Scottish Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP paid a visit to a Cairngorms holiday park on July 03 to help mark the re-opening of self-contained holiday accommodation across Scotland.
Mr Ewing was at Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park in his constituency of Inverness and Nairn where guests are being welcomed back to the family-run business.
He toured the park in the company of park owner John Fleming who, with his mother Sandra McKelvie, provide five-star surroundings for visitors in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
Mr Ewing said: “The re-opening of self-catering accommodation and the lifting of the five mile restriction for travel is good news for our hard-pressed tourism sector.
“Being able to enjoy outdoor hospitality will also be a much needed boost for the industry.”
Sandra and John acquired the park more than 30 years ago, and have since invested much time and energy into making it one of Scotland’s top holiday destinations.
Among its many accolades was this year’s “Top 100” Scottish Regional winner award as voted for by the readers of Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazines.
It has also achieved the honour on three other occasions over the past five years.
The 30-acre grounds with picture-perfect views are open all year round, allowing guests to enjoy the majesty of the Cairngorms throughout the four seasons.
The park provides touring pitches as well as glamping facilities and privately owned holiday caravans and lodges.
Ms McKelvie said she was delighted that Fergus Ewing had taken time out to help celebrate the re-opening of Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park:
“We are very grateful to Mr Ewing for the major role he played in helping to set up Visit Scotland’s “Good to Go” certification which we recently achieved,” she said.
“It will help give visitors the confidence that they can enjoy a well-deserved break in an environment where everything has been done to comply with Covid19 government guidelines.
“The lockdown was very hard for us as we still had to bear the financial cost of maintaining the park, retaining our non-furloughed staff, and looking after the holiday homes owned by our customers.
“But on the bright side, we were able to complete a number of upgrading schemes, such as creating new roads, installing underground facilities, and making landscape improvements.
“Normally these tasks have to be done in the quiet winter months, but often prolonged hard frost makes such work almost impossible.
“Now we have been able to take our staff off furlough, and the park is becoming once again the happy place we all remember and have long wished to see back again.
“Our job now is to provide guests with the type of memorable holiday experience they have all been craving, and to salvage what is left of Scotland’s holiday season.
“We’ll also be crossing our fingers for the mildest of possible winters!” added Ms McKelvie.