Tourism

Organisations

As well as us, a number of other organisations are involved in tourism in the Highlands.

VisitScotland

VisitScotland is the national tourism agency in Scotland and is responsible for:

  • Marketing Scotland
  • Running the tourist information centre network 
  • Engaging with the tourism industry

Services for the Highlands are provided through their Highland network office in Strathpeffer.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise help create a strong, diverse and sustainable economy in the Highlands and Islands. Their activities include:

  • Business support services
  • Provision of training and learning programmes
  • Assisting community and cultural projects

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage's tourism work aims to help local communities and businesses make best use of opportunities for developing tourism. They want to help deliver the best quality visitor experience supported by a high quality natural environment. Their area offices provide:

  • Advice and guidance on tourism development
  • Training and site management
  • Funding for projects that deliver destination services for tourism, for example, Ranger services, local information and path networks
  • Support to those managing visitor attractions, such as National Nature Reserves that are important in attracting visitors to the region

Forestry Commission Scotland

The Forestry Commission is the Government Department responsible for forestry policy in Scotland.

Their mission is to:

  • Protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands
  • Increase the value to society and the environment through sustainable forest management
  • Provide facilities for visitors such as picnic areas, walks, mountain bike routes and forest based accommodation

Cairngorms National Park Authority

The National Park Authority works in partnership with other public agencies and local service providers to deliver the 4 aims of the National Park which are:

  • To conserve and enhance the area's natural and cultural heritage
  • To promote sustainable use of the area's natural resources
  • To promote understanding and enjoyment of the Park's special qualities
  • To promote sustainable economic and social development of local communities

HITRANS

HITRANS (Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership) is a statutory body that works to pursue improvements to transport services and infrastructure in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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