A celebration event was held on Friday 10 August to mark a land transfer from Forest Enterprise Scotland to Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA).
Kate Forbes MSP was in attendance, and stated: “There are diggers at the Fairy Pools building a new car park, and I was delighted to officially cut the cake to celebrate.
“For two years the good people of Glenbrittle have struggled to get through the build-up of traffic at the Fairy Pools.
“Finally, with a lot of hard work, persistence and political will, Minginish Community Hall Association have the money, the land and plans to build a car park.
“This is an inspirational example of communities turning assets into money-making enterprises for local benefit. The car park will create an income stream for the hall association.
“It’s great to see charging already in place at the smaller car park and so the community are already receiving a small income.”
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch added: “Tourism should be a benefit to local communities - not just individual businesses.
“The project at the Fairy Pools seemed almost impossible for months, with challenging geography, a high budget and so many stakeholders. However, it shows what is possible.
“Communities should always be in control of what’s happening on their front door step and should see the economic benefit of the growth in tourism, as they will now do at the Fairy Pools.
“It’s an example to other communities of what can be achieved when they feel at the mercy of powers outside their control.”
Photo: Kate Forbes pictured with Nick Duffill of the Minginish Community Hall Association and Keith Bryer of the Oatdoor Access Trust Scotland.