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Diversification without damage

Sir, ‘Leave only footprints, take only memories.’

Our wilder places and remote communities are changing, maybe even under threat. There is a huge surge in people wanting to enjoy time out of the mainstream, second-home owners, holiday- let owners or the greater general public searching out escape, adrenaline sports in wilderness areas.

Tiree is a perfect example of the pressures such communities and locations are now facing. For example, a 160 per cent increase in visitors in just 10 years, and year on year this is accelerating. Crofting was never meant to be a primary form of employment. It can only offer a finite number of jobs.

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