Island Communities in Scotland addressing Overtourism

Island Communities in Scotland addressing Overtourism

6 Nov 2017, 12:15 - 13:00

WTM Responsible Tourism Theatre


In the past twelve months, the challenge of managing increasing volumes of visitors on Scottish islands have come to the fore. In Orkney tourism stakeholders at their annual conference in March discussed how to cope with success. The “discovery” of Orkney by the cruise lines has led to some strains within the tourism community and concerns about overtourism. The islands have a relatively high level of repeat visitors and when the cruise ships are in the honeypot sites are crowded. Arran too faces the challenge and Skye has been in the news this year with stories on the BBC Skye Visitors Toiletting outdoors, a Skye Tourism Tax and in August Police Scotland were asking people not to visit without a reservation. What can be done? 

Speakers include: 

  • Moderator: Caroline Warburton National Strategy Delivery Coordinator, The Scottish Tourism Alliance
  • Sheila Gilmore, Executive Director VisitArran & The Arran Trust
  • Cameron Taylor, Orkney Tourism Group
  • Shirley Spear, Director, SkyeConnect (Founder Three Chimneys Restaurant)

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  • Caroline Warburton


    National Tourism Strategy Coordinator

    Scottish Tourism Alliance

    Caroline Warburton joined the Scottish Tourism Alliance in 2012 with the specific responsibility of working with the Tourism Leadership Group, a...

  • Sheila Gilmore


    Executive Director


    Sheila Gilmore hails from the beautiful Isle of Arran, off the West Coast of Scotland, and known as Scotland in Miniature (it's first on the left...

  • Cameron Taylor


    Orkney Tourism Group

  • Shirley Spear



    The Three Chimneys (Scotland) Ltd

    Born in the Scottish Border town of Peebles, Shirley Spear grew up in Edinburgh. She began a career in journalism in Dundee, later moving to London...


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