New camp site for Broadford, after £1.1 million lottery boost

Local volunteers Alison MacLennan and Alistair McPherson celebrate at the site

A new camp site is to be developed in south Skye – after lottery funds of over £1.1 million were secured this week by the Broadford and Strath Community Company.

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland award of £1,106,019 will create a new 50 pitch campsite in a community woodland in Broadford purchased in 2011. It is hoped the project will provide a busy camping facility and help stimulate the local economy by attracting more tourists to the area.

Alistair McPherson, Chairman of Broadford and Strath Community Company, said: “We receive this good news with a mixture of delight and disbelief. We have been working towards developing this much needed facility and producing an income stream to support community projects for many years. We have had several setbacks along the way, but this injection of capital from the Big Lottery Fund means that we can at last make things happen for the good of the whole community.

“Local people will benefit from the campsite in so many different ways – we’re creating and supporting jobs, there will be opportunities for local businesses with more tourists in the area, and the profit from the campsite will be used to support community groups.”

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has announced over £2.6 million in funding to three Highland community based projects.

Also celebrating was the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, which received £1,000,567 to build a new community resource and visitor centre. The Falls of Shin Community Project will replace the previous visitor centre destroyed by fire in May 2013.

Inverness-based ‘Home-Start East Highland’ – a project which helps isolated and vulnerable young families – received £513,212.

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “We want to continue to work with communities and organisations to support activity which is people centred, strength based and has good local connections.”

More on this story in this week’s West Highland Free Press, out on Thursday.