Scotland’s new reindeer centre opens in time for Christmas

SCOTTISH county Caithness sees the profitable opening the doorways of its new reindeer centre in time for the vacation season.

Lichen Caithness is house to Sven, Levvi and Mr Antlers, who’re the UK’s most northerly reindeer.

The animals are the celebs of the centre’s day by day reindeer experiences, which give guests the possibility to study in regards to the reindeer habitat, meals sources, and climate-specific variations.

Guests to the centre also can feed them with reindeer moss, in addition to having the ability to take pleasure in a deluxe scorching chocolate with marshmallows toasted over a hearth or in a Nordic-style Kota hut.

Male reindeer can weigh as much as 250 kilograms – over thrice the load of a mean human

With no different opponents within the far north of Scotland, husband-and-wife, Chris and Elizabeth Irwin, opened the reindeer centre after contemplating the concept for nearly 20 years.

They approached Enterprise Gateway, Scotland’s nationwide enterprise advisory service, in June 2023 with a imaginative and prescient to carry the animals to the native space.

The duo accessed Enterprise Gateway’s start-up assist, together with one-to-one steerage from a enterprise adviser, in addition to recommendation on their marketing strategy, advertising, and funding.

Enterprise Gateway Highland assisted them with the Highland Council’s Enterprise Progress Grant and the Caithness Enterprise Fund, which helped to get the enterprise off the bottom. 

Since opening in August, Lichen Caithness has welcomed a lot of guests, together with each locals and vacationers.

The staff has cast hyperlinks with a preferred hotelier on the NC500 route, which has contributed to a gradual improve in guests as phrase continues to unfold in regards to the centre.

The staff at the moment are getting ready for what they anticipate to be a really busy festive season.

Chris Irwin, director, mentioned: “Each the assist from Enterprise Gateway and the start-up grant have benefitted us massively.

“We’ll proceed to work with native suppliers to advertise our stunning centre, and we stay up for persevering with to work with Enterprise Gateway because the enterprise continues to develop.”

Jennifer Irvine, Enterprise Gateway adviser, mentioned: “It’s been improbable to assist Chris and Elizabeth this yr, and to see simply how nicely obtained the reindeer centre has been with locals and vacationers alike.

“Like many others, I’m very a lot trying ahead to visiting the gorgeous reindeer this Christmas and in years to come back.”

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