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New north east visitor attraction opens for school holidays

Issued: 28 Jun 2007

A visitor centre that focuses on the natural heritage of the north coast of Caithness will open in time for the school holidays.

'Seadrift' ~ the visitor centre where land meets sea and sky is located at Dunnet sands about 1 mile from the village of Dunnet. As well as being a visitor centre, Seadrift is used as a base for Highland Council's Rangers.

Visitors to the centre can view an exhibition about seabirds and their 'life on the ledge'; the Pentland Firth and its marine life as well as the wildlife of the dunes, farmland and forest. The exhibition also highlights what is special about Dunnet Bay throughout the seasons. There is plenty for children to do at the centre ~ they can size-up against height and weight charts and scales so that they can compare themselves to the local wildlife.

Mary Legg, Highland Council's Caithness Ranger said: "There is plenty here to entertain and inform all ages and interests. Visitors can pop in and try out the touchscreens. The images are excellent and the stories woven around them will take people to the heart of this fascinating part of the world."

Managed by The Highland Council's Planning and Development Service, ~Seadrift~ is the new name for the recently refurbished Ranger base. The centre has seen a complete makeover with £100,000 funding from The Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, LEADER+ and HIE Caithness and Sutherland.

The centre is open daily (except Saturdays) during May, June and September from 2 - 5.30pm and in July and August from 10:30am - 5.30pm. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

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