current projects

Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme ‘Slow Adventure’ Project

CRTR’s flagship project, Slow Adventure in Northern Territories (SAINT) brings together 10 partners in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Finland and Northern Ireland in a €1.7 million, trans-national project running until April 2018. The overall objective is to help SMEs in the sector to extend their market reach.  For more details on this award-winning project (see the CRTR news page) contact Sara Bellshaw or see either or

Nevis Landscape Partnership

The team has a mentoring and survey role to play in this five-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which started in 2014.  The project is wide-ranging in scope, but, among other things, seeks to encourage better engagement with the Nevis landscapes and to sustainably maximise the value of this natural resource.  For details, see

Sustainable Heritage Areas: Partnerships for Ecotourism (SHAPE) Project

SHAPE is a UHI-led Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme project, which started in May 2017, to run for three years. Managed by UHI’s Centre for Mountain Studies, CRTR will provide expert input into various elements of the project, especially those relating to tourism.  The project has eight partners in Greenland, Norway, Finland and Iceland, and a large number of international associate partners.

SHAPE will focus on a transnational set of sustainable heritage areas (SHAs) where the partners will work with local stakeholders, their organizations, and the institutions which support them, and incorporate their activities into regional strategies for sustainable development.  SHAPE will provide the tools to transform these strategies into concrete, practical knowledge about how to manage, develop, organize, support, and market assets and activities – and how to integrate these activities into communities in sustainable ways.

‘Capiten’ Atlantic Area Programme Project on Marine Tourism

From July 2017, CRTR will start to explore ways of encouraging business development in the Highlands’ marine tourism sector, after a project application, led by the Regional Council of Brittany, was recently approved.

The initiative, part-financed by the Atlantic Area Interreg programme, will have 18 partners in six countries stretched along the Atlantic arc, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Canary Islands.  Over the next three years the partners will be creating new sailing itineraries to showcase the Atlantic coast’s natural and cultural assets and exploring new media for marketing marine tourism businesses, including coastal events across the wider region.  Please contact for details.

Recreational Impacts Study, Norway

Steve Taylor is working with the Western Norway Research Institute in Sogndal (, acting as an external expert exploring recreational land use issues in the Sognefjord area.  He recently undertook a (2016) literature review for the project team, examining potential conflict and environmental impact issues relating to mountain biking, hiking and hunting.

European Project Development

As of May 2017, CRTR has a number of applications submitted to or under development for the ERASMUS, Interreg Europe, Northern Periphery and Arctic, and Horizon 2020 programmes, covering a range of tourism-related subjects.  Please contact Steve Taylor for more details.