Published: 12/10/2017 23:34 - Updated: 12/10/2017 23:38

Badenoch MSP urges groups to apply to new rural fund

Written byTom Ramage

Kate Forbes MSP

Badenoch’s MSP is calling on local groups to apply to the new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Ms Forbes wasted no time in suggesting the community organisations in her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency made a move to share in the new £6m pot just announced by the Scottish Government in response to the tourism boom across rural Scotland.

The money will be invested over the course of two years (2018/19 and 2019/20) to help ensure the services and facilities tourists and communities need are provided.

A wide range of improvement projects will be supported, such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and footpath access, in various as well as at Historic Environment Scotland sites.

The local Holyrood member stressed: "The tourist industry is vital to the Highland economy, which attracts visitors from all over the world each year.

"The new Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund will help cater to the very welcome increasing tourist numbers in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch and help alleviate pressure on transport, services and facilities.

"This support for infrastructure will enable even more people to enjoy this most beautiful country in the world and is an example of the Scottish Government listening to and responding to the needs of rural Scotland."

It is understood that more details on the application process will be available soon.

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