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AN ADVENTURE centre in Lochaber has received national recognition, writes senior reporter Monica Gibson.
The Ice Factor Kinlochleven, seven miles east of Glencoe village, was given the highest ‘quality assurance’ grading by VisitScotland.
The £3.4 million attraction is the first business in the west Highlands to be awarded the tourist organisation’s ‘five-star activity centre award’.
Opened in 2003, the 120-year-old building is a former aluminium smelter. The centre boasts an excess of 130,000 visitors through the door who can enjoy year-round indoor ice-climbing, rock climbing and the outdoor aerial adventure course, complete with 50m rope swing year round.
Tracey Smith, from Ice Factor Kinlochleven, said: ‘The continued success of Ice Factor Kinlochleven is in no small measure down to our highly-trained and motivated staff. They are terrific ambassadors for what is the world’s largest indoor ice-climbing facility, enjoyed throughout the year by thousands of climbers and non-climbers alike.’
Designated as the National Centre for Ice Climbing, the facility, which is 23 miles south of Fort William, is also used for training by members of the GB Ice Climbing Team and by Scottish Mountain Rescue.
Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland’s regional partnerships director, said: ‘I am thrilled that Ice Factor has achieved five-star status, as it is such a popular adventure attraction in the west Highlands, fitting in perfectly with its surroundings and location.’