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Call for visitors to the Highlands to plan ahead as popularity of the area grows

By Gordon Calder

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A PLEA has been made for tourists who visit the Highlands to plan ahead as the popularity of the area grows with many people intending to holiday in the UK this year due to worries over Covid.

The call comes from the chairman of Highland Council's tourism committee, Gordon Adam, who said: "We welcome people visiting the Highlands and ask them when booking their holidays for 2022 to be aware that popular destinations will be busy at key times; and wherever possible people should plan and book ahead, particularly for the spring/summer season or on bank holiday weekends."

The local authority stresses that if people are planning to camp or visit in a motor home they should be aware of what you can and can’t do and where facilities and services are by reading the visiting the highlands/motor home guide.

That advice also applies to self-contained motor homes visiting in winter. Out of peak season, camping and motor home services are still available but are limited, particularly in remote areas. It is important to check these out prior to travel, it says.

Visitors to the Highlands, including those in motor homes, are being asked to plan ahead before coming north
Visitors to the Highlands, including those in motor homes, are being asked to plan ahead before coming north

The Highland Council is investing in visitor management services and provisions to support public transport and active travel across the area and help balance the increase in visitor numbers on the unique Highland landscape.

Councillor Adam added: "While people living and working in Highland tourism welcome and embrace visitors with open arms and are proud to share our spectacular landscapes and historic communities, we ask visitors to help play their part in protecting the very essence of what draws you to visit by being responsible and nurturing the environment to protect it all for generations to come."

Websites like VisitScotland and the various destination marketing organisations around Highland provide visitors with lots of information on booking accommodation direct, itinerary planning, local insights and general tourist information.

The Highland Council visiting the highlands web pages provide useful information for enjoying the area in 2022.At a national level VisitScotland Tread Lightly awareness campaign aligns with the council’s plea to visitors to the area.

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