Seeing is Believing, delivered by Plunkett Scotland and funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, provides an opportunity for rural communities that are thinking of setting up a community-owned enterprise to go on a study visit or work with a community mentor.

The programme is due to close at the end of October and for our final round of support we have a number of inspiring project visits planned.

One of these is to the award-winning Smugglers Hostel in Tomintoul. The hostel offers four star visitor accommodation and is run by the local community through the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust, with profits being reinvested back into the community. The hostel forms part of the regeneration plan the area and since taking it on in 2013 the Trust has developed into a successful enterprise, doubling its visitor numbers, creating job and volunteering opportunities and using surplus profit to support other local projects.

We are delighted that the T&G Trust can host a visit and the day will offer a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand about developing and running community-owned visitor accommodation as well as meeting other groups that are exploring the idea.

Other visits planned include a community-owned shop, bakery, filling station and a co-operative pub. There are a few spaces left and if you would like to join us on any of these please contact [email protected] before the 30th September.