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The owners of Ben Nevis Holiday Park are hoping their £500,000 refurbishment of the site at Camaghael, just outside Fort William, will help them bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in time for the 2021 tourist season.
While this year’s season might not have been as expected, Andrew and Emily Campbell, who took over the Ben Nevis Holiday Park site in March and launched Highland Holidays just three months later, have been using the lockdown period to develop their plans and ambitions before welcoming their first guests in July.
With breath-taking views of Ben Nevis, and just 10 minutes from Fort William, the couple have transformed the existing site into a 146-pitch holiday park boasting a mix of luxury hot tub lodges, cosy self-catering cabins, Scandi-style glamping pods, apartments with a view and versatile caravans, along with pitches for touring motorhomes and tents.
Mr Campbell commented: ‘Despite the pandemic, the Scottish staycation market is booming, and we see no signs of that changing.
‘Over the summer, while restrictions weren’t so tight, we saw visitors from all over the UK as they were tempted by the beautiful scenery that surrounds us and fresh Scottish air.
‘The Highlands and Fort William in particular are high on travellers’ bucket lists and we’ve been inundated with enquiries from Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally as people start to plan their 2021 trips.’
Originally from Lochgoilhead, the couple both have a passion for Ben Nevis and the Highland lifestyle, and hope to weave Highland Holidays into the fabric of the local community around Fort William and Glen Nevis, by allowing holidaymakers to experience the magic of Great Britain’s ‘Outdoor Capital’ for themselves.
The couple were determined to support the local community as much as possible and used many local companies to redevelop the existing site, including Leith’s Quarry, Lochaber Building Supplies, Michael Faryma Joinery, Highland Industrial Supplies and Hugh Fitzsimons & Son.
‘Fort William is a very close-knit community and we’ve received a warm welcome and great support from locals,’ added Mr Campbell.
‘We wanted to repay that by working with as many local businesses as possible. Many of our colleagues are from the area and as we further establish ourselves as a destination, we want to ensure the community can benefit as much as possible.’
The newly refurbished holiday park includes the introduction of glamping-style Highland Pods, and a series of high-spec two- and three-bedroom Nevis Lodges, available with and without hot tubs.
Alongside this, an increased number of pitches have been created, to accommodate guests with touring motorhomes or those who prefer to pitch a tent and be ‘at one’ with nature.
The couple’s plans for 2021 include the addition of further pods and lodges, as well as the regeneration of the reception area, to include a bistro-style café and shop stocking essentials, with a projected spend of an additional £750,000 in order to facilitate these upgrades.
Highland Holidays is located at Ben Nevis Holiday Park, Camaghael, Fort William PH33 7NF.
Andrew and Emily Campbell at their Ben Nevis Holiday Park on the outskirts of Fort William. Photograph: Alison White Photography
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