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Scottish Government money boost for Portknockie and Cullen welcomed

PORTKNOCKIE and Cullen are expected to share a six-figure tourism funding windfall.

Portknockie’s iconic Bow Fiddle Rock.

Moray has received £363,298 from the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund provided by VisitScotland.

Facilities near Portknockie’s famous Bow Fiddle Rock will be upgraded, with overnight campervan parking being created in Cullen to help cope with the influx of staycationers coming into the village.

News of the funding was welcomed by local councilor Theresa Coull (SNP, Keith-Cullen).

Councilor Theresa Coull.  Photo: Daniel Forsyth
Councilor Theresa Coull. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

She said: “I really welcome the funding received from the Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund provided by VisitScotland to all the different areas of Moray, but especially Portknockie and Cullen.

“This funding will be used in Portknockie at the Bow Fiddle Rock to establish a new parking lot with electric vehicle charging stations and improve the trail. The Bow Fiddle Rock is a huge tourist attraction and with the parking facilities and a better trail it will we hope to encourage more tourists and locals to visit this beautiful area, making walking and parking easier and even more enjoyable for everyone.

“There is to be a new overnight RV parking area in Cullen, by not having this facility in town this has been problematic due to stay pressure. Cullen is a busy tourist town where visitors are welcome and encouraged to stay, eat and shop in town.

“Overnight parking will be a great benefit to visitors to Cullen as there will be a specific area to park their motorhomes and have waste and water disposal facilities.”

A portion of the funding will be used to improve RV sites in Cullen.
A portion of the funding will be used to improve RV sites in Cullen.

Moray’s facilities will be upgraded to relieve pressure on local beauty spots as the region prepares for another busy year for staycationers.

Chairman of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee, Councilor Graham Leadbitter, said: “This contribution from VisitScotland is welcome as we transform our tourism offering in Moray to ensure the sustainability of our market. booming visitors.

“Creating new facilities and upgrading existing ones will be hugely beneficial to the local economy and provide the support that Moray communities have been asking for over the past few years. I look forward to seeing the improvements take shape as we welcome the visitors to beautiful Moray.”

The project in Moray is carried out in partnership between Moray Council; Visit the Moray Speyside Tourism Business Improvement District; Highlands and Islands Company; Findhorn Village Conservation Society; the Three Cullen Kings Association; and Friends of Ben Rinnes supported by Seafield and Glenrinnes Organic Estates.

The project will provide facility improvements at several sites across Moray.

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