Rural Connections

Specifically designed for Scotland’s rural and remote areas, Rural Connections will support people to cycle, walk and wheel – for everyday journeys, leisure and adventure

We want everyone in Scotland to have the opportunity to cycle, walk or wheel to get around. Getting active is great for physical and mental health and puts a smile on people’s faces. We know that there are unique circumstances in rural and remote communities, which require a tailored approach. Rural Connections works with people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities in Shetland, Orkney, Highland, Eileanan Siar, Moray, Argyll and Bute and Scottish Borders.

A new project for 2021, Rural Connections will support people to cycle, walk and wheel – for everyday journeys, leisure and adventure. We offer:

  • A wide range of cycling and walking activities for all abilities
  • Short and long-term cycle loans to help people find a cycle that works for them
  • Support for local organisations to coordinate and add walking, wheeling and cycling opportunities to their existing activities
  • Upskilling of volunteers to deliver activities in their communities and keep cycles working if there is no local bike shop
  • Localised networks of organisations, communities and individuals supporting walking and cycling initiatives

Our development officers are embedded in local communities, using their expertise and local knowledge to work closely with community organisations, local businesses, public sector agencies and individuals.

Contact us

Want to find out more about Rural Connections? Get in touch with your local development officer:

Local authority Development officer
Shetland Anna Gudaniec
Orkney Paul Porter
Highland (Caithness) George Ewing
Moray Louise Haggarty
Eilean Siar Daryll Brown
Argyll and Bute Aisa Nebreda
Scottish Borders Emily A. Farquhar