How welcome do you feel if you are a tourist?
White dykes near Kyle gave me a lovely and unexpected afternoon and suspect most on this forum would be welcoming to all.
Probably depends what you are going to do. Tourists dirty camping are likely to be pretty unwelcome! Those leaving no trace are likely to be ok... until our travel restrictions come in!
Get that-certainly holds true in the area where we live and kind of falls into the category of normal decent behaviour.
suppose should clarify _ we have felt , from a minority ,a certain antipathy.
> White dykes near Kyle gave me a lovely and unexpected afternoon
> > White dykes near Kyle gave me a lovely and unexpected afternoon
> Erm.... what?
Yes thanks white dyke near plockton!
Have a look at NC500 The Land Weeps FB page. It really highlights the probems of those small communities that are overwhelmed with campervans and 'wild campers' but lack the infrastructure and facilities needed to support large scale tourist ventures like the nc500.
Half the campsites and public toilets are closed. Council services aren't able to respond just now which hasn't helped. Meanwhile visitor numbers are through the roof. Not really surprised that you've encountered some antipathy.
Visitor numbers in the Gairloch area are down overall for August and September. The only significant increase us in number of camper vans, but that is a trend which has beeñ going on for years. I drove from Gairloch to Kintail yesterday to go hillwalking. Roads are now getting much quieter. I met no one on the ridge from Sgurr nan Saighead to Sgurr na Carnach. The "Highlands" is a very big place with lots of localised differences. Virtually no overseas tourists this year. I,ve been on the hills every few days in the north West and encountered very few people on most occasions. Provided tourists follow the rules _ which the vast majority appear to do, I as a"Highlander" have no problem with them .
Thanks for responses and understood.
Much already said about all the lockdown / crowding and how to look after our hills and don't think I can usefully contribute!
As usual 99% of people were friendly during our stay and look forward to being back over the winter ( responsibly and travel restrictions permitting)
That was meant to be a secret. Thanks Jamie!
Pretty much as usual really. Most folks ok with varying degrees of tourism and some people properly anti it. Plus ca change.
Having just spent a wonderful few days in Torridon businesses seemed very happy for me to spend my money there - and probably turned a blind-eye to me travelling through the Central Belt.
> Having just spent a wonderful few days in Torridon businesses seemed very happy for me to spend my money there - and probably turned a blind-eye to me travelling through the Central Belt.
Did you need to go to Torridon?
It is not law but the Scottish Government have asked people to think
"... whether you need to travel, especially if you live in, or would be travelling to or through, the Central Belt."
> Did you need to go to Torridon?
> It is not law but the Scottish Government have asked people to think
> "... whether you need to travel, especially if you live in, or would be travelling to or through, the Central Belt."
In the briefings NS was very clear that people who had accommodation booked wouldn't be expected to cancel it.
I've had a strong feeling of the Highlands emptying this week. I live in Inverness and had 5 days in Assynt last week and it was noticeably quieter by Sunday. Although there could be another wave on the way with English half term it might be a bit less with all the local restrictions.
You are quite right. As I said earlier the Gairloch area is noticeably quieter. Any tourists I encounter are acting responsibly wherever they come from. Number of people out in the hills has dropped markedly. Most hillwalkers/climbers are long accustomed to social distancing.. Slainte Mhath to you all.
Currently on Arran where its very quiet. Came via the ferry from Tarbet. We're in a B&B which we have to ourselves. The owner is glad of the business. They've had numerous cancellations because of worries and misunderstandings of the restrictions. Obviously no pubs or restaurants open but had a couple very high quality take aways. Just need the weather to buck up!
Last week it was pretty busy around Rannoch, mostly visitors from England. Feels very quiet now in Easter Ross, maybe it is the endless rain?
Never seen so many cars in the usual A9 hill bashing places as there were on Sunday.
> That was meant to be a secret. Thanks Jamie!
Really? Isn't it in the guidebook too? Even besides that, it's a) miles from anywhere with living people and b) totally underwhelming. I would be nothing short of stunned if it started to become crowded!
Mountaineering Scotland is urging hill goers to prepare for the clocks going back this weekend. They are asking every person in the hills to pack a headtorch - and a spare - as British summertime comes to an end.