Skye attractions, rare species and breathtaking landscape of Highlands and Islands benefit from £2.6m EU funding

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

£2.6 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding is being given to Four projects in the highlands and islands.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland won £980.000 for the Scottish Wildlife Discovery Centre in the Highland Wildlife Park.

The prize seeks to showcase Highlands and Islands' outstanding landscape, wildlife and culture, Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural businesses and tourism, announced today.

Archaeology Scotland has been awarded £306.844 for the Real Wild West Adopt-a-Monument programme which is backed by Historic Environment Scotland.

For the creation of a new visitor centre at Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, to introduce the wealth and diversity of the indigenous wildlife at the place.

Plans for the exhibition and learning spaces, cafe, event space, and store were presented to the public in 2019.

This will enable the Real Wild West project to establish a network and strategy for heritage and tourism, develop interpretations at major sites and places, establish a trail through western Ardnamurchan and improve access, condition and maintenance of ten places of cultural heritage.

And a record £541.718 prize will go to the Hermaness Hill Path and Welcome Area, where NatureScot will install 1.940m of recycled plastic to re-establish the historic route to Muckle Air Lighthouse on the River Onst in Shetland.