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Tourists advised to plan ahead and check the dos and don'ts before setting off for the Highlands amid ongoing concerns about the behaviour of some visitors


By Scott Maclennan

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Rubbish left behind by irresponsible wild campers.
Rubbish left behind by irresponsible wild campers.

Visitors to the Highlands during 2022 have been encouraged to plan ahead and make full use of the resources available from Highland Council and tourist bodies about dos and don’ts and to access the best information.

Tourism has become and increasingly problematic issue in the north amid a rise in visitor numbers, which are expected to continue to grow amid the popularity of holidaying closer to home.

The chairman of the council’s Tourism Committee Gordon Adam asked holiday-makers to plan ahead with websites like VisitScotland and the various destination marketing organisations.

There and on the local authority’s own website prospective tourists can find useful information about camping or motorhoming, what facilities and services are available as well as booking accommodation, itinerary planning, and local insights.

The council has been forced to invest in visitor management services and provisions to help tackle problems like wild camping, fire setting, inappropriate disposal of waste from camper vans and severe littering.

A VisitScotland Tread Lightly awareness campaign aligns with the Council’s ask of all visitors to the Highlands, which can be found by clicking here.

Tourism Committee Chairman Councillor Gordon Adam said: “We welcome people visiting the Highlands and ask them now – when booking their holidays for 2022 to be aware that popular destinations will be busy at key times; and wherever possible people should plan and book ahead, particularly for the Spring/Summer season or on bank holiday weekends.

“While people living and working in Highland tourism welcome and embrace visitors with open arms and are proud to share our spectacular landscapes and historic communities, we ask visitors to help play their part in protecting the very essence of what draws you to visit by being responsible and nurturing the environment to protect it all for generations to come.”

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