Ring of Breadalbane Explorer 2014
On 30th December 2013, Scotland’s Transport Minister, Keith Brown, announced £4.2 m worth of funding to be allocated to bus projects across Scotland over the next three years. The award includes £135,000 towards the funding of the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer bus service for the years 2014 – 2016.
This is wonderful news for visitors wishing to explore Breadalbane and for locals needing public transport. The Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative is very grateful to Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government for helping us to continue to develop the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer bus service. We will now be seeking match funding from other public sector bodies and private sector sponsors with the intention of providing an extended service from Easter through to the October holidays. This three-year funding period will help truly establish the service.
The hop-on hop-off circular service, which takes in Aberfeldy, Amulree, Crieff, Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead and Killin, runs in both directions and calls at all of the major tourist attractions in the area. The pilot Explorer service in 2012 ran for 36 days and was extended to 66 days in 2013. The expansion of the service in 2013 was made possible thanks to generous financial support from LEADER, Scottish Enterprise, Perth & Kinross and Stirling councils, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership, and 30 private-sector sponsors. The latter are too numerous to mention but we would like to pay special thanks to Kingshouse Travel of Balquhidder which made a contribution of several thousand pounds.
From 2014 onwards, the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative also plans to promote several other “Rings” that will extend the geographic coverage and consequent economic benefit within the Breadalbane area, and further boost the Breadalbane brand. These include a 4-7 day walking “Ring”, an 88-mile road bike “Ring”, a mountain biking “Ring” and a golf trail taking in four 18-hole and five 9-hole courses, plus a 9-hole par-3 course. We will also promote the many angling opportunities in the area.