Rural Areas - the Assynt case study

An important element of the research was to investigate how angling can play a positive role in rural communities. This might include increasing tourism and visitor spending, improving natural habitat, as a site for volunteering, or to provide work.

Assynt Case Study

In our research, this element was explored in a case study of Assynt, a remote rural area in Sutherland, Scotland. Assynt had been chosen because it was easily defined, has considerable angling opportunities and was the focus of new work in Scotland to increase tourism from anglers.

During the research we had over 200 respondents to the Assynt Anglers Survey, surveyed 129 Assynt visitors, consulted with 20 local organisations, and interviewed 40 Assynt anglers.

Assynt Research Website

The remote nature of the site and tendency of anglers to fish in isolated areas meant we had to develop innovative ways to gather data.  As a result we established a separate web site for this part of the study which includes an interactive map to both provide information to visitors and collect data from anglers.During the research we received 130+ comments to the website and over 8,000 unique site users. The website remains live and continues to function as a resource for Assynt visitors.

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