Skye and Eigg tourism projects get cash boost

Local MSP Kate Forbes has welcomed the annoucement of new tourism grants by the Scottish Government.

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Tourism projects on Skye and the Small Isles are to be boosted by Scottish Government cash.

Projects to improve visitor services at Portree (£300,000) and the Old Man of Storr (£184,506), as well as on Eigg (£273,632) are among the schemes to benefit.

Skye MSP Kate Forbes MSP welcomed more than £1m of Rural Tourism Infrastucture funding announced last week which will help improve areas across her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

There has been a significant increase in visitor numbers on the footpath to the Old Man of Storr on Skye and the new money will allow Highland Council to improve visitor access while protecting iconic landscapes and internationally important habitats.

In Portree, the money will be spent on an extended hard standing area in west Bayfield car park and day parking for motorhomes with waste and water services.

On Eigg, the funding will be used to build four new toilets and showers, interpretation panels and signs at the island’s only visitor centre at the pier.

Ms Forbes said: ‘I have always maintained I represent the most beautiful constituency in Scotland and, understandably, visitors want to come and see this for themselves.

‘In some places, the existing infrastructure has been creaking under the pressure of vastly increased tourism numbers, so I am thrilled to see more than £1m of Scottish Government funding going towards projects in my constituency.

‘The growth on Skye has been well-documented and the proposed improvements for Portree and at the Storr are most welcome.

‘Many people enjoy the ferry over to the Small Isles so I am pleased for the Eigg community as this money will support what’s on offer for tourists at the pier.

‘The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund has made a big difference to the Highlands. Communities can apply for funding directly. It has been a great success.’