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In Scotland, local authorities, the Scottish Government and other public bodies have to carry out an Island Communities Impact Assessment when developing, revising and delivering any policy, strategy, service, or legislation that could have a significantly different effect on island communities.

VisitScotland is required to consider island communities when carrying out its functions under the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

While our island communities are different from each other, they often face challenges compared to mainland and urban areas due to distance, geography, connectivity, and demography. This might result in unforeseen issues or barriers, which unfairly disadvantage islanders.

This page contains any island impact assessment undertaken by VisitScotland.

Read more on island communities impact assessments on

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