All visitors will receive a warm welcome at the start of the West Highland Way from the newly re-opened Milngavie Information Centre.
The centre in Milngavie precinct behind the children’s playpark is now being run by Louise McFarlane under The Unique Company.
Not only will visitors benefit from first-hand knowledge and experience of any problems they may encounter along the route, but they will also have the opportunity to buy personalised, good quality merchandise.
East Dunbartonshire Council is delighted that the Unique Company has agreed to take over the centre, initially on a pilot project until March 2014, with a longer term aim to continue with this unique service.
Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and regeneration committee, said: “The Milngavie Information Centre is in a prime location at the start of the West Highland Way and I am delighted that it will be open for business during the walking season as well as during the winter months.
“It is a great asset for visitors to the area and we are delighted to work in partnership with The Unique Company as they have the right experience and connections to offer customers an excellent service.”
The Unique Company, who also have premises in Drymen, work in partnership with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park serving their online West Highland Way shop.
Louise McFarlane of The Unique Company, added: “As well as stocking all the information, essentials and local crafted souvenirs for Milngavie visitors and West Highland Way walkers, we hope to be just as useful to Milngavie locals as a central location to pick up bus and train timetables, information on local events, groups and clubs and things to do around the area.”
The West Highland Way starts in Milngavie and ends, 96 miles later, in Fort William.
Over 80,000 people from all over the world walk the route every year.
Sections of path at Loch Lomond were expected to be upgraded this year in a £750,000 Scottish Government project funded by their ‘shovel ready’ fund.
One key element of the project was to upgrade an unsafe section of the original shoreline route at Ptarmigan.