Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Portree and the Old Man of Storr areas are set to benefit from a major funding boost.

The funding has been awarded from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) and will benefit 13 sites across Scotland.  

£184,506 has been allocated to enhance visitor access at the Old Man of Storr.  

Another £300,000 will go towards creating an extended hardstanding area in west Bayfield Carpark, Portree, as well as to provide more parking spaces and day parking for motorhomes with waste and water facilities.

Tourism Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, announced the funding today (Thursday 6 June).  

Kate Forbes MSP commented on the news, saying: "I have always maintained that I represent the most beautiful constituency in Scotland, and understandably visitors from near and far want to come and see this for themselves.

"In some places, the existing infrastructure has been creaking under the pressure of vastly increased tourism numbers, so I am thrilled to see over £1m of Scottish Government funding going towards projects in my constituency that will provide better visitor facilities.

"The growth on Skye has been well-documented and the proposed improvements for Portree and at the Storr are most welcome."


The RTIF was launched in 2018 to help meet the demand of growing visitor numbers by funding infrastructure improvements such as parking, motorhome disposal points, visitor facilities and recycling points.


The full list of recipients of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund is available from VisitScotland at: with funding awards generally still subject to conditions.

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