High visitor numbers can put pressure on our most accessible and popular places and landscapes within the Park, particularly on lochshores, in picturesque towns and villages, and along popular paths. These pressures take a number of forms ranging from congestion of car parks, litter, irresponsible or anti-social behaviour, and general wear and tear on the environment from the cumulative effect of high volumes of people visiting and recreating in these areas.
The National Park’s road network can become very busy at peak times and problems can be exacerbated by illegal or irresponsible parking of vehicles. The safety of all types of road user can be threatened by vehicles travelling at unsafe speeds.
The access and use of the Loch Lomond islands still requires attention to ensure their precious habitats can thrive alongside land and water based recreational activity. The volume of marine litter affecting communities on Loch Long is a long-standing issue which requires innovative thinking to resolve.
We see a continuing need to address these issues through the right combination of engagement and education, investment in facilities and, where necessary, management measures and regulation to help alleviate pressure and prevent damage.
Much public investment has already been targeted in raising the quality of visitor facilities in the busiest areas improving car parks, toilets, information points, litter facilities, viewpoints and campsites.
This approach has achieved transformational improvements to East Loch Lomond and parts of The Trossachs through the 5 Lochs Visitor Management Plan. Continuing to find solutions which prevent these problems will support the more sustainable use of busy sites and give confidence for the private sector to play a role in providing visitor services.
|LEAD DELIVERY PARTNERS INCLUDE:|
|Forest Enterprise Scotland|
|Zero Waste Scotland|
|SUPPORT DELIVERY PARTNERS:|
|Keep Scotland Beautiful|
|Scottish Natural Heritage|
|Clyde Marine Planning Partnership|