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A local resident of the Isle of Skye.
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A local resident of the Isle of Skye.

Police on the Isle of Skye have warned tourists to respect the area and ensure they have a prior booking for an overnight visit after the Scottish island known for its natural beauty became overwhelmed with visitors.

The guidance was issued as the Highland Games, a local festival of traditional sports and cultural events, took place in the town of Portree on Wednesday, marking the peak of the tourist season.

Businesses on the island, renowned for its glassy lakes and rugged mountains, have long campaigned for an infrastructure upgrade to cope with a growing influx of visitors.

The island is famed for its glassy lakes and rugged mountains.
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The island is famed for its glassy lakes and rugged mountains.

"Drive and park sensibly, think about where you are going to stay and leave the area clean and tidy as you found it," the Skye police said on Twitter, dismissing some media reports that they were advising visitors to stay away.

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"We are not advising people not to come to Skye and not turning people away at the bridge - we love visitors and just want people to be prepared," the Skye police added.

Traditional Scottish thatched cottage located on a river estuary surrounded by snow capped mountains, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
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Traditional Scottish thatched cottage located on a river estuary surrounded by snow capped mountains, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Scotland's tourism authority says that in 2015 around 2.26 million visitors stayed overnight in the Scottish Highlands, where Skye is located off the western coast.

Tourism provides more than 8 per cent of Scottish jobs. 

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