The Outer Hebrides Food Tourism Strategy is one of 21 projects awarded funding to promote locally-sourced food and drink. The projects will share £95,550 from the Connect Local Regional Food Fund. Rural Affairs Minister, Mairi Gougeon, announced the funding on a visit to IJ Mellis Cheesemonger in Edinburgh.

Christina Morrison of Outer Hebrides Tourism said: "We established a food trail - Eat Drink Hebrides - three years ago to help promote local food on the islands. This funding will allow us to take the next step in strengthening this network and grow on the profile of local food to better meet visitor needs.

"We wish to maximize the opportunities for our visitors to engage with our food by improving the information available to them, creating events for them to sample local produce and looking into the market for opportunities of food & drink experiences on the islands, some of which may already be weaved into our culture.

"We also aim to strengthen the network of food producers and outlets on the islands by linking buyers and suppliers and to improve on the understanding on visitors needs and wants."

Ms Gougeon said: "I have been hugely impressed by the standard and range of food and drink initiatives across Scotland.

"Innovative projects like these not only help local economies grow, they also promote the importance of locally produced food and drink and the environmental benefits of sourcing produce close to home."