Glen Nevis Visitor Centre 20th Anniversary Open Day
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary this week with an open day that featured the winners of a competition for primary school students to design a T-shirt commemorating the event.
Over 150 designs were entered into the design competition. Pupils were asked to design a T-shirt that celebrated the 20 years of the Centre and highlighted that there is much more to Glen Nevis than just Ben Nevis. The winners were announced as:
Overall Winner: Lewis Murphy (Fort William RC Primary School)
Winner: Calum Mews (Fort William RC Primary School)
Winner: Serena Matheson (Acharacle Primary School)
Winner: Mirran Lindsay (Acharacle Primary School)
Lewis won a T-shirt in his design. Calum, Serena and Mirran were presented with Glen Nevis souvenir t-shirts.
Since 1993, Glen Nevis Visitor Centre has provided help and advice to the thousands of walkers exploring Glen Nevis and climbing Ben Nevis every year. Countryside Rangers, West Highland Rangers, Forestry Commission, Friends of Nevis, John Muir Trust, and Scottish Natural History were all in attendance to celebrate this work.
Launching the open day, Councillor Allan Henderson, Provost of Lochaber said “Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is a jewel in the crown of interpretation centres in the region. It is a fantastic centre and plays an important role in the Lochaber industry with a footfall the envy of many better known centres. Here is an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of Ben and Glen Nevis and I look forward to the next twenty years.”
Charity cheques were presented to Mountain Rescue from donations at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and from sponsorship funds for the City to Summit Rat Race in June 2013. The first of its kind, this race saw competitors run, cycle and swim the 140 miles from Edinburgh to the summit of Ben Nevis.
The open day also featured memorabilia from the Centre’s official opening 20 years ago, and small photo exhibition showing how the Centre has changed.
Operated by The Highland Council, the Centre offers car parking, toilets and picnic sites to those exploring Glen Nevis. Staff are also available to give walking advice and information on the local area, and the Centre sells items such as maps, snacks and souvenirs.
The Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout. The Visitor Centre is open all year, 7 days a week, and opening hours vary with season.