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REOPENING OF WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR ICE CLIMBING FACILITY EXPECTED SOON

The owner of Ice Factor Kinlochleven, the world’s largest indoor ice climbing facility has advised that the west highland, multi-million pound indoor adventure attraction will not reopen this month (January 2016).

The £3.4 million facility, that includes the National Ice-Climbing Centre and is one of Scotland’s major adventure tourism destinations, has been closed since 29 July when an accidental fire broke out in the sauna area of the 119 year-old building.

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Jamie Smith explained: “In the autumn, I was optimistic of reopening Ice Factor Kinlochleven this month (January 2016).  However, while the team has made terrific progress within the building, there is a need to invest further time and money to completely remove smoke contamination within the ventilation and heating systems. This must be undertaken before we can reopen.

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“It is hugely disappointing to have this further delay though I continue to be heartened by the understanding and patience of our many customers.

“I do very much look forward to being in a position to reopen the doors of the world’s largest ice-climbing facility.”  Stay tuned, we will let you know shortly.

Smith estimates the closure since late July and subsequent repairs has already cost the business in excess of £980,000.

Ice Factor Kinlochleven first opened in 2003.  The parent company, Ice Factor International also owns Snow Factor Braehead, Scotland’s only indoor real snow facility and which offers enthusiasts of all ages and ability the chance to ice-climb, ski, snowboard, sledge and ice-luge.