£1.8m to be invested to promote Scotland's islands

Scotland is to provide £1.8m of funding to promote the country's islands through a year of local events and activities.

Scotland’s Islands
Scotland’s Islands
'Scotland's Islands' is a new marketing initiative between six local authorities: Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles). Other stakeholders include Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Event Scotland and Visit Scotland.

Organisations can apply for support through three rounds of funding online, with the first deadline being 12 November.

"We are very excited about this collaborative initiative between the islands," said Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Project Lead head of economic development Joe MacPhee.

"By working in partnership we can create the critical mass for more effective marketing, open up access to new markets and raise the islands’ profile as modern communities which are wonderful places to visit, live and do business. This is also a tremendous example of how local authorities can work together to maximise resources and attract substantial inward investment."

Today (4 November) at the Scottish Parliament, MSP for the Western Isles, Alasdair Allan, and Scotland’s Island’s Steering Group hosted an event for participating stakeholders and supporters, to update them on progress with the initiative. Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, also spoke at the reception.

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