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Hello Strathyre

Smart Village portal

These pages have been pre-populated with some local Information. Please Join the Portal to benefit from access to more community information and updates. Visitor Health and Safety information can be found here

please join the portal –  Its FREE  

First time Mobile Users,

On the Search Bar type Login and press the magnifying glass icon Scroll down to the Green label  – select “Create New account” Then follow steps 2 -5 below

On Future visits – just use the Login option.

First time Desktop / Laptop / Tablet users :

  1. Click Join on the Red main menu bar then select the Green Labelled “Create New Account”
  2. Enter User Name (E.mail) and a Password
  3. Please add a profile picture. This helps new people to the village to recognise you
  4. Add a little about yourself (Optional) this could be as simple as “Im Hector and I like fishing and walking”
  5. Remember to save your information – You can then send other friends a message or just say hello.

Please pop on regularly to check what’s new on events and updates

MOBILE USERS  can go direct via these fast Links below:

COMMUNITY 

  • Members  A list of everyone who has joined the village Portal – Please add yourself through the Join Button described above.
  • Forum The forum is snippets of information put out by Groups in the village
  • Groups show the pages dedicated to the Groups in the village ready for them to update once volunteers are found to do this.

EVENTS

Check the Events Diary to see what’s going on in the village – any event can be included.

DIRECTORY

In directory Scroll down below the categories and Map and you will see a list of all the businesses in the Village (could be several pages) includes places to stay, places to eat and drink, Self Catering, other Local Businesses and so much more, which the village can add as you become used to using the system.

CONTACTS

This is a list of local people linked to their job/service with a short description of what they do and links to a web site etc.

VISITOR GUIDE

This is aimed at Tourists and visitors to your village with details on things to see and do, History, Heritage our Myths and Legends or other appropriate information.

Village Blog on the left-hand side of the page to add Articles related to the Village.

Village Groups

This portal belongs to the people of the village. Please let us know if you wish to be involved in updating it for your group or for the village.

Its early days on this for everyone but it will grow to meet the future needs of the village the way the village wants it to.

  • Schools are often keen to get involved with some projects, which can be featured on the portal under teacher supervision.
  • Your community Police officer is able to update the village on anything important happening. If you want to receive these updates its important to be registered to receive them.
  • Local Community Trusts, Community Council or other representative groups can be added
  • Once online, you have the ability to add links to your own Web sites / Social Media links etc. and to communicate with friends and neighbours and do so much more.
  • For those happy to add a telephone number and e.mail address, this could become an up to date telephone directory for the village.
  • You can start your own Smart development page, which we hope will lead to an informal group to discuss the development of the Portal.

Blog Section

There is a Blog section on the left-hand side to use for community articles.

An Admins and Contributors User Guide can be found at: INFORMATION / TOWN DOCUMENTS on the Top Menu Bar.

Information / Town Documents include:

  • Weather and Travel
  • Council Services and National Park Links
  • Community Safety and Health links
  • User Guide for Admins and Contributors
  • Elected Representatives
  • Community Policing Updates page

Regular Updates

There will be new items regularly added so please check in now and then for what’s new.

If you would like to be involved in the development of your Smart Village Portal please let kenny@smartvillage.scot know – even if its only for your own group.

Thank you,

Kenny

Smart Village Scotland

Smart Village Scotland & Digital Scotland

ABOUT DIGITAL SCOTLAND                       

Digital Scotland is a mission-driven business network, our goal is to support the Scottish Government’s ambition of building a world-leading digital nation. Read more in our Action Plan.

Smart Village is our initiative to bring the latest digital capabilities to all of Scotland’s rural towns and villages.

Smart Village Scotland

Scotland’s key established tourist destinations such as our major cities, Isle of Skye, castles, museums, art galleries, Kelpies, golf courses and major festivals are extensively marketed and are already recognised major attractions globally.

It’s time for a new unique approach.

A digital tourism orientated organisation working at a rural level inspiring rural development to drive tourism in a digital Scotland.

How many of Scotland’s 2,112 rural villages and 273 towns are little gems? needing some aspiration and ambition to realise the positive contribution they could make to tourism, which is so vital to Scotland’s economy.

