The constituency MSP for Skye has welcomed further Scottish Government funding which will help improve tourism infrastructure at some of the island’s most iconic attractions.
£100,000 from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund will improve car parking facilities at Neist Point, whilst £300,000 will open the next phase of the Fairy Pools development, including the creation of toilet facilities.
Last year Skye MSP Kate Forbes organised and led two well-attended tourism summits with local businesses, community groups and tourism organisations, which looked at tourism-related problems and potential solutions. She also orchestrated a visit from Tourism Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
Earlier this week the Scottish Government added £100,000 funding to help create a new car park at the Quirang on the Staffin peninsula, whilst LEADER allocated £200,000 towards an expanded car park at the Fairy Pools.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “Hot on the heels of the announcement earlier this week about funding for the Fairy Pools and the Quiraing, I am delighted that there will also be additional funding for Neist Point and to develop the Fairy Pools even further.
“This money comes directly from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, which I welcomed in October.
“The First Minister’s announcement of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund came after a very busy tourist season on Skye, when many local people raised their concerns with me about the pressures on parking, toilets and roads.
“I hosted many meetings with local residents, businesses and the Scottish Government to discuss solutions to the pressures.
“It is important that progress on infrastructure is made in advance of the tourist season, and that is why I am so pleased that we’ve had several announcements this week of additional funding for the key hot spots on Skye.
“To secure funding for the Fairy Pools, Neist Point and the Quiraing is superb.
“These three areas were all subjected to a rapid growth in visitor numbers and it’s important that the infrastructure is ready for the continuing demand this year.”