Skye has a lot to boast about. From rolling mountainous views to a wild rugged coastline and mystical ancient castles, the Scottish isle is undoubtedly beautiful.
But its allure is also leading to its demise, as the island struggles to cope with an overwhelming number of tourists.
The situation has become so worrying that local police have issued a warning to holidaymakers.
Skye police sergeant Bruce Crawford said visitors “regularly” arrive with no accommodation, having to resort to officers for help when there are no vacancies due to soaring demand.
Hotels and B&Bs have been forced to turn people away, with signs reading “Totally full”.
Sergeant Crawford explained: “The summer months are an incredibly busy period on Skye and this is obviously good for business but it can create problems, especially with accommodation often at a premium.
“I would never advise people against visiting our beautiful island but I would ask people to use common sense before travelling without booking accommodation in advance if they intend to stay overnight.
“People regularly arrive at the station with nowhere to stay asking for advice and it is simply not possible for police to phone round hotels and B&Bs to try and find them accommodation.
“Like everyone else we want visitors to have the best experience possible but I would encourage people, who travel from around the world to see Skye, to plan ahead unless they want to spend a night in their car.”
Skye’s population of 10,000 swells to 60,000 during summer months as tourists clog the roadways and exhaust all available accommodation.
Local residents are fed up with littering from careless holidaymakers, some of whom have to camp out on the road overnight.
There are limited toilet facilities and car parking spaces to cope with the huge numbers.
It’s led to calls for a tourist tax to be introduced on the bridge connecting Skye to the mainland.
Local food van owner Roger Booth told the BBC: “It would be put into the island economy for better toilets, better waste facilities, better parking facilities and better roads.”
Contributing to its explosion of visitors was the Isle of Skye’s role in hollywood blockbusters and music videos.
Source : EXPRESS