Highlands & Islands

Staffin Community Trust to push on with Storr project

The Old Man of Storr Image copyright Thinkstock
Image caption SCT describes The Storr as a gateway to areas in the north of Skye

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) says it has the backing of islanders to push ahead with its proposal to manage or buy land at The Storr in Skye.

The organisation has suggested creating a visitor centre and new parking to improve access to the Old Man of Storr and Trotternish Ridge.

A survey of local residents and groups on the idea found 85.6% of respondents support SCT's proposal.

Highland Council owns the 202 acres (82 hectares) of land involved.

SCT's board hopes to hold talks with the local authority, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Community Ownership Support Service to progress the project.

The trust considers The Storr to be "a vital entry point and economic driver" for Staffin because 70% of those who visited The Storr earlier this year then travelled north to Staffin.

The Old Man of Storr and Trotternish Ridge are among Skye's most recognisable landscapes.

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