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Cairngorms in new camping plan

Posted 23 March 2010
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Cairngorms in new camping plan
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Informal camping areas in the Cairngorms National Park will be managed more effectively in the coming season, according to authorities.

While no bye-laws to outlaw informal camping in certain park hotspots are planned, the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) announced it intends to work with other agencies and landowners to better manage existing official sites.

"Most people camp very responsibly in the National Park and have a great time while causing very few problems," commented Murray Ferguson, head of visitor services and recreation at the CNPA.

However, he pointed out that sites at Loch Morlich and the Clunie Flats on Invercauld Estate near are two places within the park that will be targeted under a new partnership, following complaints about anti-social behaviour.

This partnership will involve the CNPA and ranger services and will see an improved support and liason arrangement developed with local police, as well as the development of suitable alternative campsites.

Visitors wanting to go walking or mountain biking in the Loch Morlich area can also stay in the Cairngorm Lodge youth hostel nearby.

Last month, a public consultation was launched by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority into new proposed bye-laws that would only permit camping within designated sites.

Posted by Dan Mirza