The Heritage Lottery Fund, a body set up by parliament in 1994 to give grants to deserving UK causes, has awarded three of Scotland’s areas of natural beauty £2.3m in Lottery money.
The generous grant has been designated for preservation and improvement of The Ochil hills in Clackmannanshire, the island of Harris and the Applecross peninsula.
The three sites share one thing in common, they are all breath-taking attractions that are off the main tourist routes. With luck, the £2.3m will help to keep these areas on the map and attract more visitors to an already impressive and growing tourist industry.
The Scottish tourist industry has previously been described as diffuse in Scottish Parliament research and with so many small businesses and remote locations it is easy to see why.
However, few can argue that Scottish landscape is not worth the effort to visit and with more Lottery grants the attractions that share the money will serve to help the visually infamous Scotland go from strength to strength.