A new observatory giving 360 degree views of hills, lochs and wildlife is being proposed by the North Harris Trust.

First proposed designs for the woodland viewpoint were published yesterday (Thursday August 2nd) on the trust’s Facebook page.

The idea is to create an elevated viewing spot within the Ardvourlie woodland, on part of the estate between Loch Seaforth and Glen Bhiogadail. The surrounding woodland, planted in 2000 before the creation of the community-owned estate, is already rich with wildlife sheltering in the maturing trees.

The initial design suggests an open, octagonal building with large windows on seven sides and bench seating facing in every direction. A constructed mound covered in turf raises the observatory to increase the panorama. There are no proposed facilities such as toilets.

The trust said: “The chosen site is in an elevated position with incredible 360-degree views, offering locals and tourists a fantastic space to observe not only flora and fauna but also the stars and aurora.” As well as the woodland wildlife, it’s also a vantage point to view eagles, with Golden Eagles and the white-tailed Sea Eagle both nesting and hunting nearby.

The trust say they are in the very first stages of the project and are inviting views from the public, both on the idea and on the suggested designs.