Huntly and District is recognised as being particularly rich in authentic culture, heritage, wildlife, scenery and other visitor attractions. In addition, in a compact area Huntly and District is very well-served in terms of quality sporting facilities e.g. the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre, the North of Scotland Cricket Academy, Huntly Golf Club, the longest stretch of public fishing beat in Scotland, varied walking, quiet on-road and off-road cycling, etc.
As such, the area provides a potentially very attractive destination for family holidays and short-breaks, as well as providing opportunities for locals and visitors to engage in a number of taster (sports) activities and/or skills improvement sessions.
Consistent with the findings of the Huntly and District Tourism Strategy to develop Huntly as a base for short-breaks, this project sought to develop convenient (taster) packages from which visitors (and locals) can choose according to their own interests.
During the project, the focus moved to working with Forestry Commission Scotland to develop a series of corporate team-building activities. This culminated in a trial session in Clashindarroch Forest in March 2011 when a group of schoolchildren tested the package developed.
Given the other priorities HDT faces we have decided not to develop this area any further at the moment but would view it as having potential in the future.