Pitlochry’s Wild Space visitor centre smashes through 100k barrier

Trust celebrates milestone for our Pitlochry visitor centre

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Three and half years after it opened, the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space Visitor Centre in Pitlochry has welcomed its 100,000th visitor through the door.

The centre opened on April 2013 as the Trust was celebrating John Muir’s 150th birthday. It tells the story of Scotland’s wildest places through film, audio, images, stone and wood.

Jane Grimley, the Wild Space Manager, said: “When we opened, we could never be sure whether our new visitor centre would soar like an eagle, or sink like a stone. We can now say it has been a resounding success, with an average of 95 visitors a day from all over the world.

“They love coming here to spend 20 minutes getting an insight into Scotland’s glorious landscape. Through our four audio journeys, they can conjure up the sounds and stories of the Skye coastline, the Knoydart peninsula, Sandwood Bay and Ben Nevis. They can watch our beautiful film, Essential Wildness, with its heartfelt plea to protect nature.

“And they can view spectacular images of Scotland’s glorious landscape and wildlife, and browse our specialist bookshop with its unique collection of classic and contemporary writings on land, mountaineering and ecology.

“Wild Space has also become an important cultural hub for locals and visitors, hosting regular talks and book signings by some of our greatest nature writers, while the Alan Reece Gallery holds regular exhibitions showcasing the works of established and up-and-coming landscape artists and photographers.”

The current exhibition (showing from 24 October to 4 November 2016) features the ten winning images of the 2015 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year - John Muir Trust Wild Places Prizes.

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^ Loch Assynt, Sutherland by Dietmar Herzog (winner of the John Muir Trust Wild Places Prize, Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year)