Smith Welcomes Skye Named One Of The Top Island Destinations

27 October 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, an alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, has today welcomed news that the Isle of Skye has been named as one of the top island destinations in Europe.

Skye came eighth in the Top 10 European Islands category of Conde Nast Traveller's Readers' Choice Awards beating sunnier destinations -Sicily, and Hvar in Croatia. Three Scottish golf hotels, The Old Course hotel in St Andrews, the Turnberry resort and Gleneagles, were also named in the Top 20 European resorts category.

Smith said:

“The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful locations, with its rolling backgrounds, breathtaking views and rich culture.  It therefore comes as no surprise that the ‘Misty Isle’ pipped other European hotspots to the post! It appears that Skye is not the limit and three golf hotels have also made it into the record books and are also flying the flag for Scottish tourism.

"The tourism sector is playing a vital role in Scotland's economic recovery and it makes strong economic sense to build on this success by spotlighting some of Scotland's greatest assets.”