Fly me through Dunoon

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An ambitious new project is on the horizon for Dunoon, with plans to take the Argyll town to new heights.

Brendon Wallace, founder and managing partner of BC technologies, has lived in the area for the last 15 years and has announced his ‘exciting new vision’ for the town.

The vision is to instal a cable car system from Dunoon to the top of the hills above the town, with a visitor heritage centre and cafe at the top. This will also allow visitors to explore new trails that for many would otherwise be out of reach on foot or by bike.

The proposals also include a 4km zip line from Bishop’s Seat, over the Bishop’s Glen to the shore at Dunoon’s West. There would also be an Alpine Coaster – a gravity-driven ride with bobsled-like cars on tracks – that will snake its way through the woodland.

But before Mr Wallace and his team’s vision can become a reality the forest above the town and down to Toward needs to be acquired.

The National Forest Land Scheme gives the community the chance to buy National Forest Land where they can provide increased public benefits and they hope the community can acquire the Corlarach forest, allowing access to the forest and the hills between Dunoon and Toward, overlooking Bute.

A public meeting and presentation will be held on the scheme next Tuesday August 15 at the Burgh Hall, Dunoon, starting at midday. Former Sky television chairman Nick Ferguson will speak at a 6pm meeting later that day at the same venue.

To find out more about the project visit www.thedunoonproject.org.uk

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An artistic impression of the cable car proposal. no_a32dunproj01