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Campers near Loch Ness woken up and moved on after clearing up their untidy site

By Val Sweeney

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An image of the camp site posted by Highland Council access rangers.
An image of the camp site posted by Highland Council access rangers.

Campers near Loch Ness were moved on after being woken up and told to tidy up their site.

Pictures of litter and a partly-burned log outside their tents were posted on social media by Highland Council's access team.

The images which were put up yesterday were accompanied by a post: "These campers were woken up and told to tidy up and move immediately. They were doing so and it will be checked later. Police were also informed."

The action prompted messages of support from the public.

"Well done," said one post. "Too many wild camping and not looking after the place.

"It's a shame for the ones who tidy up but far too many don't. Something needs to be done."

Another said: "There should be an absolute ban on campfires. Look at the horrible damage they are doing."

Following issues last year with "dirty camping" in many Highland locations – where many communities and land managers were appalled at the behaviour of some of the visitors – Highland Council has partnered with a number of organisations to develop a 17-person seasonal access ranger team.

It will help deal with potential problems at tourist hotspots in the region this summer.

Rangers will patrol sites and engage with visitors to ensure awareness of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, monitor use and report incidents to the relevant Council teams or emergency services.

Related story: New roles to help Highland deal with influx of tourists

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