The latest £200,000 fund is set to boost Scottish Tourism, which will help attract international visitors to Scotland, has been launched by Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing.
The news coincided with Clans Monday, where clans and families have special access to the newly opened Bannockburn Visitor Centre. The second round of the Scottish Clan Event Fund will support the delivery and planning of local clan events over the Year of Food and Drink in 2015, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. Nearly 40 clans from around the world attended Bannockburn Live over the weekend and showed off their family colours and histories. The two-day public event also featured Battle of Bannockburn re-enactments, crafts and storytelling sessions.
Mr Ewing said:
“Thanks to the first round of the Scottish Clan Event Fund, we were able to provide support to a number of Clans who organised events across the country during our Year of Homecoming 2014.
“This weekend at Bannockburn Live, we saw a fantastic range of outlets showing off their Scottish delicacies, whiskies and real ales to visitors from around the world. As we look towards the Year of Food and Drink in 2015 we want to keep up this momentum and show off some of the excellent produce that has helped to reinforce Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink.
“Visitors are keen to learn more about the country’s fabulous food and drink, history, architecture and heritage. The second round of the Clan Event Fund will make sure we keep up our international profile to ensure we continue to attract kin from across the globe to events around the country. It will also help to encourage clans to hold events in all parts of Scotland and ensure everyone reaps the rewards from their boost to tourism.”