Residents of Scourie in Sutherland have moved a step forward in shaping their own future by acquiring a 1.76 hectare site in the centre of the village, thanks to a grant of £54,000 from the Scottish Land Fund.
Scourie Community Development Company Ltd plan to build a Geocentre Visitor attraction on the site as a focal point for the wider North West Highlands Geopark. The planned Geocentre will house a world-renowned Collection of rocks, minerals and fossils and will become an educational resource for visiting schools and universities, whilst contributing to the local economy.
Scourie Community Development Company Chairman, Angus Mackay, said: “The Development Company board is absolutely delighted that, as a result of the Land Fund grant, the Company has been able to acquire the land for the proposed Geocentre. This acquisition enables the Company to further progress its exciting project to create a Geology Themed Visitor attraction that will revitalise the tourist economy of the whole of the North West Highlands Geopark area”.
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “This is a momentous day for the Scourie Community Development Trust showing just what can be achieved when a community is empowered to follow the path of community ownership. The new exhibition centre and community hub will be a fantastic asset to the local area and I wish everyone involved every success with the next stage of their journey”.