Tourist advice will be available in Tarbert for the new visitor season, says Essence of Harris, the local company which is taking over the premises vacated by VisitScotland.

Since last year, Outer Hebrides Tourism and VisitScotland have now working together to create information points throughout the Islands using private sector or Third Sector partners.

There has been growing concern since last autumn in Harris about the fate of the office as the tourist agencies originally expected the office to be open in its new format throughout the winter.  

Now Jamie McGowan, founder of Essence of Harris - which produces unique ranges of candles and related products from its base in Tarbert for sales nationally and internationally - says the office will be revamped and reopened by April 1st, if not earlier. This follows agreement with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar which owns the building.