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Talks start on future of Mohammed Al Fayed's fire-hit Falls of Shin site

Fire at Falls of Shin
Image caption The main part of the Falls of Shin visitor complex was destroyed in a blaze in May

Discussions have begun on the future of businessman Mohammed Al Fayed's fire-ravaged Falls of Shin Visitor Centre near Lairg in Sutherland.

The main part of the building, which had a restaurant and shop, was destroyed in a blaze in May.

The management team at Mr Al Fayed's Balnagown Estate are looking at what could be rebuilt on the site.

The team is also looking at plans to create a visitor attraction on the estate in Easter Ross.

Spokesman Jonathan Henson said there were significant financial challenges to rebuilding the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre on the same scale as before the fire.

He said: "In this regard, the estate is proposing an extensive consultation with the local community and statutory bodies to identify a viable solution for the Falls of Shin site."

Mr Henson added: "We are pleased to announce that the estate has ambitions to further develop Balnagown's leisure and tourism facilities to provide a visitor attraction nearer to the estate office that local people can be proud of and tourists will want to visit."

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