Communities benefit from tourism capital investment

Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis.

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Ten community organisations in the Outer Hebrides are preparing to open up after lockdown with support of £320,141 distributed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The Community Led Tourism Infrastructure (CLTI) investments are supporting capital projects across the Western Isles to help prepare for the safe return of visitors.

This support has enabled communities to address environmental challenges including providing campervan waste disposal, better toilet provision, creating outdoor eating areas and introducing e-bikes as a more sustainable way for visitors to explore the islands.

Rachel Mackenzie, from HIE, said: ‘Community groups have been vital in ensuring emergency funds have reached those most impacted by the effects of Covid-19.

‘More recently we’ve seen demand grow for help as organisations prepare to restart normal activities.

‘Our short term CLTI investments have helped them prepare for a safer re-opening to help welcome tourists back to our islands and bring economic benefits to our communities.’

Community groups receiving funding were: Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn; West Harris Trust; Harris Golf Club; Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhradhagair agus Arnoil; Great Bernera Community Development Trust; Gallan Head Community Trust; Uig Development Trust; North Uist Development Company; Uist Wool Ltd and Point and Sandwick Coastal Community Path SCIO.