A community Tourism Project from Ayrshire and Arran Tourism have visited the high ground of Scotland to sample the Rings of Breadalbane as well as meet and learn from the people behind the successful project. The project team travelled up from central Scotland last weekend to find out more about the Breadalbane groups’s tourism model and gather ideas for developing similar activities in their area.
The Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative consists of a group of tourism businesses from across the Breadalbane area of highland Perthshire and Stirling who actively promote the area as an outstanding outdoor activity destination for visitors.
In 2012 and 2013 the Co-operative introduced the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer, an award-winning hop-on-hop-off bus service providing visitors and local residents alike the opportunity to explore the area while visiting attractions, local places of interest, places to shop, eat, etc. The group won a Scottish Thistle Award for their innovative approach to opening up the area to visitors.
The Explorer has continued in 2014 and has taken a step further with the introduction of a series of new “Rings” of Breadalbane. The “Rings” include a series of circular walking trails, cycling trails, a Golf Ring and Angling Ring to highlight the area’s range of golf courses, lochs and rivers.
Ken Chew, Chairman of the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative, has welcomed the interest from other co-operatives:
“It has been fantastic to host another co-operative with plans to grow their operations. If our experiences can help and inspire other areas of the country to develop tourism in their local communities, then we are more than delighted to share our stories.”
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