Perthshire firm Highland Fling Bungee has celebrated its 2nd birthday with words of praise from local MSP John Swinney and VisitScotland chief, Mike Cantlay.
Officials from the adventure sport company presented a special cake and t-shirt to Ian McCorquodale (32) from Glasgow for being the first official jumper on its second anniversary.
Highland Fling Bungee brought the UK’s first permanent bridge bungee jump to Perthshire in May 2011, opening its visionary bungee pod at Garry Bridge.
Since then, it has welcomed 12 089 jumpers to Killiecrankie from all over the world, bringing millions to the local economy and sustaining 3 full-time and 15 part-time jobs.
Perthshire North MSP John Swinney, a long-standing supporter of the project, passed on special birthday wishes, paying tribute to the economic impact of bungee jumping.
“I was delighted to attend the launch of Highland Fling Bungee two years ago at Killiecrankie. It is a dynamic project and one which has brought a lot of positive media attention to the area. Its growth represents a real success story for Highland Perthshire, attracting jumpers and visitors from five continents.
“The fact it has generated client figures beyond its own projections is commendable and I wish the company continued success.”
Chairman of VisitScotland, Dr Mike Cantlay was also an early visitor to the 40 metre high platform which towers above River Garry.
He feels the advent of bungee jumping has added something unique to Scotland’s adventure sport offering.
“I would like to congratulate Highland Fling Bungee on this fantastic achievement and wish the company continued success,” he said.
“The fact that thousands of thrill-seekers from all over the world have experienced the joy of jumping at Killiecrankie has helped to cement Scotland’s reputation as the adventure capital of Europe.”
As well as being UK pioneers, Highland Fling created Europe’s first night-time bungee jumps.
The company has hosted clients of all ages, from 14 year olds to Scotland’s oldest bungee jumper, John Macdonald of Eriskay, who jumped on his 80th birthday.
Serviceman Private Scott Meenagh also became the first double amputee to jump in Scotland and the company has opened a second site at Titan Crane, Clydebank.
Partners, the National Trust for Scotland, are delighted at the win-win partnership between the two companies.
A portion of every jump fee goes back into the Trust’s conservation of the area while Highland Fling operate from the Trust’s Visitor Centre at Killiecrankie.
Ben Notley, Property Manager for the Trust’s North Perthshire Properties said: “National Trust for Scotland is delighted with the way our partnership with Highland Fling Bungee has worked over the last two years. For us it’s brought the Pass of Killiecrankie and the Trust to the attention of a whole new audience, and Highland Fling clients have benefited from the facilities we provide. We look forward with great confidence to continuing our successful and ground- breaking partnership.”