Tourism workshops to be held in Carrick

The Woodland Bay Hotel in Girvan.
The Woodland Bay Hotel in Girvan.

As the better weather hopefully comes to Carrick, a series of free tourism workshops are being held in the area over the next two months.

The first one takes place on Thursday 19th June, but there will be plenty more opportunities to attend events as the workshops are running until July 31.

Each workshop session lasts for two hours from 12.15pm-2.15pm and includes a buffet lunch.

The workshops are being led by the Carrick Tourism business project and supported by the Carrick Rural Opportunities Project.

The lunchtime sessions are being led by sector professionals and are designed to provide practical workshops for tourism providers in Carrick on a range of subjects relevant to the local area.

The first subject being presented on 19th June at Malin Court in Maidens by Scotland Reaching Out will explain the profit from ancestral tourism. You can explore how your business could benefit from a sector Visit Scotland says could be worh £2.4bn over the next few years.

On 26 June at Brunston Golf Club in Dailly, Jim Wilson and McKenzie Wilson will present a workshop on benefitting from Activity Tourism and Welcome Schemes, of which there are around 14.

The first July event on July 3rd will see Elise MacDonald of Lux Events in Edinburgh come to the Carrick Centre in Maybole to discuss potential ideas for an international festival in Carrick in 2015.

On July 10, you can learn how to understand better how coastal tourism works and what is special about the Carrick Coastline. That will be presented by Chris Saunders of the Adventure Centre for Education and Jim Wilson at the Woodland Bay Hotel just outside Girvan.

The following week sees a practical workshop to help you create your web and social media channels.

That will be presented on July 17 at the Carrick Centre by Paul Rankin of Luma- It.

The penultimate workshop on Thursday July 24 relates to how you should host heritage visitors. The workshop will explain about what the visitors need and how you and your staff can add value to their visit. The workshop will be presented by Charlotte Rostek of Dumfries House in Cumnock at Malin Court in Maidens.

The final workshop will be presented by Ailsa Horizons Julia Whitaker at Brunston Castle Golf Club and will explain how you can get funding to grow your business.

Places on the workshops are free but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

To book your spot at any of the workshops e-mail Stacy Martin at or phone 01465 710628.