Ardnamurchan set for £300k tourism boost

NO F13 Archaeology Scotland - Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

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Four projects in the Highlands and Islands, including one centred on Ardnamurchan, will share a £2.6 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) award to promote the outstanding scenery, wildlife and culture of the Highlands and Islands.

The funding announced last week has been awarded through the Natural Cultural and Heritage Fund, led by NatureScot.

The fund invests in projects in the Highlands and Islands which improve the experience of visitors exploring the region’s nature and culture, and support jobs in remote and rural areas.

The funding for these four new projects is in addition to £5m for nine projects announced in December 2019.

NatureScot has approved funding for Archaeology Scotland to start its project for a heritage and tourism network on the Ardnamurchan peninsula as well as improved visitor infrastructure on Skye.

Archaeology Scotland – The Real Wild West – Adopt-a-Monument and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula will get £306,844.

The Real Wild West project will develop a heritage and tourism network and strategy, as well as develop interpretation at important sites and locations, create a trail through west Ardnamurchan, and improve access, condition and maintenance of 10 heritage sites.

Archaeology Scotland Project Manager Phil Richardson said: ‘Archaeology Scotland is very excited to begin work with our partners on Ardnamurchan.

‘The project will allow us to develop our Adopt-a-Monument Scheme, supported by Historic Environment Scotland, into a more holistic heritage tourism and engagement programme.

‘Our goal is to connect people to the deep and rich cultural past of the peninsula, and our field work, excavations, experimental archaeology and innovative interpretation will have a significant impact on the understanding, enjoyment and care of the historical environment of the peninsula for people, businesses and visitors.’

Outdoors Access Trust for Scotland and its Skye’s Iconic Natural Heritage Sites project will get  £748,954 for new interpretation, promotion and marketing on Skye, providing improvements at sites including the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing.

The project will develop infrastructure to help a wider and more diverse range of people access the sites and will provide a better visitor experience.