The MSP for Lochaber has welcomed news that the Sunart Community Company will receive over £40,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to assist a buyout of the former Strontian visitor centre.
The group hope to secure a visitor information for Strontian and the wider area, as well as develop partnerships with local business to ensure it is viable to run.
Constituency MSP Kate Forbes hailed the news, and said she hopes to meet with some of the group this week to discuss their future plans.
The visitor centre on the Ardnamurchan peninsula closed last autumn, which Visit Scotland said was in response to the popularity of digital services among visitors.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “Congratulations to Sunart Community Company for securing funding to buy the former Strontian visitor centre.
“There are few communities as enterprising and hardworking as the one in Strontian and this is yet another example of this.
“Community empowerment legislation means that community groups have never been as powerful as they are today, but it still depends on volunteers to turn ideas into reality.
“Full credit to the volunteers in Strontian for another successful community project.”
The Sunart Community Company have received a £41,000 award from the Scottish Land Fund.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the SLF supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.
It provides practical support and funding to enable local people to work together to develop their ideas and aspirations, put in place effective structures, and plan and complete viable land and land assets acquisition projects.