New Community Tourism Project for Brechin

Hannah Downey

SENScot, working closely with national and local partners, will be providing direct support to the communities of Brechin, in Angus, and Girvan, in South Ayrshire, to develop their tourism offer and put community at the heart of the decision making process. 

2020 has been a catastrophic year for the Scottish tourism industry and, with many businesses struggling, we have seen communities across the country come together to provide support to one another and take a lead in local decision making.  

This community led tourism approach puts local people at the centre of the decision-making process to produce benefits for the whole community – including allowing local businesses to capture the footfall of visitors to larger, popular local assets. Community tourism can help preserve historic and cultural heritage, improve management of land and assets for community use, encourage the development of new business opportunities, and improve the quality of services.

This project will support the development of community led tourism action plans in the two towns, keeping community needs at the heart of the project and connecting with local partners from the public, private and public sectors. SENSCot will be working with their delivery partner, Creetown Initiatives, and with local partners to set out a clear vision and objectives, assessing existing community tourism provision, and identifying opportunities for further development.  

Sustainability will be considered throughout the process - they will work with communities to develop businesses opportunities, create new projects and build on existing activity which will include identifying funding and investment.

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