Travel disruption as sun-seekers flock to beauty spots

Those hoping to visit Millport on Saturday are facing a two-hour wait for a ferry.

Travel disruption as sun-seekers flock to beauty spots SNS

Saturday’s sunshine has caused travel disruption throughout the country – with visitors to Millport facing a two-hour wait for a ferry.

With temperatures expected to reach the low 20s, Scots have hit the road early to soak up the sun at beauty spots and beaches.

Caledonian MacBrayne has warned that due to the volume of traffic, there is currently a two-hour wait for vehicles hoping to cross from Largs to Great Cumbrae.

The ferry operator later stated it was unable to accommodate day trip foot passengers due to the large demand.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is also warning visitors to come up with a ‘plan B’ due to increased traffic.

By 8.13am, the Ben A’an car park was already full. At 9am, parking near to Ben Lomond and Ben Vorlich was also at capacity.

The park authority has advised hillwalkers: “Cars are already parking along the verge on the A82 at Inveruglas and on the road at Rowardennan so pick somewhere less busy and enjoy your walk.

“If you’re heading out today, be ready to go to a plan B destination if your chosen location is full.

“Respect your park by parking responsibly.”

Meanwhile in the Highlands, Police Scotland is urging visitors to Morar and Arisaig to be “mindful” of the local community following a surge of complaints linked to anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Isla Campbell stated: “Before travelling to Lochaber, have a plan B for where you will park if your intended destination is not available and consider moving to another area or walking a distance after parking responsibly.

“We do not want to spoil people’s fun and so we urge the public to be responsible and park safely.”

Vehicles causing an obstruction will be removed. Campers are also being urged to act responsibly.

Highland councillor Denis Rixson said: “We want visitors to come and share our beautiful environment. But Covid19 had made this year particularly challenging for all of us. 

“Please park sensibly and leave nothing but your footprints in the sand. 

“After your trip we want you to depart with warm memories and return again in the future.”

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