Tourism and sustainable development on the Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Rachel Creaney, Piotr Niewiadomski

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Abstract

Although the concept of sustainability has long permeated the literature on tourism and its development, the research on sustainability in tourism rarely reaches beyond the industry level to examine how tourism contributes to the sustainable development of a given destination in wider terms and how effective such processes can be in different economic, environmental and socio-cultural settings. The aim of this paper is to contribute to this important, yet under-developed, research agenda. The paper focuses on the Isle of Eigg – a remote community-owned Scottish island that has recently committed itself to becoming more sustainable and that seeks to rely on inbound tourism as the most important means to this end. It is demonstrated that tourism plays a key role in enhancing the economic stature of Eigg residents and that, rather than undermining, it strengthens the community cohesion on the island. Despite this, its contribution to the island's environmental sustainability cannot always be taken for granted and some trade-offs between these three kinds of sustainability cannot therefore be avoided. Moreover, economic sustainability on Eigg should not be considered synonymous with economic self-sufficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-233
Number of pages24
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Volume132
Issue number3-4
Early online date11 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • sustainable tourism
  • sustainable development
  • island tourism
  • Eigg
  • Scotland

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