Funding assistance of up to £500 is available to enhance the provision of secure storage facilities for bikes. This contribution is a maximum of 50% of overall project costs to improve the mountain bike and cycling visitor experience. Costs may comprise equipment, installation, preparation and setup.
Previous round of this scheme focussed on upgrading bike storage facilities for accommodation providers. This round is now broadened out to offer benefits to more businesses. In Aberdeenshire it now includes provision for other outdoor adventure activities. In Highland we are now able to offer these businesses that provide a service to cycling visitors, for example cafes, bike shops, restaurants and communities.
This unique opportunity is offered as a result of funding secured from partners and enterprise agencies who are keen to support the scheme and see the potential to tap into the £90 million Scottish mountain biking and cycling market.
With outdoor and adventure tourism predicted to continue growing in 2021 and beyond this is one step towards making Scotland a key destination for cycling visitors.
Funding requests are made annually and the opportunity to apply for the fund is offered once this is secured.
The scheme is now open for winter 2022/23 across Aberdeenshire and the Highlands!
Enjoy this short film we made with Dominic Simmons Films to promote the Secure Bike Storage Scheme - featuring Chris Gibbs from H&I Adventures and Scott from Ravenscraig Guest House in Aviemore. (And our Ruari!)
Find out more from some of the businesses that have benefitted from previous grants. What has the grant done for their business and why did they feel it was important to increase their offer to visiting mountain bikers.