8th April 2020
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Tourism secretary ‘furious’ tourists are still visiting isles

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The tourism secretary Fergus Ewing has said he is “furious” that tourists are still travelling to the Highlands and Islands amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Ewing urged travellers to reconsider a trip to the isles until the coronavirus clampdown was over.

“I am furious at the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of some people travelling to the Highland and Islands.

“This has to stop now. Let me be crystal clear, people should not be travelling to rural and island communities full stop.

“They are endangering lives. Do not travel.”

He added that he had been in touch with travel organisations to ask what further measures they could introduce to tackle this issue.

“The Scottish Government’s advice is that essential travel only should be undertaken,” Mr Ewing said.


  1. Colin Black

    If the minister is furious, why doesn’t he do something about it. He is in government after all. Northlink contract is the responsibility of the Scottish Government for a start.

  2. Anne Gair

    I would like to know what Fergus Ewing is doing about people travelling to the isles? I don’t want to just hear that he is angry at this happening, I want to know he is going to put a STOP to it!


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