Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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The business community in Skye is protesting against national media articles claiming Skye is "overrun."

They say the tourism industry has been "transformative to the economic fortunes of the area" and claim "sensationalist stories in the National press" could jeopardise the jobs, businesses and income of local people.  

Improvements made to local infrastructure are also listed, including the funds secured to build a car park and toilets at the Fairy Pools; road-side parking for the Quiraing; improvements to the road and car park at Neist Point and plans for a car park extension at the Storr. 

The letter concludes: "The Isle of Skye and Raasay, like many areas of the Highlands and Islands, is home to communities whose future is dependent on good jobs, steady incomes and business opportunities.

"Tourism makes a critical contribution to the local economy, and indeed the wider Scottish economy, and indirectly enables people to live, work and raise a family on the island. We … categorically assert that Skye and Raasay is well and truly open for business."

A marketing campaign has also been set up, along with a new Facebook group, aiming to counteract the newspaper articles advising visitors to avoid Skye.  A "Wish You Were Here" sign has been created, with many local business opting to photograph it to share on their social media.  

More than 60 members of the Skye business community have backed the protest.  They are: 

Pam & Brian Howard Ullinish Country Lodge

Macleod Estates

Alistair Danter – Project Manager SkyeConnect

Leslie Foale – Highland Natural Accents

Catriona Maclean – Torvaig Campsite + Independent Guide

Mr & Mrs Arthu – Portacullin Holidays

Sharon & David Williamson, Isles Hotel, Portree

John White – Whitewave Activities

David & Ali Wilkinson, Henderson House, Stein

Mark Macleod, Skyeness Tours

Julia Christie, Knoydart B&B, Ardvasar

Edward, Kevin and Mary Wickman, Cuillin Hills Hotel

Lyn-Anne Mackinnon, The Wee Croft House, Sasaig

Roger & Norah Shann, Hazelbank, Waternish

Laura Cunningham, Wildlife Croft

Andi Dunkel, SkyeEplore Boat Trips

Nigel Smith, Seaprobe Atlantis

Sam & Lynne Anstice Brown, Skye Jeep Tours

Stuart Mackinnon, Skye Luxury Tours

Anne Gracie Gunn, Sonas Hotels

June Sanderson, Golf Higland High9’s Tour

Catriona MacDonald, An t-Eilean Gallery, Portree

Alison West, West Highland Crafts

Graham & Alison West, Shepherds Cottage B&B

Kevin Stockley, Caorann Crafts

Tony & Irina Emerson, Bracadale Holiday Cottages

Dorothy Morrison, Isle of Skye Holiday Cottages

Stuart Brumpton, Skye Picture House

Eddie Tweedie, No. 1 Bosville Terrace

Clare Winskill, Coruisk House,

Eileen Armstrong, The Hirsel on Skye

Rob Ware, VisitSleat Tourism

Dave Till, SkyeSkyns

Tippecanoe, Portree

Robert Mackaskill , Relish

Doreen Macrae, Top 10 Creations & 3 DKomputers

Janet Gillies, J.M.MacDonald Opticians, Portree

Shirley Spear, Three Chimneys

Peter Dunlop & Martin Benson, Strath Print

Fiona Mandeville, Self Catering Provider

Sam Crowe, Old Croft House B&B

Mark Crowe, Skye Bike Shack

Donald MacDonald, Aros.

Jake Sayles, NFU

Isabella MacDonald, Kinloch Lodge

Nina Gita, Marmalade & Boseville Hotels

Penny Hardie, Penny Hardie Photography, Taigh na Cùil, Duisdale, Sleat

Tom Hyslop, Isle of Skye Leather Company, Sleat

Dianne Young, Fourwinds Self-Catering, Teangue, Sleat

Jannie Diez, South Skye Sea Kayak, Sleat

Alison Phillips, The Old Croft House Self-Catering, Aird, Sleat

Mary Hyslop, Sonas Bed and Breakfast, Ardvasar Sleat

Peter and Jane McDermott, Aird Old Church Gallery, Sleat

Peter and Liz White, Shore Cottage Self-Catering, Ord, Sleat

Tom Eveling, Café Sia, Broadford

Charmian Entwistle – Isle of Skye Yachts

Sarah MacDonald, Floraidh Skye, Eilean Iarmain

Duncan MacInnes, Artistic Director, SEALL - Skye Events for All

Christine Jenkins, Greenwood Barn Self-Catering, Duisdale

Nigel Grounds, Nigel Grounds Gallery, Armadale, Sleat

Norma & Finlay Morrison, Broadford & Strath Community Council

Minikoi B and B

Stay on the Bay, Skye

F Morrison – Joiner

James Robertson, Isle of Skye Candle Co.

Hamish Fraser, SkyeVac

Chris Cartwright, Estate Manager, Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum of the Isles

William Macphee, Hebridean Jewellery

Diane Mackie, No. 10 Self Catering, Artist Gallery

David Brown, AquaXplore.

Lady Lucilla Noble – The Gaelic Whiskies, Islornsay

Gary Wallace – Fearann Eilean Iarmain, Islornsay

Martin Nel – Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Islornsay

Councillor John Gordon



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