Trip Adviser named the two islands the best in Europe after polls from the Websites’ visitors. This is a great boost for the islands reputation and comes after a report showing the improvement over the last few years in visitor numbers. Changes such as RET and the Sunday ferry restrictions beinf lifted have all helped, but the rest is down to the sheer beauty of the islands and its people. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-26247865
The road equivalent tariff (RET) has now become a permanent feature on Western Isles, Coll and Tiree services, following a pilot scheme. The scheme has brought affordable travel for vitors and residents alike. It has also been given the go-ahead for the Sounds of Barra and Harris routes. The scheme has made a huge difference to the Western Isles along with the Sunday Ferries. All that is required now is some good weather!