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Findhorn Aire motorhome stopover wins national Campaign for Real Aires award

By Garry McCartney

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Arthur Davidson (left) hands over the award to Christine Hunt and Cathy Low. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Arthur Davidson (left) hands over the award to Christine Hunt and Cathy Low. Picture: Becky Saunderson

A LOCAL stopover spot has been crowned as the top place for motor-homes travelling in Scotland to enjoy a break.

The Findhorn Aire, opened for business last May, has won the accolade from Campaign for Real Aires (CAMpRA), a group set up to make overnight parking spaces available to encourage visitors to spend time and money in local areas.

Chairwoman of owners The Findhorn Village Conservation Company (TFVCC) is pleased with the award.

She said: "Our team have worked hard to bring it about in a few short months. We look forward to being able to welcome future visitors stopping over with us and enjoying Findhorn."

TFVCC created the facility with support from the Scottish Government’s Community Led Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The Adapt and Thrive fund enabled TFVCC to develop an online booking system that integrates with an automatic number plate recognition barrier. The system allows visitors to book a maximum two-night stay and have secure access to the stopover.

One visitor who nominated the Aire was Jacqui Loveridge from Yorkshire.

She said: "I visited Findhorn Aire this year and was very impressed with the facilities and the location. There was plenty of space, it was only a short walk from the Aire to Findhorn village with its pub, shop and tearoom."

CAMpRA’s president Donald Macdonald confirmed the spot is a worthy winner.

He said: "We have been hearing great things about Findhorn all summer and when we asked our 24,000 members to nominate Aire of the Year 2021, Findhorn was a clear winner.

"We hope other communities will see what Findhorn has achieved and follow their lead."

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