CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN TO ADD NEW EXHIBITION AND ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES FOR SUMMER SEASON
Visitors to Badenoch and Strathspey will have the opportunity to enjoy a new Cairngorm Mountain experience this summer following recent investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
A new exhibition named ‘The Cairngorm Story’ will be installed in the Base Station during July, telling the story of the Cairngorms; the wildlife, mountains, the unique natural environment, snow sports and its people. It has been created with huge support from the local community and proudly features mountaineers, Olympians, photographers, writers and artists from the area. A feature film and photography have all been sourced locally to create the exhibition.
Susan Smith, Interim Chief Executive of Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd said: “We are very much looking forward to the opening of the new exhibition which will be free for local schoolchildren to enter. The new tubing slide experience is also an exciting new offer and both are enhanced by our newly refurbished Cairngorm Cafe, reinstating the popular Cas Bar and an improved retail offer with a range of new locally sourced produce. These have been challenging times but with the great support of the local community as well as the staff team, we are making good progress towards making the business more sustainable.”
The story of the exhibition has benefited from the expertise of Professor Terry Stevens, international destination specialist and a key figure in Aviemore and the Cairngorms working together in the early 2000’s. He said: “This great mountain occupies pride of place in the Cairngorm Massif and is the high spot of the Cairngorms National Park. Overlooking Strathspey and the communities of Kingussie, Aviemore, Nethy Bridge, Carrbridge, Boat of Garten and Grantown, this mountain has nurtured and attracted talented sports people, artists, scientists and environmentalists. It has provided a wealth and a livelihood for many local families. For the Scottish diaspora and the area’s millions of visitors. It is a symbol of Scotland’s close relationship with nature and a punctuation mark in the landscape that is unmistakably ‘Scottish’. It is a great story.”
James Gibbs, Area Manager with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “The exhibition, along with the new play park and improvements to the food and drink offering, is part of a programme of works to make the base a much more appealing place for families to visit and experience the wonderful mountain environment. HIE is very pleased to be supporting CMSL’s plans, and hope they will have a positive impact on visitor numbers over the summer.”
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