The Scottish Government announced the fund in response to increasing visitor numbers across rural Scotland and in order to help provide the services and facilities that are needed to improve visitor experiences.
The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects – such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and footpath access, in areas such as the North Coast 500 route as well as at Historic Environment Scotland sites.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh Colin Beattie said:
“The tourist industry is vital to the local economies, which attract visitors from all over the world each year.
“The new £6m Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund can help improve the visitor experience for the increasing number people visiting East Lothian and Midlothian and alleviate pressure on transport, services and facilities across rural Scotland.
“This support for infrastructure will enable even more people to enjoy this most beautiful country in the world and is an example of the SNP Scottish Government listening to and responding to the needs of rural Scotland.
“Local groups that would like to bid for this funding are encouraged to get their applications in now to avoid disappointment.”
The new fund will be administered by public sector partners working with local authorities and with input from communities and the industry to identify projects requiring support.