Three Lanarkshire attractions are investing more than £4m following a series of funding grants.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, Drumpellier Country Park and Motherwell Concert Hall will use the funding to make improvements and boost visitor numbers.
This investment supports a strategy outlined by the Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership, which sets out aspirations for the tourism industry in Lanarkshire by 2020. The partnership aims to make a positive contribution to the Scottish tourism sector, by creating unique experiences for visitors to enjoy in the Lanarkshire area.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, has invested £2,400 in creating a new walking trail along the edge of New Lanark. The trail, which takes around an hour to complete, is designed to be an easy and accessible walking route for people of all ages to enjoy. The funding has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge plans to redevelop its visitor centre as a gateway to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, after receiving a grant of £4.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, along with other funders.
The Seven Lochs Wetland Park is a large-scale urban heritage park, spanning over 15km between Glasgow and Coatbridge. The park includes four nature reserves including Bishop Loch and Commonhead Moss, seven ancient lochs and a range of wildlife and heritage sites.
The extended visitor centre, which will create a new viewing area over the loch at Drumpellier, will support a programme of learning and engagement activities.
Theatre and music venue, Motherwell Concert Hall has made an £170,000 investment into state-of-the-art sound equipment giving audiences an enhanced experience at concerts, conferences and shows.
With this investment, it ensures that both the Concert Hall and Theatre auditoria remain a desirable location in Scotland for touring shows and high promoters along with improved quality for attendees.
Mark Calpin, chair of the Lanarkshire Tourism Partnership, said: “It’s fantastic to see Lanarkshire’s venues investing in these major improvements.
“Our Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership sets out our aspirations for what the area’s tourism industry will look by 2020, and these recent investments are a definite step in the right direction.”
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