A company in Skye, working in partnership with Highland Council, will launch a free weekend shuttle service to popular destinations of Skye, Fairy Pools and Old Man of Storr, starting tomorrow (August 7).
This service, by Go Skye in partnership with the council’s transport coordination unit, is funded from a provision made under the region’s visitor management plan for 2021.
Shuttle services will be available free of charge to passengers, as an added incentive to move away from personal transport – the volume of which has strained Skye’s infrastructure as its popularity has increased dramatically for visitors. In addition to the Stagecoach service extensions which were introduced at the end of June, it is hoped that progress will be made to encourage the many visitors to Skye to use public transport as a viable alternative.
Isle of Skye and Raasay Regional Committee Chairman Cllr John Gordon said: ‘This is an important pilot program because by closely monitoring its operation in Skye we may ultimately see a future benefit. in Highland.
“The work of finding solutions at various beauty sites is essential for creating capacity and enjoyment for locals and visitors, as well as reducing pressure on roads and parking. “
He added: “Feedback from all stakeholders will determine how things develop for future visitor management plans. The Highland Council is delighted to work with GoSkye, which is a locally renowned company that has been keen to help with tourism management.
Steve Smith, Director of Go Skye, said: “Go Skye Ltd is delighted to be working with the Highland Council on this pilot project. We implemented shuttle services a few years ago, but believe that the extra support, making the service free, can help encourage tourists to get out of their cars.
Go Skye services will run until September 12.