A COMMUNITY-owned distillery has lodged plans to begin tours of the new facility.
GlenWyvis Distillery now wants supporters to back the bid with positive comments to Highland Council, which will determine the application.
A statement from the Dingwall distiller said: "We are keen to get as much local support as possible – as we believe tours and visits will bring great benefit to the town of Dingwall.
"Of course, it goes without saying that tours are a vitally important part of any distillery – especially an award-winning one that is already creating jobs and local economic growth. But with our plan for an electric bus shuttle service from Dingwall town centre, the tours will have the added benefit of bringing visitors into Dingwall both before and after every tour."
GlenWyvis, backed by investment from thousands of local people, has already picked up a number of awards including best business start-up at the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards. It believes it can play a role in breathing fresh life into Dingwall’s local economy.
A spokesman said: "We have always had plans for a visitor centre, but in a survey of our members almost 90 per cent stated that they wanted to see any visitor experience located at the distillery itself. We are now doing everything we can to ensure that we deliver this without further delay to minimise any impact on revenue or jobs, both at the distillery and in the local community."
The shuttle bus idea would help minimise concerns over access to the site which overlooks Dingwall. It plans multimedia and story-telling presentations which would begin as soon as visitors get aboard the planned electric bus. It’s hoped this will encourage visitors into the centre of the town first.
Dingwall is on the NC500 route and activists want to see more made of the connection.