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Shock as 100 tyres dumped by fly-tippers on shores of Loch Ness

By Val Sweeney

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At least 100 tyres have been dumped on the shores of Loch Ness
At least 100 tyres have been dumped on the shores of Loch Ness

Fly-tippers have dumped at least 100 used tyres on the shores of Loch Ness.

They have been left below a popular layby near Drumnadrochit at the bottom of a steep escarpment which could prompt a logistical difficulties in removing them.

The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB), which has spoken of its shock and disbelief, is in discussion with various organisations including the police and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency about organising a clear-up.

Brian Shaw, director of the Ness DSFB, queried who would desecrate Loch Ness in such a way and said it was disappointing.

"It was shocking to see that someone had decided to dump at least a hundred used tyres on the shores of the iconic Loch Ness, below one of the most popular laybys," he said.

"This layby provides one of the best views of Urquhart Castle, and there are always tourists parked there taking in the view.

"Clearing this mess will be difficult, dangerous, even, due to the steep terrain and rocky shoreline, but we have been in discussion with SEPA, Dumb Dumpers, the police, and local organisations to see if something can be organised. "We are also trying to establish landownership, as the way the legislation is framed, it places – rather unfairly – much of the onus on clearing fly-tipping, on the landowner."

Others voiced their shock and fury on social media.

Neil Macaulay said: "Shocking but it's not easy to get rid of tyres now but people shouldn't dump them."

Scott Nam Frisealach said he had walked that road previously.

"There’s everything you can think of dumped down there, along all the steep parts from Urquhart Castle to the hostel," he said.

"General waste rubbish bags, couches, washing machines, wardrobes, beds rubble. All sorts. Terrible."

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