PEOPLE in the Wee County will have a "crucial part to play" in supporting the tourism industry as it slowly restarts.

A number of attractions and hospitality businesses have opened their doors again last Wednesday, July 15, with the national tourism organisation VisitScotland calling on people to support the sector in its time of need.

The Japanese Garden at Cowden, where booking is currently essential, as well as a wide range of hotels, restaurants and pubs are up and running.

Popular Inglewood House and Spa in Alloa re-opened with a fresh summer menu, the restaurant at Claremont Hotel in town is offering tasty treats and Dunmar House has also opened up its beer garden and kitchen.

It is understood Alloa's popular Italian restaurant Bar Aldo's, which offered bread and pasta at the start of the lockdown months ago, did not open up last Wednesday.

However, Aldo, Fiorinda and the team have hinted on social media that a wine terrace is in the making – meanwhile they have once again given thanks after being "overwhelmed" by the community's support.

There are many more places welcoming people back in the Wee County and VisitScotland has outlined five simple actions people can take to help restart the tourism economy.

People are being encouraged to visit attractions, take day trips to rediscover what is on the doorstep, shop in the nearby area, enjoy a meal out while raising a glass and book staycations.

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland's chief executive, said: "Scottish tourism is facing its biggest challenge in a generation and will need financial support for some time to come to help it recover.

"The Scottish public has a crucial part to play in helping this happen.

"It's easy to not think of yourself as a tourist in your own country but many of the experiences that we often enjoy with loved ones, such as holidays, shopping or eating out, all contribute to our visitor economy.

"July 15 marks a new era for the industry as we start to welcome back visitors and take our first steps on the road to a safe and responsible recovery.

"However, reopening won't be the same for all businesses, many are still adapting to this 'new normal', so it's important that we recognise that as we move forward to try and restore our industry."

Indeed, it is understood, that Alloa Tower will stay closed until the 2021-22 season while there is no opening date set yet for Castle Campbell in Dollar.

Both the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland are re-opening properties on a phased basis, with safety being a top priority.

Visit for more details and ideas on places to visit.