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Gairloch new motorhome chemical toilet waste disposal for caravans on NC500

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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The new public toilets in Gairloch, with new facilities such as showers and chemical waste disposal. Picture: Highland Council.
The new public toilets in Gairloch, with new facilities such as showers and chemical waste disposal. Picture: Highland Council.

A new toilet facility has opened at Gairloch beach in a bid to cope with increasing pressure from tourism with high-quality infrastructure.

The new toilet block is said to include disabled-access, baby changing facilities, a freshwater tap, six bike racks, a seated area and shower facilities.

Importantly, the toilet block also includes a drive over grey waste and a black waste facility - allowing for responsible disposal of chemical toilet waste from motorhomes.

Fran Cree , director at Gairloch Area Development Ltd, said: "We are delighted the facilities at Gairloch beach are now open in time for Easter visitors. We’ve already received some very positive comments from motor home visitors and members of the local community.

“The new facilities have been a long time in the planning, and we owe a huge thanks to the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund and Highland Council's Coastal Communities Fund team for all their support.”


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Wester Ross councillor, Liz Kraft said: “Delighted to have attended the opening of these facilities. No cash is required for the facilities, so no need to go hunting for coins.

“This is a fantastic community initiative, that’s community owned and managed. A huge congratulations to everyone who made this happen!”Councillor Ken Gowans said: “Gairloch is a popular tourist destination which required upgraded facilities to meet visitor demand, whilst protecting and managing the surrounding landscape. This new facility has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the public whilst being sensitive to the area.”

A grant of more than £140k from the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, and over £52,000 from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund, put the project into motion. The two grants were given in a bid to support rural areas that have faced increasing pressure from tourism, and to support the economic regeneration and sustainable development in coastal areas.

The project was created via a community partnership driven by Gairloch Area Development Ltd, supported by Highland Council and Visit Scotland.

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