Last night, as part of the much anticipated NetworX conference held in Brussels, the European Commissioner Phil Hogan announced the 5 winners of the inaugural Rural Inspiration Awards.

The Scottish Rural Network would like to extend a massive congratulations to all 25 finalists, and the 5 overall winners.

The winners were:

Transnational Quirky Games, Wales and Finland

To develop a programme of quirky games hosted by each country in turn.  Arwain have teamed up with the World Alternative Games (based in Powys), who already organise bi-annual games including bog snorkelling, man v horse, wife carrying, husband dr

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Storytelling to enhance Tourism Experience, Kerry, Ireland

To develop a tourism-focused rural development project that will develop, implement and record a range of approaches to assist communities (area- or interest-based) to discover, gather, interpret, present and record th

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Peninsular tourism, Kerry, Ireland

Tourism Offerings in Remote and Peripheral Areas that are unique due their geographical position as a Peninsula

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New Horizons Learning and Participation Programme, Wexford, Ireland

To best utilise the Irish National Opera House which is based in Wexford Town, Co.

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Developing cycle trails - Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

To develop the cycling offer in the Vale of Glamorgan, through the design of routes to enable maximum opportunities for slow tourism whilst being safe and attractive.                                                                         

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise are starting a new series of their 'Tune into Tourism' interactive sessions, starting on February 13th 2019.

Digital Tourism Scotland - Free Awareness Session

Two FREE sessions ideal for any tourism related business interested in growing their business online by improving current channels & trying out new ones. These sessions include:

Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to come to the launch event for the new agritourism monitor farm programme taking place on at 

Launch & Information Event for new Agritourism Monitor Farmers

Two farming families are being sought to become Scotland's next agritourism monitor farmers.

If you're interested in finding out more, the new agritourism monitor farm programme will launch at Briarlands Farm, Blairdrummond, by Stirling on 28 January from 3 to 6pm. Anyone with an interest in farming, rural tourism and food and drink is invited to the launch event.