Wednesday, 9th December 2020
The beleaguered Trossachs tourist industry has received a welcome boost with the announcement that the National Park heritage charity, the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs has received a £5,000 grant from the Scotland Loves Local Fund to support the showcasing of the Trossachs area and local businesses as part of a planned refresh of the 40 mile Trossachs Trail that links the communities of Doune, Thornhill, Port of Mentieth, Aberfoyle, Brig o Turk and Callander.
The grant is part of a wider funding package to strengthen the promotion and better management of tourism in the Trossachs area and the funds will be specifically used to develop a new Trossachs Trail website, improve signing and install information and map boards at ‘’hub and spoke’’ locations in towns and villages and stopping off points around the scenic tourist route.
Welcoming the grant award James Fraser, Chair of the Friends said:’’ This is another important contribution to the ambitious Trossachs Visitor Management Project being taken forward with other local partners and should enable us to make a real difference by strengthening the promotion of things to see and do as well the extensive range of services provided by fragile rural businesses which are struggling to survive due to the impact of Covid 19 restrictions.
By stepping up the promotion and development of the Trossachs Trail this will greatly help the recovery process and improve the showcasing of the of the area and the diversity of services and facilities available in communities along the Trail and in the surrounding countryside areas.’’
The Scotland Loves Local Fund is provided by the Scottish Government to support local partnership to promote their local area, including small scale place-based improvements. The Fund is administered by Scotlkand’s Towns Partnership.
Phil Prentice, STP’s Chief Officer, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative in such an important tourist area where local businesses have suffered dramatic decreases in trading due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is vital we support them in every way we can at this difficult time and the Trossachs Trail programme of activity will I am sure have beneficial impact in 2021 and beyond.
It’s so important, whether it be for retail or hospitality, that where we can, we think local first for all of our needs. This will ensure that our local businesses can continue to be there for us in the future.’’
To find out more about some great ways you can support local this December visit: www.VisitScotland.com/LoveLocal