Park retains Euro award
The Cairngorms National Park has been given an internationally-renowned status for its sustainable tourism.
The park has been re-awarded the European Charter for sustainable tourism in protected areas and is the only place in Scotland to hold the title.
To mark the award the park authority was invited to a ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Vice-convener Brian Wood said: “It’s a phenomenal achievement to have been awarded the charter for the third time and a honour to be chosen to showcase our work to our counterparts in Europe.
“Achieving charter status has only been possible due to the hard work and collaboration of a wide range of people.
“It is a true example of partnership working at its best.”
Europarc assessors spent three days in the Cairngorms during the summer and noted the investment made to the park’s path network and developing the Snow Road.
The assessors also agreed the park worked well with businesses and the community in developing proposals for the national park and gave advice on how the park can move forward over the next five years.
Carol Ritchie of Europarc said: “The Cairngorms National Park is leading the way in Scotland, with a strong local partnership focus to sustainable tourism.”