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Article published 28/01/2019

A number of tourism-related projects received Argyll and the Islands LEADER funding in 2018 to strengthen the rural economy and enhance the services and facilities in the area.

Scottish Canals – Gleaner Oil Site

  • Award: £295,092.94
  • Aims to develop a derelict oil site into a community, heritage and interpretation hub in Ardrishaig, working in partnership with Ardrishaig Community Trust
  • Create a focal point for the village where community use will kick-start village regeneration and tourists will be attracted to stop and explore

First Helensburgh Scout Group – Youth Camp Site

  • Award: £8,743.95
  • Development of a youth camp site at Arden on Loch Lomond by the construction of a composting toilet block with two disability friendly cubicles and associated path work

Balliemeanoch Farmhouse and Steading – Steading Cottages

  • Award: £134,000
  • Investing in development of a traditional farm steading into six holiday letting cottages
  • Funding will cover phase one of the project – developing the first three cottages
  • Project will provide additional capacity in the form of high quality visitor accommodation, enhancing the tourism offering of the Cowal area

Beachcomber Guest House

  • Award: £209,942.45
  • Building and furnishing an eight-bedroom guesthouse on the Isle of Tiree
  • Variety of room sizes with one offering disabled access

Kilmartin Museum – Confirming the significance of Kilmartin Glen’s archaeology

  • Award: £36,760.69
  • Enable the local community to use the local archaeology and landscape to engender local pride and develop the local economy
  • Plans to apply for relevant international and national designations including World Heritage Status and the ‘Recognition’ Scheme operated by Museums Galleries Scotland
  • Increased tourism in the area through greater awareness of the international importance of Kilmartin Glen