Exciting new tourism initiative

The North Highland Regeneration Fund (NHRF) is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new initiative offering support to accommodation providers in the North Highlands who are serving the North Coast 500 route.

Launched on 30 June 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey, the new initiative is open to both existing providers and to those looking to start up a new business. It offers low-interest loans of up to £25,000, along with access to advice, support and mentoring, with the aim of increasing the quantity and quality of accommodation within the region.

The initiative will run as a pilot project for a year from 30 June 2017, and there is a limited quantity of funding available, so those interested in applying are encouraged to get in touch with the NHRF team as soon as possible.

Lord Thurso, NHRF Chair, said: “The North Coast 500 initiative has brought real benefits to the North Highlands, and there is strong evidence that visitor numbers and tourist spend within the region are up. It’s important that we do everything we can to help the region take advantage of this growth, and to prepare for future developments.

“I have long believed that the North Highlands is one of Scotland’s hidden gems. The tourism industry in this area has a fantastic ‘can-do’ attitude, and makes every effort to provide visitors with a warm, welcoming reception. By providing assistance to this industry now, NHRF can help ensure that the North Highlands sees successful, sustainable growth for the future.

Those interested in finding out more about the initiative should visit www.nhrf.co.uk or contact the NHRF team on 01847 500103 or enquiries@nhrf.co.uk.