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Article published 05/07/2023

Scalloway Caravan Park, which received funding from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF), has been officially opened.

The park, at Asta, also achieved its five-star Touring Park Quality Assurance award on its first grading visit.

Steve Mathieson, our Development Manager for Shetland, attended an event to cut the ribbon and declare the park officially open.

Steve Matheson, VisitScotland, cutting the opening ribbon for Scalloway Touring ParkSteve Matheson, VisitScotland, cutting the opening ribbon for Scalloway Touring Park. Credit: John Hunter

The funding of £375,000 was applied for through Shetland Islands Council (SIC) in round three of the RTIF and awarded to Scalloway Community Development Company (SCDC).

This partnership project between SIC and SCDC plugged a key gap in local provision of facilities for camping, caravans and motorhomes in Shetland. It also met the growing demand for motorhome facilities.

The development includes the provision of 10 motorhome/caravan overnight bays with toilets and shower facilities, waste disposal and recycling points.

RTIF projects such as this one at Scalloway will help to ensure our visitor destinations remain sustainable for years to come. RTIF is an important part of Scotland becoming a sustainable tourism destination in line with the national tourism and economic strategy. 

It was created by the Scottish Government to make infrastructure improvements in rural areas experiencing high visitor numbers, for the benefit of both visitors and the wider community. 

It focuses on delivering projects that increase access to facilities and encouraging sustainable travel, such as the installation of EV charge points and e-bike facilities. 

What is the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund?

The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) was established by the Scottish Government and the Fund is managed by VisitScotland on its behalf. To date, £18 million of grant funding has been awarded to 74 projects across rural Scotland, since the start of the Fund in 2018. 

RTIF is designed to support collaborative projects which focus on improving the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that are facing pressure on their infrastructure and communities as a result of  visitor numbers.

Find out more about RTIF

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