So many of our rural villages hold history, heritage, cultural, fauna, flora and other natural attractions that the vast majority of tourists never actually see. I have watched on the side of the A84 trunk road North observing 20 to 30 tour buses per hour, packed to the gunnels with tourists, travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Oban, Fort William or beyond. This happens year round. The visitors sit in awe staring out of their steamed up windows looking at our magnificent scenery, our lochs, mountains and rural communities, without knowing what they are missing as they pass us by.

The real Scotland is also important and is massively undersold.

A successful “grassroots” strategy of rural and tourism development driving digital connectivity is what Smart Village Scotland delivers.

Some communities in Scotland are fortunate and at a situation of readiness to move straight to “smart village” development. However, many are tired and some, slightly run down and desperately needing a boost to a healthier situation. Some rely on tourism as a source of sustaining the local economy.

The rural business community

Small and medium enterprises and sole traders can all be included within the scope of the development strategy, especially where they sit within the identified 52% of connected communities in rural Scotland that have not yet adopted digital working practices.

The “smart village” initiative from Digital Scotland is about using all of the resources available, for some, they look to take advantage of renewable energy sources, contributing to a low carbon economy. Rural villages are part of the bigger picture networking to other communities, towns and cities in a digital Scotland.

We work with such communities helping them to realise their potential and to reach a stage where a step to “smart village” and digital engagement becomes a natural progression.

 

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Welcome to Smart Strathyre

Welcome to the village of Strathyre, which is the first village in the highlands of Scotland travelling North and is Digital Scotland’s first Smart Village. The once tired community has gone through a revival in recent years through a number of steps and initiatives that have made a significant difference to the village and its kerb appeal and has also restored pride in the community. The village has rediscovered aspiration and ambition with some new ideas helping to shape a brighter future.

For Strathyre, the list of enhancements includes:

  • Live music sessions in the White Stag Inn
  • Establishment of Strathyre Music Festival and Market place
  • Derelict public toilets purchased – converted to an award-winning broch cafe
  • Closed hotels purchased and open for business
  • Former closed down care home now self-catering apartments
  • Strathyre Outdoors adventures with canoe safaris and guided treks
  • Creation of a double award-winning BLiSS trail featured on TV
  • Re-routing the National Cycle Network Route 7 to the village
  • Creation of a Mini Stuc hill race for school children from surrounding schools
  • Village hall enhancements new roof and larger kitchen added
  • River level monitoring and early warning system added to protect the village
  • Strathyre Emergency Response Team established with 22 members
  • Crafternoon workshops and Yoga classes started
  • New Village school with impressive hall to cater for new pupil growth
  • Community purchase of 27 acres of land for leisure and recreational use
  • Annual Firework Display
  • Traditional Christmas Market and Fayre

The above changes introduced over a few years have given the village a lift with new aspiration and ambition helping stimulate even more ideas driven by the BLS Community Trust and a new Community Action plan being implemented with some good ideas for the future. Houses and B&B businesses, previously up for sale for several years, have now sold and new people have moved in with fresh ideas to help maintain the positive momentum.

Tourists that normally bypass the village are now actually stopping and spending an hour or two at the new Broch cafe, or actually stopping over at pubs B&Bs and guest houses or simply stopping to pick up provisions from the village shop. This has delivered a much-needed boost to the local economy. There are more flowers seen in the gardens than weeds with some attractive borders and landscaping maintained by the Old Station Court Tenants and Residents Association volunteers.

The small community of Strathyre has helped to deliver the ingredients of rural development leading to a boost in tourism. This now delivers a natural migration to a digital platform to connect the village with a wide range of information and integrating with all existing businesses to extend the reach of existing websites. The digital platform with its extensive links is then handed over to the community to add further information to benefit everyone in the village. The children of the primary school are also included, with a link to their school and at an appropriate level, engaging the children in the design of their community for the future.

The above process has been encapsulated into a strategy and action plan that has helped create Smart Village Scotland. The next step is the networking and replication of this model at appropriate levels to every rural community in Scotland. An awesome challenge you may think, but no! it’s already happening with some great feedback.

It is important to say that every village or town is different and with different levels of status. Some are already well developed and doing well on rural development and tourism, some don’t have assets or natural attractions to pull in tourism – but in our changing world, digital communication can bring new possibilities, new ideas and help the local economy.

Let us know if you would like to discuss Smart Village or wish to join our growing network.

Neil McEvoy & Kenny Higgins

Digital Scotland