COUNCIL rangers have been joined by police to check visitor hotspots in Ross-shire and the wider Highlands as the summer holiday period kicks into full gear.
Police and Visitor Management Group partners from Lochaber, Skye and South West Ross visited locations including the highly popular destinations of Glen Etive and Arisaig to provide support and reassurance to the community.
They checked out local hotspots and interacted with visitors to ensure everyone enjoyed the visitor experience in the Highlands.
Visits were made to a number of popular places where people were camping and reminders were given about respecting the local community, its countryside and its environment, leaving no litter and parking vehicles with care.
Chairman of Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Ken Gowans, said: ‘I would like to thank Access Rangers and Police Scotland for all their hard work over the weekend as they aim to make visitor experiences in the Highlands enjoyable and safe. Together with partners, the council is committed to ensuring that visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday in our beautiful region.
Senior Access Ranger Rosamonde Birch said: “Lochaber Rangers coordinated patrols alongside local officers over the busy weekend with great success. The additional support from Police Scotland ensured that visitors to key sites were not only informed of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the ‘leave no trace’ approach, but also of additional police support for any anti-social behavior to ensure that everyone enjoys their stay and acts responsibly. outdoors. »
Inspector Isla Campbell of Fort William Police Station said: ‘Officers were able to engage with visitors to Glen Etive with no crime detected over the weekend. The area continues to be very popular with visitors and our partnership approach with the Highland Council has been successful. We will continue to focus on peak weekends as the season progresses and increase patrols as needed.
“Our aim is to engage with visitors to minimize any disruption to the local community and environment, with advice provided to campers and motorists across Morar, Arisaig, Mallaig, Glen Nevis, Glencoe and Glen Etive.
“Anti-social behavior on these sites will be dealt with rigorously and I encourage anyone with concerns to come forward and speak to the police.”
The Highland Council and the Police urge everyone to enjoy the outdoors, but do so responsibly.
Put the waste in a bag and take it home if the bins are not available or are full.
Do not leave trash bags next to full trash cans.
Don’t risk starting a wildfire – if you can’t leave a trace, then don’t make a fire.
To find out more about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/.
The Highland Council website has a section dedicated to tourism www.highland.gov.uk/tourism where there are guides and useful links for visiting the Highlands, including public facilities, walks, trip planners, advice for motorhomes and motorhomes.
Further patrols will be carried out by partners Lochaber, Skye and South West Ross Visitor Management Group during the summer season.