Work has started on the new Fairy Pools car park and toilet facilities.

The new car park will enable 130 parking spaces and will be built in two phases - enabling the facility to remain open to the public at all times.

The entire site is due to be completed early next year.

Kate Forbes MSP commented on this long-awaited congestion solution: “The most important people are local residents, whose lives have been disrupted by crazy parking on the side of the road and thoughtless littering. I hope that a brand new car park, toilets and amenities will resolve that.”

With visitor numbers to the Fairy Pools in excess of 100,000 per year, the road and area around the attraction has struggled to cope, with vehicles parked on verges causing severe obstruction, litter issues and a lack of toilet facilities. Nick Duffill, Trustee of the Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) explained: “We are delighted to have completed the transfer of the Fairy Pools car park to the local community, as this will enable us to work in partnership with the Outdoor Access Trust Scotland to realise wider benefits for the community and the surroundings at Fairy Pools. Parking is only one of the challenges faced by many of Skye's most popular locations, and as a community organisation working together with others we can play our part in ensuring that tourism not only provides a good experience for visitors, but actively protects Skye's most important and most fragile assets. We would like to thank Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, Scottish Government, LEADER, Scottish Land Fund, Forest Enterprise Scotland, Macleod Estate and local tourism businesses for their funding and support.”