Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil has welcomed the findings of the Islands Visitor Survey, which shows that the number of people visiting the Outer Hebrides has risen by 27% over the past six years.

The Islands Visitor Survey said more than 218,000 people visited the isles and spent more than £53.5m between October 2012 and September 2013.

Commenting Angus MacNeil said:

“I warmly welcome the findings of the Islands Visitor Survey, this is certainly great news for our tourism industry and the local economy.

“Increased media coverage showing our stunning scenery and award winning beaches coupled with cheaper ferry fares, introduced by the SNP Government have contributed to the rise in visitors.

“I congratulate all those involved in the tourism industry as they continue to do a tremendous job in attracting and welcoming visitors to our islands.”