Perth & Kinross Council has been awarded more than £230,000 to build new, free-to-use toilet facilities in Aberfeldy, that will also provide the growing number of motorhome users visiting the area with waste disposal facilities.
The toilets, which will benefit anyone touring Highland Perthshire, will be built with funding that has been given by VisitScotland. Upon completion, the facilities are to be open all-year.
The hub will be based at the Aberfeldy Car Park. The project will also see a visitor information point added that includes boards outlining the route for the River Tay Way, as well as places of interest in the area and more.
Jointly delivered by Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), the funding for this project has come from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which is managed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The scheme was set up to fund projects that will ensure visitors have improved experiences when visiting the more rural parts of Scotland, as well as offering these regions help when experiencing a big increase in visitors to the area, which could otherwise have a negative impact on local communities.
Councillor John Duff commented: “The Council’s approach to tourism is not just about growing tourism but about making the visit a quality and sustainable experience. We don’t want our beautiful scenic landscapes, or our rural areas spoiled by irresponsible behaviours. We want to develop ‘responsible tourism’ and to adopt a more managed approach to visitors of all kinds.”
“For all these reasons, we have been working in partnership with PKCT to secure funding for this vital toilet facility in Aberfeldy – which I am sure will be welcomed by residents and visitors alike. The area has seen substantial increases in domestic tourism and in the staycation market, particularly those with motorhomes, and this facility will be a valuable asset, both the residents and tourists visiting the Aberfeldy area.”
Peter Quinn, PKCT Trust Director, said: “This modern multi-purpose / multi-user energy-efficient toilet block will be open year-round for visitors who comes any time of year, whether to see the autumn colours of Perthshire Big Tree Country or any of the other many sites to see in the Aberfeldy area throughout the year, and provide waste disposal facilities for motorhome users.”
Image courtesy of PKCT
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