Lochaber beauty spots will benefit from police and ranger patrols

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The popular destinations of Arisaig and Glen Etive were just two of the places chosen to receive support and solace from the community last weekend as tourist numbers surged.

Police and Visitor Management Group partners from Lochaber, Skye and South West Ross have visited a number of popular west coast locations as the summer holiday period kicks in.

Highland Council Access Rangers, supported by Police Scotland officers, checked 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.

Senior Access Ranger Rosamonde Birch explained: “Lochaber Rangers coordinated patrols alongside local officers over the busy weekend with great success.

‘Additional support from Police Scotland has ensured that visitors to key sites are not only made aware of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and the ‘leave no trace’ approach, but also of additional support from the police for any anti-social behavior to ensure that everyone enjoys their stay and has acted responsibly outside.

Inspector Isla Campbell. Photography: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

from Fort William Police Station, added: ‘The area continues to be busy with visitors and our partnership approach with Highland Council has been successful. We will continue to focus on peak weekends as the season progresses and increase patrols as needed.

Guidance is provided for 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,’ Inspector Campbell said.

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 forest fire – 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.

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