10 tourism projects receive funding from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
A total of £3 million has been awarded to 10 tourism projects across Scotland to improve visitor facilities and access and to promote low-carbon transport options.
The projects have all been recommended for approval - subject to conditions - to receive cash from round five of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).
Managed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the RTIF was created to improve the quality of the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that have faced pressure on their infrastructure due to an increase in visitor numbers.
It aims to reduce the impact of visitor numbers on local communities and facilities and create a more collaborative and sustainable approach to infrastructure provision and long-term maintenance of local facilities for the benefit of the communities.
Round five of RTIF was extremely competitive with 15 applications considered by the assessment panel, made up of representatives from the Scottish Government, COSLA, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, NatureScot, and Architecture and Design Scotland, as well as VisitScotland.
Round five was open to applications from local authorities and National Park authorities, in partnership with their communities, and focuses on delivering projects that increase access to facilities and encouraging sustainable travel.