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A total of £3m has been awarded to 10 tourism projects across Scotland, to improve visitor facilities and access and to promote low-carbon transport options.The projects have all been recommended for approval – subject to conditions – to receive cash from round five of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF).Managed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the RTIF was created to improve the quality of the visitor experience in rural parts of Scotland that have faced pressure on their infrastructure due to this increase in visitor numbers. It aims to reduce the impact of visitor numbers on local communities and facilities and create a more collaborative and sustainable approach to infrastructure provision and long-term maintenance of local facilities for the benefit of communities.Round five of RTIF was extremely competitive, with 15 applications considered by the assessment panel, made up of representatives from the Scottish Government, COSLA, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, NatureScot and Architecture and Design Scotland, as well as VisitScotland. Successful applications this round included the first RTIF approval for Renfrewshire Council for Lochwinnoch Boardwalk, in partnership with the RSPB.Round five was open to applications from local authorities and National Park authorities, in partnership with their communities, and focuses on delivering projects that increase access to facilities and encouraging sustainable travel. Round five applications recommended for approval include:
| LA/Nat Park Authority | Project | RTIF funding recommended | Argyll and Bute Council | Glen Lochy and Glen Orchy visitor facilities improvement | £332,334 | Argyll and Bute Council | Staffa Conservation and access infrastructure development | £477,270 | City of Edinburgh Council | Bonaly Country Park car park improvements and access route | £207,886 | Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Urgha Aire | £85,553 | Highland Council | Achmelvich Beach car park and toilets | £500,000 | Highland Council | Glencoe Greenway | £350,000 | Highland Council | NW Highland public toilet provision | £243,218 | Highland Council | Stac Pollaidh | £440,859 | | | | Renfrewshire Council | Lochwinnoch Boardwalk | £182,420 | Stirling Council | Trossachs scenic viewpoints | £231,000
A total of £3m has been awarded to 10 tourism projects across Scotland, to improve visitor facilities and access and to promote low-carbon transport options