Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. in Balloch at the Maid of the Loch.
By Lucy Ashton
From Friday 16th April groups of up to six people from six households will be able to meet outside. Travel will also be permitted anywhere in Scotland for the purpose of outdoor socialising, recreation or exercise.
Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, said: “The easing of travel restrictions this week means that people from other areas in Scotland can travel to the National Park for day trips and experience the fantastic outdoor opportunities it offers. The health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature are well documented and have provided a real boost for people during such a tough year so we look forward to supporting that further as restrictions ease.
“We know from last summer that after a long time staying home, lots of people will want to travel again to the National Park and we have made extensive preparations to welcome them, including additional staff on the ground, extra toilets and more car parking spaces.
“That said, things are still not back to normal so please bear this in mind if you are planning a visit. We can only welcome day visitors at the moment so our campsites and camping permit areas won’t reopen until the next phase of restrictions easing on Monday 26th April.
“Many cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers also remain closed until 26th April, although some take away outlets will be open.
“Anyone planning a day trip to the National Park in the coming weeks should therefore plan ahead to make their visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.
“We expect the area to be very busy so it’s a good idea to check our social media or website for live information on car parking availability and details about opening times for toilets and visitor facilities. If car parks are full please consider an alternative location as irresponsible parking on rural road verges causes congestion and danger to others.”
If you’re planning a day trip to the National Park when restrictions ease please read their Advice to Visitors.