Kate Forbes MSP welcomes over £1m funding for Highland tourism hotspots

Kate Forbes MSP has welcomed over £1m of Scottish Government funding which will help improve tourism infrastructure at Highland hotspots across her Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

Projects to improve visitor facilities on the Isle of Eigg (£273,632), Glen Nevis (£300,000), Portree (£300,000), Old Man of Storr (£184,506), Cromarty (£300,000) and Glenfinnan (£53,704) were all successful. 

The money comes from the second round of Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I have always maintained that I represent the most beautiful constituency in Scotland, and understandably visitors from near and far 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 over £1m of Scottish Government funding going towards projects in my constituency that will provide better visitor facilities.

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

“Glenfinnan and Glen Nevis are another two iconic tourism hotspots, and I’m pleased to see the path being completed at Glenfinnan and access arrangements resolved at the Lower Steall Falls.

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

“I recently met with members of the Cromarty Community Development Trust and was hugely impressed by their plans. With the history and array of great eateries, the village is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year. This funding is testament to the trust’s hard work and vision.

“The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund has made a big difference to the Highlands. It is why I called for a fund which would enable communities to apply for funding directly and resolve some of the challenges of tourism in their areas. It has been a great success.”

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