15 Jul John O’Groat Journal
Highland Council launches motorhome and campervan guidance for visitors.
A helpful and welcoming motorhome and campervan guidance booklet has been produced to help visitors enjoy the Highlands responsibly – protecting the environment and keeping it clean, tidy and safe for both visitors and residents.
Highland Council is adapting to the significant increase of motorhome ownership and rental in the UK and the demand for self-contained holidays by creating a helpful guide for those travelling on Highland roads this summer.
A paper copy of the guidance will be available shortly and distributed via the seasonal access ranger team. An online version is available here www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/download/1999/visiting_the_highlands
Chair of the council’s tourism committee, Cllr Gordon Adam said: “The demand for travelling via motorhome has been intensified during the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result the Highlands are experiencing a significant increase of motorhomes and campervan visitors.
“Many of the users may be driving larger vehicles for the very first time, the guidance is a useful reminder of the rules and regulations and identifies how single track roads, passing places and parking in rural areas differ from urban areas. You can help support the local economic recovery; by using local businesses wherever possible, buy groceries in local shops, have a coffee and cake in a café or enjoy an evening meal in a local restaurant. Book and plan ahead wherever possible.”
Chair of the council’s communities and place committee, Cllr Alan Henderson added: “As part of the council’s Visitor Management Plan (VMP) ambitions, the authority has created a useful guide to help motorhome and campervan users enjoy travelling the Highlands responsibly, whilst limiting the impact on communities and residents.