The Western Isles is to bid for a slice of funding to upgrade tourism infrastructure.
The Scottish Government is making £6 million available across the country to support
collaborative projects in rural areas that have faced pressure on their infrastructure
or negative impacts on communities due to significant increases in visitor numbers.
The fund is administered by VisitScotland, with applications to be submitted by local
or National Park authorities.
Priorities are to improve parking and scenic lay-bys, camping facilities, disposal
points (especially for camper vans) and toilet provision.
Money is also available for recycling points as well as essential improvement works
to paths where they alleviate visitor pressures.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar intends to submit an Outer Hebrides wide application on
behalf of the tourism sector.
Donald Crichton, chairman of the sustainable development committee said: "This is
an excellent opportunity to improve the experience for our visitors and alleviate
some of the problems we encountered last summer.
“The comhairle is looking for community input to highlight the most severe pressure
points and areas which have suffered a negative impact. We also need input as to
what the solutions might be.
“The fund is limited - with a maximum award of £300k - so we need to think creatively
and work together across the tourism, public and private sectors.”