Visitor Centre News


L – R: Gregor, Erica, Gillian, Roma, Vanessa, Janette and Angus Alex

Another season draws to a close at the Calanais Visitor Centre and time for some of the hard working staff to go back to school and college. The picture shows some of the workers (not working for a change) posing for the camera before they disperse for the close season. Their contribution was vital to the success of the Visitor Centre with positive feed back from the customers about their helpful, pleasant and caring disposition.

It has been another busy and ultimately successful season with the year to the end of august showing an increase of 33% in visitor numbers from the corresponding period last year. An interesting milestone was passed this year in that over £1 million has been put into the local economy by the Visitor Centre since it opened in 1995 this will stand as a tribute to the directors and to the staff who worked there over the years. Our winter project of refurbishing the kitchen paid dividends during the summer, with us being able to cope easier and quicker with serving the large number of visitors coming to the Cafe. With the increase in visitors comes a new challenge as the cafe seating and the shop floor area struggle to cope with the numbers coming through the door. This will be addressed in the near future by the board’s ambitious expansion plans for the Centre.

Thanks are due for all the support we received from our local island customers who keep us going throughout the long winter months when visitors are in short supply and also for their patience and understanding when we were doing our kitchen refurbishment. Many a lunch or coffee break was accompanied, not by the ambiance of the usual Celtic music but by the not so dulcet tones of the Dewalt (band) saw and drill. Thanks also to Alex Murray and his crew who despite all the difficulties of working round us and the visitors, finished the work on time, and with a minimum of fuss.