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What is the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund?

The increasing popularity of outstanding scenic areas stimulated by marketing successes such as the North Coast 500, film tourism and the huge growth in cruise liner arrivals has led to rapid increases in visitor numbers. This has resulted in some areas, at certain times of the year, experiencing pressure on infrastructure and negative impacts on some local communities.

On 10 October 2017 the First Minister announced a £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to address some of these concerns. 

Administered by VisitScotland, this fund will support sustainable, well planned, inspiring, and collaborative infrastructure projects that focus on improving the visitor experience and enable more visitors to enjoy Scotland’s rural communities.

 

Who can apply?

The types of project that could be supported include parking, camping facilities, disposal points (especially for camper vans) and toilet provision.

The fund is a platform which will provide leverage of additional and focused investment, stimulate collaboration and build capacity within communities.

Successful applications must demonstrate the following:

  • A visitor or community pressure point due to increased visitor numbers
  • An enhanced visitor experience 
  • A sustainable approach
  • Community capacity building
  • Effective partnerships and collaboration
  • Project viability and deliverability

The deadline for expressions of interest for round two of the fund is 31 October 2018.

If you have any further queries, please email RTIF@visitscotland.com

RTF Fund - Terms and conditions

Published: May 2018

Detailed criteria for applicants, with guidelines and information about who can apply for the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund

RTIF - Frequently asked questions

Published: August 2018

Our detailed FAQs explain who is eligible to apply, how the application process works, and how the scheme is run

RTIF: Expression of interest round 2

Published: August 2018

Complete and return this form to apply for the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund