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Keep the Banks Bonny!

As you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of time on Loch Lomond and its islands and environs over the last couple of years. Over that time I’ve witnessed some of the needless damage done by visitors to the area. Pollution via litter and noise and anti-social behaviour threaten not only the enjoyment of other visitors but also the delicate eco system and wildlife in the area.

Campaigns have failed

I saw one crowd on Inchconnachan at the weekend. They had a marquee and several tents, music blaring out (of a sound system that would have been adequate for Wembley) and what looked like several hundred quids’ worth of empties strewn around a wide area. Apparently the music had been going at a rate of decibels until three on Sunday morning. They had several boats, chief amongst them a cabin cruiser that probably cost the owner about £80 grand to buy and £700 to fill with fuel. However these were no Hooray Henrys, if the tattoos, chunky jewellery and branded sportswear was anything to go by. And to think there is a move to cull the wallaby colony on Inchconnachan due to the damage they cause(!)

These bastards bring out the unreconstructed snob in me. There is a definite need for camping and boating to be further controlled in the National Park area. God knows the trauma caused to the nesting ospreys and other birds on Inchconnachan by the loud music. Or the erosion to the shoreline by thoughtless fuckers in fast boats and jetskis.

It is time for the National Park Authority to provide more regulated camping areas like the one on Inchcailloch with rules on noise etc and to ban camping at all other areas in and around the loch. I’m aware that this will cause grief to genuine wild campers but really it has to be done for the greater good.

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One Response

  1. well said Rab!

    selfish manky bastards f*** it up for everybody else.

    ‘a good kick up the airse etc etc ‘- (gamely trying to avoid descending into Daily Mail why-oh-why stuff)

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