The Scottish Government is to establish a £6 million fund to provide investment in
infrastructure to support sustainable growth in rural tourism across Scotland.
The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund aims to help ensure the services and facilities
tourists and communities need are provided.
Latest figures indicate notable increases in visitor numbers to rural tourism sites
in certain areas.
The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects – such as parking,
camping facilities, recycling points and footpath access.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland’s islands and rural communities attract
visitors from across the globe.
“The tourist boom that our country is enjoying is great news. It means more jobs
and investment but it can also mean pressure on transport, services and facilities
– especially in rural areas. The Scottish Government is determined to help.”
The new fund is expected to launch in early 2018 and will be administered by public
sector partners working with local authorities, with input from communities and the
industry to identify projects requiring support.