Rural services

A new walking and cycling route in Tyndrum which allows cyclists to bypass the A82 trunk road has officially opened.

The new path has been created by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust and is suitable for cyclists, horses, buggies and walkers and includes a brand new bridge connecting the communities and businesses of Tyndrum and Crianlarich.

Are you a business owner in rural Scotland? Complete this survey on rural Britain’s digital potential.

The Scottish Government is seeking views in their consultation Superfast broadband in Scotland: reaching 100%.

The Reaching 100% Programme (R100) is striving to extend the availability of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure to meet the Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver superfast broadband access to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021.

Rural Wisdom Get-together

Outside the Box's Rural Wisdom project is exploring ways to make rural areas work better for older people. They're going to be holding a series of events across Scotland for anyone who is interested in this work to come together, to share thoughts, to hear from others and to build the network around the country.

They're pleased to now to holding the second of these events in Galashiels.

The day will include:

A partnership of Police Scotland, NFU Scotland and Neighbourhood Watch Scotland have launched their Rural Watch Scotland initiative.

'Rural Watch Scotland' is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch concept and a product of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) designed specifically for the rural communities of Scotland.

The objectives of Rural Watch Scotland are to:

Scottish Rural Action will receive £200,000 from the Scottish Government to support the delivery of their 2017-19 Action Plan.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland. They are a non-profit, apolitical organisation which is completely independent of Government. They have the dual purpose of developing and organising Scotland’s Rural Parliament and supporting the development of a rural movement.

Strengthening Communities National Conference 2017

Highland and Islands Enterprise are hosting a Strengthening Communities National Conference at Aviemore Highland Resort on 21 and 22 September 2017 (lunchtime to lunchtime event). The event will be attended by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.

A new plan has launched setting out how all those with responsibility for the Cairngorms National Park will coordinate their work to tackle the most important issues over the next five years.

The Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan (2017-2022) will deliver the following long-term outcomes for the National Park:

Scottish Rural Action Conference and AGM: Inclusive rural development post 2020: Towards a vision for rural Scotland

The Scottish Rural Action conference and AGM will be taking place on the 20th September from 9.30am – 5pm, with speed networking, volunteer training and the conference dinner taking place on the 19th September.

Agenda: Conference Agenda Draft

The conference and AGM is for members only, and there is an opportunity to shape the agenda to tackle the issues you want to talk about. The event is free, but donations are very welcome.

Scottish Rural Action have launched their Action Plan, with key points in five areas they will be taking forward.