Black Isle Tourism Team
BITT March 2020 spring networking walk
Wednesday 25 March
Spring Networking Event - A walk around Redcastle
Killearnan Church Hall and car park,Milton Redcastle, Muir of Ord IV6 7SQ 10.30am
We would like to invite you to take a leisurely walk. Connect with others in the tourism sector. Share ideas and promote your business. Learn about the latest developments in tourism for the Black Isle. Drink coffee and eat cake!
Following the success of last year’s Tourism Strategy launch when we met for a walk around Culbokie woods, we’ve decided this year’s Spring Networking event should take a similar format. Get out in the fresh air. Discover a part of the Black Isle you might not be so familiar with. Meet like-minded folk in a friendly informal atmosphere. And with the highly knowledgeable Julian Paren as our guide you’re guaranteed to go home with some new and curious facts about our landscape you never knew before.
Meet in the car park at Killearnan Church Hall for 10.30 am. Bring any publicity material you wish to share. Wear appropriate clothing and walking boots. Dogs welcome.
Stay Close, Feel Connected!
BITT January 2020 Bulletin
Happy New Year to our Friends and Members!
Following on from the success of our Autumn gathering at Munro's Nursery we look forward to lots of great teamwork across the Black Isle in 2020.
For those of you that could not attend, we enjoyed an evening of celebration and collaboration (and also great catering!). Reminding ourselves of the many varied highlights of the Black Isle and working together by region to think about how they could form part of a Black Isle Trail.
BITT Autumn 2019 Bulletin
Tha latest bulletin includes
- Advance notice of the BITT Autumn Meeting on 12 November
- Reporting on events and activity over the summer, including engagement with the Black Isle community councils
- A re-statement of BITT's Mission, and a link to its draft strategy document
- A plea for support for Fortrose Bay Campsite in their application to have their lease extended
- Notice of a clean-up being organised by the Forestry Comission at Munlochy Clootie Well
- Consultation by Highland Council on the possible implementation of a tourism levy
BITT Summer 2019 Bulletin
The summer bulletin is packed with useful information, and features
- A request for feedback on the Draft Tourism Strategy published earlier this year
- Information and feedback form for consultation on proposals for a holiday park development on the site of the former Black Isle Wildlife Park
- News that the Cromarty Community Development Trust (CCDT) has secured £300,000 from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund for a motorhome site and slipway improvements at Nigg and Cromarty
- Information about the summer Dolphin shuttle bus to Chanonry point
- Information and advice to tourism businesses about promoting the Black Isle on the web.
BITT 'Slow Tourism' video
Created by TBI Director and BITT Steering Group member Julian Paren, this is a sequence of themed and captioned images (mostly Julian's photographs) illustrating the wide range of both active and more relaxed tourism opportunities available on the Black Isle, complete with appropriate music.
BITT January 2019 Bulletin
Welcome to the first BITT bulletin of 2019,
The steering group met last week to continue working on the outcomes from our workshop in November and we are aiming for mid-March as a realistic timeframe to bring out a (draft) strategy for further consultation. We also hope to hold another gathering before Easter.
We will be in touch over the coming months with new ways to take out or renew memberships following a few administrative changes our side, as detailed in the last update.
In the meantime, there are a few hot topics and deadlines coming up that we feel are important to bring to your attention if you haven’t already been made aware through other channels:
Read the full Bulletin, which includes links to a Scottish Government consultation document on the issues surrounding the possible introduction of a Tourist Tax (consultation closes Friday 25 January), and to a Press and Journal article discussing the problem of overcrowding at tourist 'hot spots' and the growing interest in the concept of 'slow adventure' tourism - as already being promoted by BITT.
Who are we? 2018 update
Formed in Autumn 2014, the Black Isle Tourism Team (BITT) is a subgroup of the Black Isle Partnership (BIP). We aim to encourage and enable businesses, organisations and individuals around the Black Isle who have an interest in tourism to work together to improve the visitor experience and to raise the profile of the area.
What have we achieved?
So far we've joined forces to produce the area's first visitor map, hosted several busy networking and information events, worked with the North Coast 500 and Visit Scotland teams to improve the profile of the Black Isle on their main visitor sites and to raise issues of interest to our members.
We have worked with Plexus Media in Cromarty to update this site as an information resource for the Black Isle: www.black-isle.info. We have also supported funding applications, worked with the Highland Council on the improvements at Chanonry Point, researched and set up new Facebook pages: Discover the Black Isle and Black Isle Nature, and carried out various other practical tasks.
We have proudly developed a brand identity for the Black Isle: "savour the unexpected" - reflecting the desire to encourage visitors to stay longer and see what we have to offer.
In 2018 we intend to build on the work we have done and the tools we now have to help raise the profile of the Black Isle. We will continue to listen to our member priorities and take these forward, most recently from the Autumn Networking event. We have another networking event planned for March.
How can you join?
If you are interested in becoming a member or you simply want to find out more, send the team an email at email@example.com
Membership costs £40 per annum. As well as the opportunity to add your voice to tourism development in the Black Isle, membership benefits include:
- Member updates
- Black Isle Maps (a handy tear-off foolscap, full-colour item to give free to customers/guests)
- A window sticker to promote the Black Isle brand and indicate that you are a member
- A £40 discount off North Coast 500 membership
- Twice yearly networking opportunities
How are we funded?
Our work is funded in part by our membership fees and by short term grants for specific purposes, e.g. printing the Black Isle Visitor Map and producing the feasibility study for the Discover the Black Isle initiative. Our membership budget is matched by an equivalent grant from Highland Council.
Activity is coordinated by a steering group of local member volunteers. We follow in the footsteps of Lizbeth Collie who was instrumental in her original post as Destination Development Officer at Black Isle Bicycles, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.
We are formally constituted as a project of the Black Isle Partnership (BIP) who aims to support and strengthen the area through social, environmental and economic activity, promoting community enterprises and companies with similar aims. For more information about BIP, contact Roy Sinclair, Company Secretary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also enjoy a close working relationship with the North Coast 500 and the Highland Council, sharing best practice for sustainable tourism growth in the Highlands and Scotland's National Tourism Strategy 2020 “Making Scotland a destination of first choice for a high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience, delivered by skilled and passionate people".
- Tuesday 31 March
- 19:30 TBI Admin (Directors) meeting, 7.30 online
- Saturday 4 April
- 11:00 Transition Town Forres Cafe Collective CANCELLED
- NA Fortrose Community Market CANCELLED
- Thursday 9 April
- NA Common Weal/InverYESs Study for Action workshop
- Saturday 11 April
- 11:00 Cromarty Community Market CANCELLED
- Saturday 18 April
- NA Film 'Bikes vs Cars' Muir Hub POSTPONED
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market CANCELLED
- Wednesday 22 April
- NA Earth Day 2020
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