New bridge and all-abilities path open to the public
A new bridge, crossing the Nevis River at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, near Fort William, is now open to the public. Also open is the upgraded bridge at the Glen Nevis youth hostel and the all-abilities riverside path between the visitor centre and youth hostel. Access to Ben Nevis is now available via all established routes, although there will be restrictions on the link path between Monday April 3rd and Friday April 7th to allow reinstatement works to be completed by the contractor. The old bridge, located downstream of the new, is now closed to the public and its removal is underway.
This project is being delivered by Highland Council and Nevis Landscape Partnership, and is funded by The Highland Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Rural Development Programme and Sport Scotland. Highland Council and Nevis Landscape Partnership anticipate a formal opening event will take place in June 2017, details of which will be published nearer the time.
The Highland Council owns Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, which receives around 65,000 visitors per annum, with numbers climbing Ben Nevis itself at around 120,000 per annum. In addition to investment in the bridge, The Highland Council is also contributing £35,000 to refurbishment of the visitor centre which will provide new and informative displays including vital mountain safety information for those venturing to the summit of Ben Nevis.