Loch Ness–side arts and craft trail launched this weekend with 'slow' tourism and 'hidden gems' in the frame
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Loch Ness–side craft studios will open to the public this weekend as part of an open studios trail.
The Loch Ness Craft Trail hope to promote "authentic tourism" by promoting artists and crafts people living in and around the area.
Three craft studios will be open this week, with strict social distancing in place.
A spokesman for the Loch Ness Hub said: "We are collaborating with local artisans in creating a Loch Ness Craft Trail.
"To pilot the project, three of the local businesses are holding an Open Studios weekend on Saturday May 1 and Sunday May 2."
The three studios are K. Price Art at 3 Kilmore Road in Drumnadrochit, A'fiodh Tuairnear Highland Wood Turning at Strath Ossian, West Lewiston and the Highland Celtic Art –Clachmhor, Culnakirk Farm (follow signs at top of the hill)
The spokesman continued: "The Loch Ness Hub are here to support local artists and crafts people to safely welcome customers to their studios as part of a greater visitor experience to the area.
"Loch Ness Hub wish to promote and encourage slow and authentic tourism.
By that, we mean encouraging visitors to visit less well known hidden gems in the area. Promoting the many talented artisans in the area is a great first step.”
Local artist, Marjory Tait of Highland Celtic Art said “We are delighted to be working with Loch Ness
Hub in promoting small businesses within the area.
"Visitors not only have the opportunity to buy directly from the crafts person but have a memory of seeing them at work in their studios. This makes the whole experience much more meaningful.”
Studios are free to enter and will operate within Covid guidelines restricting numbers to two people at any one time.