Visitors to the Tomintoul area of the Cairngorms National Park are set to benefit from the revamp of the information point in the village’s Square, thanks to VisitScotland, Moray Council and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).
The new-look facility was unveiled this morning (Friday 1 July) at a special event with representatives from public sector bodies, community groups and local business interests all there to view the refurbished centre, which is housed within the Tomintoul Museum.
The information point – a partnership operation involving VisitScotland and Moray Council – has an improved layout and will help visitors make the most of their visit to the Moray area and to the Cairngorms National Park.
CNPA Board Member Cllr Allan Wright was there to see for himself the revamped information point. He commented: “Tomintoul is a key location – it’s often seen as the main route linking the two sides of Cairngorms National Park. Because of this, we are delighted to be working in partnership with VisitScotland and Moray Council to deliver an upgraded and rebranded information point here in the heart of the village. It’s a terrific example of partnership working for the benefit of, not only the immediate community, but across the Park.
“Having a strong Cairngorms National Park identity with the use of the Cairngorms brand and a National Park zone will give people all the information they need about the Park, helping them make the most of their visit.”
Visit Scotland’s Regional Director, Scott Armstrong, said: “This revamped Information Point in Partnership with VisitScotland is a very welcome addition to Tomintoul. It is important that visitors to the Cairngorms National Park are kept informed of all the fantastic things to see and do in this beautiful part of the world. Moray Council and the Cairngorms National Park Authority, with support from VisitScotland, have created a contemporary, upgraded facility that will prove a real asset to the village.”
Cllr Jeff Hamilton, Chair of Children and Young People’s Services Committee said: “This facility has a vital role to play. It is of strategic importance in retaining visitors to Tomintoul and the surrounding area. It is ideally placed to inform and enthuse visitors about the attractions of the Cairngorms National Park. And it is ideally located to direct visitors to discover and enjoy the many attractions of Moray.
“Here we now have a modern and attractive facility, enhanced by a sensible partnership approach that has focused in on the needs of visitors and the services offered by the partner organisations. I would congratulate the staff involved and thank our partners, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and VisitScotland for their essential and much appreciated support. This is an excellent example of sensible pooling of resources.”
Alan Rankin, Chief Executive of the Cairngorms Business Partnership added: “We are delighted that Tomintoul has a new and improved information point. It is such a popular village with tourists throughout the year and therefore vital that visitors can gain access to the most up-to-date and relevant information possible. This new information point will not only benefit businesses in the village itself, but those businesses in the surrounding areas and we hope that they will soon start feeling the benefit in the months to come.”