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The CPG on Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism meets to discuss the merits and opportunities in taking forward the strategy for the nationally growing market of Marine Tourism in Scotland. 

For more details about the Cross-Party Group and its role in supporting and promoting Scottish marine tourism, including details of forthcoming and past meetings click here

The Cross-Party Group for Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism is key to the operation of the Partnership Plan and process.  The CPG provides the public forum for commitments to be made, for reporting to take place, for peers to hold one another accountable, for help to be secured, and to celebrate successes.

The diagram opposite illustrates the role the CPG plays and the relationship between partner's work plans, Giant Strides, and the National Tourism Strategy and leadership.

The Cross-Party Group meets 4 times a year. The meetings are usually held once a quarter and are a mix of video conference and in person. Full-day symposiums are run from time to time too. These forums offer a platform to showcase activity and to get a broader group together to explore challenges and opportunities. These will be hosted at the Scottish Parliament and will often be followed by a reception.

















  • Cross-Party Group

    Stuart McMillan – Convener
    Party: Scottish National Party
    MSP for: Greenock and Inverclyde (Constituency)

    Elena Whitham - Deputy Convener
    Party: Scottish National Party
    MSP for: Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Constituency)


    Finlay Carson – Member
    Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
    MSP for: Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency)


    Katy Clark – Member
    Party: Scottish Labour
    MSP for: West Scotland (Region)


    Sharon Dowey - Member
    Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
    MSP for: South Scotland (Region)


    Emma Harper – Member
    Party: Scottish National Party
    MSP for: South Scotland (Region)


    Jenni Minto – Member
    Party: Scottish National Party
    MSP for: Argyll and Bute (Constituency)


    Alex Rowley – Member
    Party: Scottish Labour
    MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)


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    Non-MSP Individuals

    Gordon Daly

    Momchil Terziev


    Blue Sea Consulting LLP

    British Marine

    British Marine Scotland

    British Ports Association

    British Divers Marine Life Rescue

    Canalside Hub (Paddle sports liaison)

    Clyde Cruising Club

    Crown Estate Scotland

    Cruise Loch Lomond Ltd

    Cruise Scotland

    Edinburgh Boat Charters

    Edinburgh Canal Society

    Forth Estuary Forum

    Forth Yacht Clubs Association

    Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company Ltd

    Gordon Ritchie Marketing

    Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

    Holt Leisure Group

    Holy Loch Port/Marina

    Inland Waterways Association

    Keep Scotland Beautiful

    Kinloch Castle Friends Association

    Kintyre Seasports

    Largs Yacht Haven

    Linlithgow Union Canal Society

    Lowland Canals Association

    Lowland Canals Volunteer Group

    Marine Conservation Society

    Marine Scotland

    National Trust for Scotland

    Northern Light

    Ocean Sailing Scotland

    Port Edgar Berth Holders Association


    Royal Yachting Association Scotland

    Sail Scotland


    Scottish Adventure Activities Forum

    Scottish Canals

    Scottish Canoe Association

    Scottish Coastal Rowing Association

    Scottish Environment Link

    Scottish Tourism Alliance

    Scottish Waterways for all Advisory Group

    Sea Cadet Association in Scotland

    Skills Development Scotland

    Solway Firth Partnership


    Stranraer Watersports Association

    Stravaigin Sailing

    Tarbert Harbour Authority

    The Hebridean Whale Trail

    Thomas Telford Corpach Marina

    Transport Scotland

    University of Highlands and Islands


    Water Safety Scotland

    West Coast Waters

    West Highland Anchorages and Moorings Association

    West Highland College

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation


Membership is available to any interested individual or organisation, please get in touch with the secretary.



Welcome by stuart mcmillan MSP


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