Larch cladding from BSW Timber has been used in the construction of a new restaurant at the base of the Nevis Range mountain gondola, near Fort William.

Located at the foot of Aonach Mor, the Pinemarten restaurant replaces a small coffee shop which was more than 20 years old.

Larch cladding from Loch Arkaig was selected to complement the natural surroundings of the restaurant, which commands good views of the mountain. The new restaurant will also include laminated wooden beams and a state-of-the-art woodfuel boiler to heat the new building and adjacent offices, helping the Nevis Range to reduce its carbon footprint.

“The appeal of larch cladding is broad; it’s versatile, attractive and the raw materials are grown in the UK. We want people to recognise that quality British larch is an ideal option for a wide array of purposes,” said BSW marketing manager Eve Johnson.

She added that the project demonstrated how FSC-certified larch cladding products could be used to “stunning visual effect”, while supporting the natural environment and using local materials.