A member of the Scottish Parliament has called for another look at plans for a ski resort on Ben Wyvis.

The area is both highly visible and easily accessible from Inverness. A number of skiing and recreational developments on the south side of the mountain have been proposed over the years, but none have yet been developed.

The UK government decided against the ski resort project back in the 1980s and it hasn't been considered since. But now, MSP Jamie Stone has persuaded the Scottish government to revisit the proposal.

The mountain reaches a height of 1046 metres and is covered by a national nature reserve which is rich in flora and fauna.

Ben Wyvis was part of the Cromartie Estate for many years, and owned by the Clan Mackenzie, who have lived at Castle Leod for the last 500 years. It was used primarily as a deer forest and sheep and cattle grazing, but is now attracting approximately 4000 visitors each year, with walkers making the largest contribution to numbers.

The Scottish ski resorts of [R2781R, CairnGorm Mountain], [R2618R, Glenshee], [R2108R, Glencoe], [R1920R, Nevis Range], and [R1998R, The Lecht] enjoyed early opening due to the heavy snowfalls in November and December. The Scottish government welcomed the economic benefits to the early season's start.

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