One of Scotland’s iconic national parks has reminded visitors what to do if they find themselves cut short outdoors.
It comes after a stunning view of Loch Lomond was “ruined with debris from people toileting”.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park authorities issued the plea and shared a beautiful image from the bonnie banks – but with an unwelcome addition in the foreground.
“What a beautiful view,” the caption read, “But wait…what’s that?!”
“Look closer and you can see that this stunning scene is ruined with debris from people toileting outdoors,” it added.
The National Park urged people travelling to enjoy the area to ensure they know what to do when they “need a poo”.
What you should do when you need the toilet outdoors
According to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, not only does human excrement look and smell bad, it can be harmful to people and wildlife too.
The first piece of advice is to make use of toilet facilities before you set out.
The park has a handy map of last-chance loo stops.
But if nature calls when you’re out and about there are two options:
Dig a hole
- Take a trowel: Carry a small trowel with you
- Find your spot: Dig a hole 30m from buildings, water, other people and animals
- Do your thing: Bury your faeces in the hole and cover it
- Leave no trace: Bag up toilet paper or sanitary items. These can go in a bin when you get to one
Bag it and bin it
- Be prepared: Take some bags (dog poo bags or food waste bags work well) and a sealed container or another bag
- Do your thing: Defecate into the small bag
- Pack it out: Tie it up and put it in the container or sealed bag
- Disposal: Place it in a bin or empty it into a toilet when you find one