Ownership of the Fairy Pools car park will transfer to the Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA).

The Scottish Land Fund has today (Thursday 23 November) announced a grant of £38,500 that will allow the MCHA to take ownership of the car park.

The existing traffic congestion around the popular tourist attraction, and the impact of this on local residents, has been well documented in recent times, and a decision by Forestry Enterprise Scotland to sell the land at a discounted price, under the community asset transfer scheme, was warmly welcomed earlier this month.

Today's Scottish Land Fund grant gives the group the means to purchase the existing car park and adjacent 30 acres of woodland to make way for a new and improved car park with an additional one hundred spaces, as well as exploring the possibility of providing much needed toilet facilities.

Julie Burnett from MCHA, said: "MCHA is delighted to hear that our application to The Scottish Land Fund has been approved. The community benefit of the land purchase cannot be overstated. The project will result in residents living in Glen Brittle regaining access their homes and services without worrying about congestion. At the same time, visitors to the Fairy Pools will enjoy improved and safer facilities when visiting this beautiful area."

Announcing today's funding, John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: "One of the many strengths of the Scottish Land Fund is its ability to respond flexibly to the individual needs of local communities. On the Isle of Skye, for example, today's funding will help to provide a practical solution to a local infrastructure problem."