Duke of Rothesay Visits Ross-Shire

Duke of Rothesay Visits Ross-Shire

HRH Duke of Rothesay visits Storehouse at Foulis on 30 July 2010 hosted by David Whiteford of the North Highland Initiative.

- 30/07/2010

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, visited the North Highlands to find out how his North Highland Initiative scheme is making a difference to the area’s economy.

During the visit, His Royal Highness sampled some of the local produce at a farmers’ market including cheeses, biscuits, and salmon.

The Duke launched the North Highland Initiative (NHI) in August 2005 to help promote and develop the economy and support rural communities in the region. It was formed as a direct result of The Duke’s involvement in bringing together farmers, local businesses and the tourism industry in order to address some of the challenges that rural communities in the North of Scotland are facing.

As part of the visit, The Duke met with representatives from different bodies in the area, including North Highland Tourism and North Highland Products at the Storehouse of Foulis, a new visitor attraction in Evanton.

North Highland Tourism promotes and develops the economy, and was formed as a direct result of the North Highlands Initiative, in order to highlight the area as a good tourism destination.

The Duke also spent time chatting with members of the public. Joan McDonough, 50, who works for Wester Ross Fisheries Limited which has a stall at the farmers’s market, said: “The Prince was very interested in the salmon. He was very friendly. He sampled a piece of the maple cured hot smoked salmon. He asked us about the company and the sustainability of the salmon.”

David Whiteford, Chairman of the NHI, said: "The Duke is pleased with the progress that has been made in supporting and promoting local produce. His concern was the sustainability of farming families and other traditional industries in the North of Scotland.

"The initiative has delivered against those ambitions and today we had a wide range of local produce on show to demonstrate how the support has helped.

"His support is tremendous and it’s immeasurable the impact he has. His passion is something we value enormously,” he added.

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