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Scottish Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

On 10 October 2017 the First Minister announced a £6 million Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) to address some of these concerns and a further £3 million was announced by the Scottish Government for a third round of funding in 2020.
Administered by VisitScotland. Page 4 shows the link to the RTIF article.

A List of all those relating to Motorhomes, across all three Rounds of Funding;

Round One, Approved Projects.

Argyll & Bute Council. Fionnphort Car Park Improvements £58,930. Upgrade to the Columba Centre car park at Fionnphort to provide space for campervans and dedicated disabled parking.

Highland Council. Storr Parking & Visitor Facilities £300,000. New toilet and motorhome facilities at Storr to support walkers, cars, coaches and cyclists which will complement the car parking development already underway.

Highland Council. Lochcarron North Coast 500 £129,325. Five enhanced viewpoints on the 11.5 m stretch of the Lochcarron – Bealach na Ba road between Tornapress and Applecross with parking spaces for motorhomes.

Highland Council. Mallaig - Traigh Motorhome Facilities £286,286.50. New toilet and motorhome service facilities at Mallaig and the refurbishment of the existing but disused toilets at Traigh Beach with improved signage and information.

Cairngorms National Park. Muir of Dinnet £60,000. Improvements to the car parking and toilet facilities and provide waste disposal facilities to address demand and prevent roadside parking.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Tourism Outer Hebrides 2020 £230,000. A multi partner project to develop an Island wide network of facilities and infrastructure to improve the visitor experience including car parks, campervan service points, electrical hook up points and signage.

Highland Council. Motorhome Facilities - The Cludgie Project £50,050. Provision waste disposal and fresh water supply facility for motorhomes/campervans in Lochinver.

Highland Council. Glenfinnan Parking £269,906. Additional parking to cater for 100 cars and 10 motorhomes/buses in Glenfinnan attracted by the Harry Potter films to the viaduct and the steam train.

Dumfries & Galloway Council. Raiders Road - Otter Pool £58,000. Refurbished toilets and improved access to the water’s edge. Recycling and disposal waste system at Clatteringshaws for visitors and mobile home users.

Round Two:

Argyll & Bute Council. Gigha Camp and Motorhome Site £171,000. Provision of motorhome and camping facilities adjacent to the Gigha ferry terminal with recycling and waste facilities for motorhome users, toilets, showers and laundry facilities for visitors.

Highland Council. Portree Parking £300,000. Expansion parking area and provision of motorhome facilities to cope with visitor demand at Portree. The project will create an extended hardstanding area in west Bayfield carpark, providing more parking spaces, day parking for motorhomes with waste and water facilities.

Argyll & Bute Council. Ulva Ferry Shore Facilities Development £250,000. This project will provide additional parking, motorhome hard standings, electric hook ups and waste disposal facilities to reduce visitor pressure at Ulva Ferry on Mull.

Subject to Conditions;

Highland Council. Cromarty Tourism Development Project £300,000. There has been a 30% growth in the traffic on the Nigg-Cromarty Ferry. Highland Council and Cromarty Community Development Trust aim to provide campervan facilities including hard standing, waste disposal and toilets along with improved slipways for the Cromarty-Nigg ferry.

Round Three ; Subject to Conditions.

Aberdeenshire Council. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR) Parking and Toilet Improvements £201,925. A partnership project between Aberdeenshire Council and NatureScot to upgrade and expand the car parking at St Cyrus National Nature Reserve to provide an additional 40 parking spaces for cars and motorhomes to cope with increased visitor numbers at the site. The project includes refurbishment of the toilets to include a changing places standard toilet, and provision of additional cycling racks, EV charge points and a chemical disposal point.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority. Trossachs Visitor Management Project £375,000. A partnership project between the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, SS Sir Walter Scott Trust and Forestry and Land Scotland. The project will address a number of the issues seen over the past few years with increasing visitor pressure in the Trossachs. Activity will include additional motorhome, car parking and cyclist provision at Trossachs Pier, Ben A'an and Stronachlachar. Provision of new toilet facilities at Trossachs Pier and improved signage and orientation provision to manage visitors through the Trossachs.

Aberdeenshire Council. Glenshee Toilet Improvements £TBC. Replacement of the current toilets owned by Aberdeenshire Council at Glenshee with new, fully accessible toilet facilities and showers with 24hr/ 365 days access for walkers, climbers and visitors on the Snow Roads Scenic Route and a gateway to Royal Deeside. The project will also provide a grey and wastewater disposal point for motorhomes, new cycle facilities and an EB charge point.

