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Award winning outdoor centre expands with acquisition

Craggan Outdoors, the Grantown-on-Spey based outdoor activity centre that was recognised as ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2012, has announced that it has expanded it’s operation with the purchase of Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, also in Grantown-on-Spey.

The purchase, completed on 28th March, gives Craggan Outdoors – which specializes in working with customer groups from a wide range of sectors – an additional 24 beds to add to the 33 that it already has through it’s existing bunkhouse & bothy accommodation. Ardenbeg on Grant Road in Grantown-on-Spey is a long established bunkhouse that has served visitors to the area since the 1970s, & has since 2000 been owned & operated by Rebecca Reid who has further developed it’s trade & enhanced it’s reputation.

Commenting on the purchase, Keith Ballam, owner & director of Craggan Outdoors said: “We are very excited to have been able to take the opportunity to expand our business with the purchase of Ardenbeg. It is a completely natural fit with our existing business, & aswell as giving additional accommodation capacity which will be very welcome at weekends & other key periods across the year, it also presents an opportunity to further expand the business in securing increased activity bookings from groups staying at Ardenbeg.”

Outgoing owner Rebecca Reid added: “I am delighted to be passing Ardenbeg Bunkhouse on to Craggan Outdoors. The original idea for the bunkhouse was conceived by the mountaineer Peter Cliff who ran it for 25 years, followed by 13 years under my ownership, and I am sure he will be delighted that his legacy is continuing in a similar vein. I wish the new owners every success." Rebecca will now concentrate her efforts on running The Red Sock Launderette & Cleaning service from its location in the High Street in Grantown-on-Spey.

Ballam concluded: “We wish Rebecca every success in building up the Red Sock, & we’ll certainly be retaining their services to help us maintain the high standards that we’ve inherited at Ardenbeg, & of course which are already a hallmark of Craggan Outdoors’ customer service.”

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