Crown Estate offers support to North Uist and Gigha

The Crown Estate has announced it will provide support to projects on two Scottish islands.

The organisation, which owns coastland and seabed around the UK, is to invest £380,000 in developing marine tourism on North Uist.

The Crown Estate also said Gigha in Argyll and Bute will benefit from its new Local Management Agreement programme.

LMAs aim to give communities more control of coastal assets.

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust will be helped to develop its plans for Ardminish Bay.

The project has already secured £271,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund, which is administered by the Big Lottery.

The Crown Estate made the announcements at a meeting of the Our Islands - Our Future campaign on Orkney.

The campaign involves three island authorities - Shetland, Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - and calls for islanders to have more control over resources.

The councils want this to happen whatever the result of next year's vote in the independence referendum.

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