This week saw an invited audience from all over Scotland taking part in a key event to progress the St Kilda Centre – Ionad Hiort – in the Uig area of Lewis.
James Rebanks, the consultant appointed with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to advise on the next stages of the project, presented his interim conclusions on the project’s business case.
Mr Rebanks, from Cumbria, has an international reputation as the leading specialist in World Heritage tourism.
St Kilda is the UK’s only double World Heritage Site and the Uig project is the official UNESCO case study on “remote access” to World Heritage Sites in general.
The presentation took place in the council chamber of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Stornoway followed by a site visit in Uig.
The initiative to create the St Kilda Centre came from five organisations – HIE, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, National Trust for Scotland, Visit Scotland and the National Gaelic Arts Agency.
In 2010, they formed a group which invited communities to put forward proposals for the centre. The cliff-top site at Mangersta, Uig was unanimously selected.