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Rowardennan Business Opportunity

We are now seeking expressions of interest to lease the property at Rowardennan.  This building acts as a welcome for the 35,000 people who climb Ben Lomond each year.

 

Rowardennan sits at the northern end of Loch Lomond providing access to Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond. This iconic mountain attracts 30,000 visitors per year, partly due to its proximity to Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. Ben Lomond is described as a moderate hill walk, so is an achievable summer challenge for many visitors to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, affording world class panoramic views of mainland UK’s largest inland body of water, the highland boundary and mountains to the north.

Scotland’s most popular Long Distance Route, the West Highland Way travels through Rowardennan which is a popular resting spot for the 35,000 people from across the world who walk it each year.

Rowardennan benefits from both hotel and hostel accommodation and is popular with overnight and day visitors, with regular summer water bus services arriving from the bustling tourist villages of Luss and Tarbet on the western shore of Loch Lomond.

Our former ranger station and public convenience acts as the gateway to Ben Lomond as climbers make their way through the building to begin their ascent. The building currently comprises a public convenience, circular interpretation area and office accommodation.

The opportunity

We are seeking a commercial tenant to develop a high quality visitor offer from our former ranger base at Rowardennan. The business will operate for 7 x days per week from April to October, with the possibility of extending this to the winter months. As a National Park tenant, any customer facing staff will be knowledgeable about the local area, providing visitor information and recommendations and will engage with National Park surveys and service level agreements. The tenant will be responsible for cleaning, stocking and maintaining the existing public conveniences in the building and has the opportunity to develop the internal area to suit their offer (subject to consents and permissions being obtained).

Suggested uses include retail and café/kiosk serving hill walkers, West Highland Way users and day visitors. There may also be an opportunity to act as a ticketing hub for cruise and water bus services.

Specification

The current toilet areas must be retained as a public convenience, leaving the remaining floor space as a potential development opportunity (subject to necessary permissions and consents being obtained).

  • Total gross internal area: 1,100 sqft (102.19sqm)
  • Description: Public convenience
  • Rateable value £15,500
  • Mains electricity
  • Water supply
  • Preferred uses – retail, café/kiosk
  • Term
  • Up to 10 years

Expected rental

The expected base rental value is in the region of £300 per calendar month (ex VAT).

Interested?

Proposals will be considered from businesses who:

  • Propose a high quality, customer focussed offer
  • Can demonstrate a sound business proposal and partnership approach
  • Can demonstrate sound financial standing
  • Can demonstrate pro-active approach to providing visitor information
  • To note your interest please email charlie@investinthepark.org with a short description of your proposed business type and a summary of your experience. Following receipt of interest notes we will move to a formal bidding process, details of which will be issued to all interested parties.

If you would like further information or to arrange a viewing of the property, please contact charlie.croft@lochlomond-trossachs.org or call 01389 722009 (Monday to Friday).

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