Fairy pools. One of the spots struggling to cope with demand

 

Skye MSP Kate Forbes says she had a "productive" meeting with one of the Scottish Government's senior figures to discuss rising tourist numbers on the island and growing pressure on its infrastructure.

The local politican met with Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, to look at ways forward as parts of Skye struggle to cope with the increasing demands placed on it. 

She said: "It was particularly useful looking at what is working well in other places – such as the Business Improvement District focused on tourism in Loch Lomond or the co-operative in Argyll and Bute. I have also invited the Cabinet Secretary to visit the Isle of Skye.

"With these growing numbers in mind, we need to look well ahead and I would like to see businesses, communities and public bodies develop a Skye Tourist Development Plan which could strategically plan for the next few years.

"Skye is the jewel in the crown of Highland tourism and the numbers of tourists are growing exponentially year on year, putting huge pressure on infrastructure.

"There is a clear need to bring together communities, businesses and public bodies to take things forward, and I hope to be a part of that."

The MSP is due to hold her next surgery on the island be on Friday 3rd February at the Portree service point on the Isle of Skye. Please phone 01349 863888 to make an appointment.