S6M-00189: Orkney Voted Scotland's Best Island

That the Parliament welcomes the confirmation that Orkney has been voted Scotland's best island in the Which? survey of Scotland's islands; recognises that Orkney took the top spot with 88% approval from the 1,058 members surveyed; acknowledges that Shetland came a close second place, achieving an 86% approval rating with Harris, Islay and Mull each receiving a visitor score of 85%, putting them in joint third place; understands that factors such as tourist attractions, food and drink, ease of travel, and quality of beaches and scenery were taken into consideration, with 10 out of the 14 islands considered achieving over 80% approval; notes that while Scotland’s waters are home to approximately 800 islands, Which? Travel readers rated only 14, highlighting how undiscovered and uninhabited many of the islands still are; further notes that Orkney was praised for its “beautiful” scenery and friendly locals in the survey responses; thanks everyone associated with tourism, hospitality and travel in Orkney for helping achieve such well-deserved recognition, and looks forward to Scotland’s wonderful islands being able to welcome back more visitors in the months and years ahead.


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