Communities in Torridon, Kinlochewe, Shieldfaig and Applecross, Wester Ross, have appealed to campers and motorhome owners to be responsible following lifting of Covid-19 coronavirus travel restrictions
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CAMPERS and motorhome owners have been urged to "act with respect and responsibility" by Wester Ross communities.
Torridon and Kinlochewe Community Council made the plea as visitors began returning to the area – and incidents of irresponsible behaviour were reported by some.
"We are still very much in a state of transition as lockdown eases with many facilities such as Torridon Campsite and Toilets still closed but a high number of campers and motorhomes in the area this week," said a spokesman on their Facebook page.
"A plea to please act with respect and responsibility.
"Try not to park beside local residents' houses overnight and do clear up after camping , taking any rubbish away.
"Fires set in inappropriate places can cause damage and even portable barbecues can start wildfires as we saw in Diabaig in recent years."
They added that "a number of campfires" had been set in recent days in the Applecross Bay area, with photos circulating online of dicarded disposable barbecues and uneaten food left lying for someone else to clean up.
They added that Friday night "saw all local viewpoints full with vehicles parked overnight and tents erected along the roadside".
They continued: "Just please leave the area as nice as you found it and follow a good camping code. Happily the toilet facilities at Kinlochewe, Shieldaig and Applecross are all now open again with hand sanitiser provided. All are community run so any donations welcomed."