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Ice Factor Kinlochleven to reopen in March, say owners

Climber at Ice Factor Kinlochleven Image copyright Ice Factor International
Image caption Ice Factor Kinlochleven was shut by a fire last summer

The world's largest indoor ice climbing facility will reopen to the public on 18 March, its owners have said.

Ice Factor Kinlochleven has been shut since 29 July last year when an accidental fire broke out in the sauna area of the building.

Nobody was hurt in the incident and the structure of the 120-year-old former Victorian smelter survived.

The clean up has involved melting and removing walls of ice and cleaning thousands of individual handholds.

Jamie Smith, of Ice Factor International, said staff had made a "huge effort" to reopen the site.

Ice Factor Kinlochleven first opened in 2003.

Ice Factor International also owns Snow Factor Braehead on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Image copyright Ice Factor
Image caption Ice Factor Kinlochleven first opened in 2003
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Image caption The structure of the 120-year-old building survived the fire

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