LEADER, January 31 2020

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Bright future for tourism

While no area is truly safe with huge threats to industry hanging in the balance, the prospect of a tourist route bringing more people to the area than ever before is extremely heartening.

Tourism is one of the most important and valuable factors in maintaining economic growth in rural areas and its importance should not be undermined.

If Paul McCartney loved Kintyre enough to write a song about always wanting to be here, we’re not sure what more people need to hear to experience the area for themselves.

Tourists seem to like the satisfaction of completing a particular challenge, or ticking a specific route off their travel list.

If that’s the case, then Kintyre 66 could really help promote the area to Brits wanting to go on ‘staycation’, as well as foreign holidaymakers looking for the best Scotland has to offer.

It could also do tourist hot-spots, such as Skye, the world of good too – it is said to suffer from increasing amounts of road and path erosion as a result of the number of tourists it receives.