Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), with funding support from Scottish Enterprise, has launched a new trial initiative to ‘bolster’ Scottish accommodation providers’ attractiveness to visiting mountain bikers.
Funding assistance of up to £500 is available in either a five bike storage/maintenance package or as a contribution towards a custom package. This contribution is a maximum of 50% of the overall project costs, including installations charges. DMBinS has said it is “delighted” to have been able to secure some “fantastic packages” including a 50% discount from one of its suppliers.
Cycle tourism is growing in Scotland with mountain bike tourism worth over £90 million GVA per annum to the Scottish economy, and it is expected to grow by 30% by 2025.
Project manager Graeme McLean said: “We are eager to support accommodation providers across the country be better prepared to cater for the growing number of mountain bikers wishing to holiday in Scotland.
“We are launching this scheme to help accommodation businesses provide secure bike storage, which we know is a key ingredient in providing a better visitor journey for mountain bikers. Accommodation providers need to expand their offering to visiting mountain bikers so would encourage them to get involved, watch our short film and complete the application form.“