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Lossiemouth to trial tourist information office at Easter

By Chris Saunderson

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A NEW visitor information centre is being trialled in Lossiemouth over the Easter holidays.

The new bridge makes it easy for visitors to access the stunning east beach. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The new bridge makes it easy for visitors to access the stunning east beach. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

It will be based in the Lossiemouth Community Development (LCDT) offices on Pitgaveny Street, near Station Park.

The information centre is a partnership project between the LCDT and the town’s tourism sub-group. It will be staffed by volunteers from the community.

They will be able to answer questions, give directions, and provide maps and leaflets on the area.

The information centre will be trialled over the Easter holidays as a pilot to evaluate the viability of providing an extended service over the summer.

LCDT chairwoman Fiona Conti said: “LCDT works for the community to make Lossiemouth a better place to live, work and visit. Feedback from our 2021 community consultation highlighted a need for more information about what’s on offer locally, to help both locals and visitors get the most from the town.

“We opened the new office on Pitgaveny Street last year. It’s a great location for us, since it overlooks Station Park, which we are in the process of acquiring from the council for the community.

“But it’s also proved a great location to support the community. There’s a large meeting room for hire and now, with the reception area transformed, we’re looking forward to welcoming the public into the new information centre.”

Development Officer, Alison Read added: “The new bridge has brought more visitors to Lossiemouth but has created a honeypot effect around Clifton Road.

“Lossiemouth has so much to offer, the lighthouse, the planes, the heritage and of course, the two beautiful beaches.

“But visitors are often unaware or unsure what else there is to see and do in and around the area and businesses outwith the immediate area are missing out on footfall.”

There is little signage, no central point for information, no co-ordination of events and no responsible presence to ask, said Alison, so it is hoped a more cohesive experience for visitors will encourage them to spend longer in the town and support local businesses, as well as providing info on events for locals

Tourism chairwoman, Donna McLean added: “Within Moray, there are no longer any official Visit Scotland information centres. During our research, we visited Cullen and Rothes, who were very welcoming, and we’re very grateful for the helpful insights they shared.

“The goal is that this will become self-sufficient, to be able to provide paid employment. Until that point, we’re extremely grateful for our wonderful volunteers, who have stepped forward to share their knowledge, and their love of Lossie.”

It will be open every day (excluding Sundays) from Good Friday to Saturday, April 13, from10am to 1pm.

To volunteer, email alison@lossietrust.org

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