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Skye Fairy Pools land taken into community ownership

The group hope to improve access for tourists and residents to the site.

Pools: The tourist site is often overwhelmed with visitors.
Pools: The tourist site is often overwhelmed with visitors. Daniel Stockman, licensed for reuse (cropped)

A community group in Skye have purchased land next to the Fairy Pools in the hope it can improve access for tourists and locals.

Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) purchased the land for £2500, discounted down from the £30,000 market value.

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) launched the Community Asset Transfer Scheme earlier this year.

It was granted the discount because the proposal would have "substantial public benefit, alleviating long-term concerns for tourists and residents, as well as installing new visitor facilities".

Tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop made the announcement while visiting to Skye to meet people involved in the tourism industry.

Ms Hyslop said: "I am delighted Forest Enterprise Scotland have agreed to the sale of this land, which will help the local community respond to the pressures and opportunities that comes with having a world-class attraction like the Fairy Pools on your doorstep.

"We recognise the recent surge in interest seen by some of our tourism sites, particularly in rural locations.

"That is why we recently announced a new £6m Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund."

She added: "Alongside the Skye Strategic Group, the Scottish Government will continue to do all we can to support sustainable growth in tourism, working in partnership with local communities in Skye, throughout the Highlands and islands and across Scotland."

MCHA director Julie Burnett said: "Minginish Community Hall Association is delighted at the success of our transfer request.

"This is a key milestone in the project to provide improved parking facilities close to the Fairy Pools.

"The community benefit of the land transfer and the overall project cannot be overstated.

"Both residents living in Glen Brittle and future visitors to the Fairy Pools will benefit from the proposal to expand and improve the existing small car park."

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