New public toilets and motorhome waste facilities have officially been opened at the Falls of Foyers in the Scottish Highlands.
The new toilet facilities offer four new public toilets, one accessible toilet, baby changing facilities, chemical waste disposal, and grey water waste disposal.
The design and construction of the toilet facilities and waste disposal considered the natural surroundings whilst accommodating for the needs of the public.
Destination development director at VisitScotland, Chris Taylor, said: “This is a dual-location Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) project, along with a site in Fort Augustus, and it is great to see that the new toilet block – including waste disposal point for motorhomes – in the car park of the Falls of Foyers, is now completed, in time for the summer visitors.
“These facilities will help alleviate the pressure on the infrastructure of the local area, as well as the environment. The addition of the new toilet block will enhance the visitor experience at Foyers, particularly for those undertaking the Loch Ness 360° Trail.”
The Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council and Trust hosted the opening ceremony on Friday 16 June.
The event marked a significant milestone following an extensive infrastructure improvement project, supported by the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) and match funded by Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust, SSE Renewables, The Highland Council and Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).
The Falls of Foyers project was part of dual location project that has also seen the creation of a motorhome waste unit in Fort Augustus delivered by the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company.
The project demonstrates best practise and cohesive working partnership to improve local visitor infrastructure, mitigate issues and help people enjoy the outdoors in a responsible and socially conscious way.
Aird and Loch Ness Ward 12 Member, Cllr Chris Ballance said: “Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund and partnership match funding is vitally important as it enables communities to help make meaningful changes that are sustainable and environmentally conscious.
“Public toilets and motorhome waste facilities were a high priority for the community and will improve the visitor experience by providing amenities and much needed chemical waste disposal facilities to cater for the significant rise in motorhome and campervan users to the popular Loch Ness area.”