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Mini Bite – from Alistair Danter – 15th May – 2023

In Alistair's Mini Bite below you'll find information on Alistair Danter's work as Project Manager for SkyeConnect.


The last few weeks seem to have revolved around managing and discussing collaborations; collaborations between businesses, collaborations between communities, collaborations between agencies and businesses ……the list goes on. When we come together and collaborate, we can achieve so much more than as individual organisations. The footpath restoration and environmental protection work in North Skye over the last 3 years has involved 3 public agencies, 2 communities and 2 Social Enterprises. Development of the MySkyeTime visitor app involved 8 different departments of The Highland Council as well as a host of other players. It’s hard work and sometimes, at the end of the day, the term “spun out” feels appropriate. Here are some other collaborative spinning plates:


Our first Travel trip and entertainment guide has just gone live. The campaign is being promoted by local influencer Katie Tunn through blogs, facebook and Instagram posts. The campaign encourages visitors to take a deep dive / focus on specific geographical communities and not try to “knock off” the entire island in 24 hours. We intend to run similar campaigns on a quarterly basis. If you want to be featured in future campaigns just join SkyeConnect and we will include you. Travel Tip flyers will be available through the ICentre in Portree or just download from our website. If you want to print off and put in bedroom packs or on notice boards. If you are asked for advice from guests on places to visit/ things to do etc please direct them to our inspirations page.

Skye Connect

If you are not sure what SkyeConnect does this video explains all! Revised membership packages now include web entries, live entry on the MySkyeTime App at the next revision, and an opportunity to be filmed for our Member of the Month feature. Joining is simple – just click here. Remember to upload your business details and photos in order to get a listing on


A new supplier directory page is under construction on the B2B site We also have plans for a regular supplier distribution list. If you are a supplier or know any suppliers that would like to be listed in the Directory please contact

Short-Term Let Licensing

Two important updates on Short-Term Let Licensing – The ASSC has submitted a briefing to the Scottish Government, following a request from the new Housing Minister, Paul McLennan MSP. The full news article can be read here.

Badenoch & Strathspey Designated as Planning Control Area – On Thursday 4 May

2023 at the Economy and Infrastructure Committee meeting of The Highland

Council, Members agreed to the commencement of the Badenoch and Strathspey

(Ward 20) Short-Term Let Control Area (STLCA) and a formally established date of the 18 June 2023. Full details can be found here


Calmac Ferries – Lochmaddy/Tarbert-Uig services – MV Clansman will continue to deliver this service until approximately 25 May, operating the normal timetable,

while MV Hebrides undertakes her delayed overhaul period. MV Hebrides will return to normal service on 25 May.

Outdoor Access Code

We are clearly in for a busy season and would urge all accommodation providers to make sure that guests are aware of the Outdoor Access Code. While the vast majority of visitors behave responsibly a minority continue to cause problems. The main areas of concern continue to be dogs with livestock and stone circle constructions. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A STONE LABYRITH IN THE FAIRYGLEN. To the best of our knowledge the artist Andy Goldsworthy, or poor imitations of his work, has never been commissioned in the Fairyglen.

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Welcome to new members Kevin & Janni of South Skye Sea Kayak.

This will be the last mini bite for a couple of weeks …. A family wedding + recovery period calls!

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