Kate Forbes MSP is calling on local groups across the Highlands to apply to the Scottish Government’s new £6m Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund that is now open for applications.

The Scottish Government announced the fund in response to increasing visitor numbers across rural Scotland and in order to help provide the services and facilities that are needed to improve visitor experiences.

The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects – such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and footpath access, in areas such as the North Coast 500 route as well as at Historic Environment Scotland sites.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “Tourism is vital to the Highland economy, which attracts visitors from all over the world each year.

“Last year, there were some infrastructure issues, particularly on the west coast, and I campaigned for the Scottish Government to provide additional funding for rural villages to invest in infrastructure.

“The new £6m Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund was announced in October 2017 by the First Minister.

“It can help to reduce the pressure on local transport, services and facilities across rural Scotland, as well as improving the visitor experience for the increasing number people visiting the Highlands.

“I am delighted that two of the pilot areas are in my constituency, in Skye.

“Local groups across Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch that would like to bid for this funding are encouraged to get their applications in now to avoid disappointment.”

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