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Tourism (Cowdenbeath)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th November 2019.

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Photo of Annabelle Ewing Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party

5. To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes tourism in the Cowdenbeath constituency. (S5O-03777)

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Through Historic Environment Scotland, we are developing a new augmented reality app, which is entitled “In the Footsteps of Kings”. The first phase of that work was launched this summer. The app will feature Aberdour castle and nearby Ravenscraig castle, and will provide an enjoyable and informative experience for visitors to those sites, especially families.

VisitScotland continues to promote Cowdenbeath’s rapidly growing collection of public art through its consumer social media channels. Further, our agencies continue to work with local sectoral organisations, including the Fife Tourism Partnership and the Heartlands of Fife local tourist association, and provide advice on projects such as the Fife pilgrim way.

Photo of Annabelle Ewing Annabelle Ewing Scottish National Party

I welcome the excellent initiatives that the cabinet secretary has mentioned in her answer. From questions that I have raised previously, she will be aware of the save the cage campaign, the aim of which is to bring mining artefacts to Lochore Meadows country park, which is in my constituency. Will the cabinet secretary undertake to engage with the National Mining Museum of Scotland on that campaign?

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I am fully aware of the save the cage campaign, not least because the constituency MSP has raised it a number of times. I understand that discussions have already taken place between the Scottish Mining Museum Collection Trust and the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust to look at the feasibility project to which Annabelle Ewing refers.