Free holiday for every Scottish citizen?

Ruth Doherty
Free holiday for every Scottish citizen?
Free holiday for every Scottish citizen?


The leader of the Highland Council has suggested that everyone living in Scotland should be given a free travel voucher to visit a Scottish island.

Michael Foxley broached the subject with VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing.

He said it would be in conjunction with the celebration of island culture that ends in April.

Foxley admitted that a downfall could be ferry firms losing out on fees, but highlighted they would make money back on beverages.

He told the BBC: "Although there is a theoretical loss of income to the ferry companies neither Calmac nor NorthLink Ferries should actually lose out as people would still buy food and drink on board and the potential for repeat trips would be encouraged.

"There would also be benefits to mainland ports as people will require food, drink and accommodation.

He also suggested that the scheme could initially be offered to secondary school pupils.

Foxley is waiting to hear back from the Scottish government about the idea, but we bet the nation is 100% behind it.

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