Report and pictures by Bill Heaney
The public’s adherence to the lockdown is beginning to crack, Friends of Loch Lomond chairman James Fraser has warned.
Mr Fraser tolds BBC Radio Scotland he saw a “worrying trend” last weekend in the national park.
“People have been pretty good up to now given we are the most popular countryside destination in Scotland, but we did notice last weekend a sudden surge in traffic on some of the key routes on east Loch Lomond into the heart of the Trossachs and on the A82,” he said.
Mr Fraser believes it is still a minority but revealed there had been people picnicking at Loch Lomond Shores, others going through a series of barriers at Loch Katrine to have a BBQ and then being unwilling to leave until police were called, while there has been an increase in long-distance cyclists on the road.
“There is some irresponsible behaviour going on,” he says, stressing that there is “a real nervousness” among villagers about an expected “huge influx” of visitors once the lockdown is over.
Lomond Shores was a big attraction for motorists last weekend.