Surge in tourism creates strain on Scottish Highlands

Published on : Thursday, November 2, 2017

download (14)“You’d struggle to find anyone in the Highlands who is anti-tourist,” says the SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate Forbes, “but some people have been pushed to the brink.” However, Forbes adds concisely: “There is perfectly legitimate nimbyism going on when someone is doing the toilet in your garden!”


Many politicians and locals share the same opinion that the summer of this year experienced the exponential growth in terms of visitor numbers reach a tipping point. All through the Highlands, the reports of the peak season of this year says that motorhome wastes were dumped by the roadside in the Western Isles. The local police have recommended the visitors to Skye to book accommodation in advance. Side by side, they have issued warnings of increased accidents along the North Coast 500 route as new drivers are finding it tough to negotiate narrow single track roads.


As per the report from Highland council, parking, wifi, phone reception, toilets, public transport and wet weather facilities have been experiencing massive strain in terms of ever increasing visitor numbers. This has initiated Forbes to assemble a Q&A session on Friday with the help of Fiona Hyslop, minister for tourism of the Scottish government where she will have to answer the questions from Skye residents, explaining their concerns.


Of late, Scotland is witnessing a humungous growth in tourism. Credit goes to a potent mix of whisky, heritage and scenery.


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