Friday, November 22, 2019
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Island rangers could be part of a plan to improve visitors' experiences on Skye.

The option of a ranger service will be the subject of a one-day conference at Minginish Community Hall next month.

Skye residents and businesses will be asked for their views at the SkyeConnect-organised conference.

At the conference, delegates will hear from former Cairngorm Ranger, Nic Bullivant; representatives of Community Trusts managing key visitor locations; landowners and organisations such as Surfers Against Sewage and Skye Cycleway. The day will be chaired by Iain Turnbull from the National Trust for Scotland.

In the afternoon, delegates will be split into small discussion groups to address three key questions: Is a Ranger Service a good idea for Skye? What would be its make-up and role? And, how would it be funded and sustained for the long term?

SkyeConnect Project Manager, Alistair Danter said: “This one-day conference is a great opportunity for everyone to contribute to SkyeConnect’s on-going efforts to improve the visitor experience while protecting our unique environment.

"The pressures on our environment from being the second most popular visitor destination in Scotland are undeniable.

"Dealing with these problems often falls on the shoulders of voluntary groups. We want to know if now is the time for a professional service to manage key locations and the visitor experience. We would encourage anyone with an interest to join us at the Minginish Hall on 5 October and contribute to the debate."

Attendance at the conference, which runs from 10am until 3:30pm, is free of charge and delegates can register for the event by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-visitors-creating-experiences-protecting-our-land-tickets-72223342963.

 

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