydro plant.

One of the zipwires at 1,470m in length will be the longest in Scotland while the shorter zipwire, which will measure 1,050m, will become the steepest in the UK.

“We feel the zipwire attraction is a carefully-balanced proposition that will give local tourism a valuable boost while preserving the integrity of the surrounding natural landscape,” said manager of JAHAMA Highland Estates, Dimitri Harrison.

“We anticipate the attraction will employ 35 people on a full-time basis and 15 people in seasonal roles, which would be significant for Kinlochleven and the surrounding area. With a monthly footfall of nearly 6,000 forecast during peak months in the summer, the positive economic impact of the attraction would undoubtedly spread into the wider community.”

In addition to the zipwires and platforms, the plans also comprise a container-style reception building, two floating jetties and a proposal to use part of the former smelter site as a car park for visitors.

The project has been developed with assistance from Adrenaline Constructions, Inverness-based landscape architects Horner + Maclennan, and planning consultants JLL. Following construction, the aim is to launch the zipwire next summer.

For more information

Henry Evans
Media Relations
GFG Alliance
+44 7540 249364henry.evans@gfgalliance.com

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