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Loch Ness Shores, Foyers, IV2 6YG

Case Study Working with the Community Loch Ness Shores, Foyers, IV2 6YG
Case Study Working with the Community Donald and Lyn Forbes had two objectives when planning Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning site. Firstly, the business must be sustainable, and secondly, to support other businesses and the wider community.

Hence when Scottish Water upgraded their services and only allowed for minimum expansion, they opted to bore for all their own water, allowing further developments in Foyers. This included obtaining outline planning for sixteen houses (four affordable), on ground they owned, which a local builder is currently progressing through planning.

Working with the community and Highland Council, they transferred land to the school and village shop allowing them to extend their car park and provide public toilets at lower Foyers.

A community defibrillator is available on the campsite and as part of staff training, everyone has completed the defibrillator course. The team are also qualified to deliver outside activities, such as archery, bush craft, wildlife walks, river dipping, boat and kayak hire. These are made available to all those living and visiting the area. This not only helps other accommodation providers, but businesses such as the village shop, tearooms and hotels, by encouraging visitors to stay longer in the area.

The team at Loch Ness Shores also share their knowledge of the local area with visitors and an application has been made to become a VisitScotland Information Partner (iKNOW Scotland). As an active Director of the local Community Trust, Lyn Forbes was instrumental in promoting their new Constitution which empowered the community. She represented Scottish Land & Estates on the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and was previously a Board Member of Highlands & Island Enterprise.

Fiona Cairns, Secretary of South Loch Ness Tourist Group, said: “Loch Ness Shores has been very beneficial in increasing tourism on south Loch Ness. Open all year, their visitors provide customers to all the local businesses. Lyn has recently joined our Committee.”

Louise Robertson, Head Teacher, said: "The playground at Foyers Primary School has always been a rather restricted area for the children to play and learn in. However, thanks to Donald and Lyn Forbes this is about to change in a big way. They have agreed to sell ground to Highland Council for £1 so that the playground can be extended into the woods behind the school.”

Paula Page, Chairperson Parent Council at Foyers Primary School, said: “The school is rurally located and surrounded by forest with just 16 pupils attending. There are many constraints on the school site and the Forbes generosity means in the future the children's play area will incorporate woodland and wildlife habitats and the school car park can now be extended, making the environment safer for the children. All of this will have a very positive impact on the children. Donald and Lyn have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community and supported the school for many years. Loch Ness Shores has also welcomed visits from the local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Units and Nursery, indeed the wider community to join in the annual fireworks night and other celebrations.”

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