Shetland Islands Council. Scalloway Camping and Recreational Facility (SCARF) £253,428. A partnership project between Shetland Islands Council and the Scalloway Community Development Company to plug a key gap in local provision of facilities for camping, caravans and motorhomes in Shetland, and meet the growing demand for motorhome facilities. The development will include provision for 10 motorhome/caravan overnight bays with toilets and shower facilities, waste disposal and recycling points.

Highland Council. Kinlochewe Tourist Facilities £TBC. A partnership between Highland Council and Community Out West Trust in Kinlochewe to provide new carbon neutral toilets and shower facilities, and CWD facility adjacent to Kinlochewe River on the NC500 route.

Highland Council. The Cludgie Project - Phase Two £102,345. Phase Two proposal by Highland Council and Assynt Development Trust which will see the completion of the motorhome provision and waste disposal unit at this key location on the NC500.
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Update 19 March 2021; Scottish Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

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The Scottish Government, 19 March 2021. .

We're providing £2.75 million to support rural tourism in Scotland.
This will help rural areas welcome back visitors when #coronavirus restrictions are eased later this year. The funding will be used to provide more:
🔹 Seasonal rangers
🔹 Temporary toilets
🔹 Car parking
🔹 Campervan facilities
Find out more ➡️

Details from the above Link;

Supporting rural tourism
Published: 19 Mar 2021 00:01
Part of: Arts, culture and sport
Preparing for increased visitor numbers this summer.

More seasonal rangers, temporary toilets, car parking and campervan facilities will help rural areas to welcome back visitors when coronavirus restrictions are eased.

The work – supported by £2.75 million to be administered through the NatureScot Better Places Fund – comes after countryside hotspots saw a marked increase in tourists last year, resulting in issues such as a lack of services, littering and antisocial behaviour.

A multiagency Visitor Management Steering Group has published a list of actions to ensure rural communities are prepared, including:

investment in infrastructure and facilities, including doubling the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund to £6.2 million
engagement with Police Scotland who will work closely with communities and 14 Partnerships Against Rural Crime Groups to help manage challenging behaviour
a review of existing guidance where needed, in particular on managing camping with tents and starting fires
a VisitScotland led marketing campaign to raise awareness of how to explore the countryside responsibly
Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“Whilst for now the ‘stay at home’ message remains, we can all look forward to enjoying Scotland’s unmatched tourism offering when the sector restarts. As people flock back to our beautiful rural areas, we want to make sure these communities are ready to welcome back increased visitor numbers, especially as international travel may not be possible for some time yet.

“The collaboration between the Scottish Government and partners on the Visitor Management Group has been exceptional and I am confident we have a robust set of plans to prepare for a successful Scottish summer season. We’ve published a list of actions we will take to mitigate some of the challenges from last summer and this one off funding will complement local authorities’ visitor management plans and provide some additional short term support for the 2021 season.

“We’ve long supported rural tourism through the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund and I’m pleased to announce that the fourth round of funding will open imminently for applications so rural communities can continue to reap the benefits of a thriving tourism industry.”

Francesca Osowska, NatureScot Chief Executive, said:

“NatureScot is committed to helping everyone to be able to enjoy Scotland’s outdoors. This new £2.75 million will allow us to further invest – through Round Two of our Better Places Green Recovery Fund – in visitor infrastructure, and the skills needed to build and maintain improvements so that we can all access and enjoy nature easily and safely.

“Investing in nature, including in visitor management, is a key part of a green recovery: providing jobs; addressing nature loss; and tackling climate change. Round 2 of our Better Places Fund will support Local Authorities, as well as community groups, charities and NGOs, to make further improvements to visitor management during the 2021 season and I encourage you to submit your applications for this crucial work as soon as possible.”


Local authorities and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £75,000 per site, which will be administered through NatureScot’s Better Places Fund Round 2

The work of the Visitor Management Group has been led by VisitScotland in close collaboration with NatureScot, Police Scotland, National Park Authorities, Forestry and Land Scotland, local authorities, Transport Scotland and others.

The group focused on three areas including Education and Marketing, Investment and Infrastructure, and Prevention, Regulation & Reassurance.

The budget allocation for the National Parks has been increased by £4.6 million in 2021-2022, including £1m to help with visitor management. A further £750,000 has been granted to NatureScot for visitor management at the National Nature Reserves.
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Re: Scottish Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

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Don't want to usurp your thread Paul but here is the updated position on approved applications. Perth and Kinross, my particular interest, and one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland ;) , has had 2 approvals, only one at Aberfeldy offering a facility for motorhomes.

Stage 2 application for Round 4 funding has to be completed by 10 September, but I have no idea what, if any, are in PKC pipeline, though I've asked the question! ... ure-fund#1
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