Two projects on the Isle of Skye have been successful in the latest round of Scottish Government funding to help improve tourism infrastructure in rural areas.
Kate Forbes MSP, who campaigned for the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, welcomed £300,000 for new toilet and motorhome facilities at Storr – which will complement the car parking development already underway – and £65,579 for improved car parking and “green toilets” at Blabheinn, an increasingly popular climbing spot.
Today’s (5 October) announcement brings the tally of Scottish Government investment in tourism infrastructure projects on Skye to over £750,000 this year.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “After years of planning, it’s great that the Storr has secured funding from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund. This funding will be a catalyst locally in making the plans happen.
“I campaigned hard for a Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund because I knew that it would ensure that local projects actually happened. To date, Neist Point and the Fairy Pools have benefited. Now, the Storr and Blabheinn will also.
“This summer has not been free of negative publicity relating to tourism, but we have come a long way since the summer of 2017. That year, I arranged several meetings to discuss the need for a tourism plan and funding to deliver it.
“Whilst nothing ever happens overnight, it is incredibly heartening to see new facilities being funded and improvements being made.”