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Freedom of information request over seasonal access ranger activity at Ardvreck Castle amid concerns over visitor impact

By Caroline McMorran

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A BID is being made to find out how many times newly appointed rangers have asked campers to move on from an iconic Highland ruin that has been the source of much controversy.

A tent pitched at Ardvreck Castle earlier this year.
A tent pitched at Ardvreck Castle earlier this year.

Assynt Community Council has agreed to submit a Freedom of Information request following an approach from Dave McBain, secretary of Historic Assynt, which looks after Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt.

The community council heard that a ditch dug to prevent 4x4s accessing the beach near the castle had been filled with stones.

And an honesty box had been ripped off its stand.

Highland Council’s new seasonal access ranger team (Sart) began patrolling the region in mid-May.

The team is based throughout the Highlands to promote and advise on responsible access to the countryside through the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Rangers are patrolling sites to monitor their use. Incidents are being reported.

The rangers are working early mornings and evenings, the community council was told.

People climbing on the walls of Ardvreck Castle.
People climbing on the walls of Ardvreck Castle.

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