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The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund is now closed for applications. 

If you have any queries about the fund or your application please contact CountrySportsFundEnquiries@visitscotland.com.

About the fund

The £1 million fund was delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and was developed with the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

The fund was aimed at providing lifeline support to:

  1. Sporting agencies – Sporting agencies bring tourists to Scotland to participate in country sports. Agencies will facilitate and arrange the various key elements of the sporting holiday, which includes but is not limited to sporting activity, accommodation, equipment provision, and food and drink. 
  2. Guided sporting services – Sporting guides bring tourists to Scotland to participate in country sports. Guides tend to take a more practical approach by being in the field or on the water with customers while they conduct sporting activity. Guided sporting activities include but are not limited to game shooting, deer stalking, falconry, wildfowling, ferreting, gun dog training, target shooting, fly fishing, coarse angling and sea angling.  
  3. Land-based sporting businesses – Land-based sporting businesses that manage land for country sports tourism. Activities include but are not limited to shooting, deer stalking and fishing. 
  4. Fishing charter operators – Boats run for the primary purpose of guided recreational fishing charters, i.e. where additional activities such as diving or nature watching trips are less than 25% of total turnover. 

Find out more about funding opportunities in our funding section.