Highland culture cash boost
A new fund to support natural and cultural assets in the Highlands and Islands is to be set up.
The fund, which will be established by Scottish Natural Heritage, will be based on European Regional Development funding and will target heritage assets in the rural and remote parts of the region.
It also promises to bring sustainable and lasting local economic and social benefits to those areas significantly linked to tourism.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Tourism is a crucial element of the Highlands and Islands economy and it contributes to shaping the innovative offerings throughout the region.”