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Scotland’s rural areas and breathtaking scenery attract numerous visitors each year Scotland’s rural areas and breathtaking scenery attract numerous visitors each year

New Fund Created to Boost Rural Tourism – VisitScotland

A new fund designed to help rural areas across Scotland invest into the quality of their tourism offering has begun accepting applications.

Scotland’s national tourist board, VisitScotland, will administer the GPB6 million (EUR6.86 million) Scottish Government Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund. VisitScotland revealed that the growing popularity of the country’s scenic areas, as well as increasing film tourism interest and other successful initiatives, was leading to an influx of visitors to some of the country’s more remote destinations.

Fiona Hyslop, tourism secretary, Scotland, recently revealed the Fairy Pools, Neist Point on Skye and the Standing Stones of Stenness on Orkney attractions had already received up to GBP480,000 (EUR548,700) towards the completion of urgent works ahead of the main tourist season.

“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, bringing jobs and investment to many rural communities across the country,” remarked Hyslop. “While visitor numbers increase, it is important communities have the infrastructure to support this. This fund will help more rural communities improve visitor experiences to ensure our world-class destinations can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Other local authorities and national park authorities now have until July 27 to submit applications.