Access to Lealt Gorge and its car park will be unavailable today (Monday 28 May) for approximately four weeks.

Work is set to commence on the new viewing platform and car park dedicated to the popular attraction.  

 

The capital works form part of a new phase of Staffin Community Trust’s (SCT) Skye Ecomuseum project - which also includes new interpretation and a wide ranging events programme involving schools, older residents, families and visitors.

An economic report has estimated that the Staffin economy, which is classed as fragile by the Scottish Government, would be boosted by an additional visitor spend of £165,000 in the first year of the ecomuseum project’s delivery. The viewing platform will provide commanding views of two waterfalls, the Trotternish Ridge and across to Wester Ross.

SCT will also build a new 20-space car park to cater for the expected public demand to visit the platform. SCT progressed the car park plans after Highland Council advised that permission for the platform would not be forthcoming unless more spaces were created.