Aberdeenshire Council has put in place new road orders to allow for the roads to the Linn of Dee and to the Spittal of Glenmuick to be closed when car parks are full.
Last year there was serious overcrowding at both locations, with vehicles parked dangerously, blocking emergency access roads and, in some cases, causing damage. The council will, when the car parks are full, be restricting entry over a 7-month period commencing from April 1st.
Pete Crane, Head of Visitor Services at the Cairngorms National Park authority, said “Last year, as part of the visitor management work, Aberdeenshire Council and CNPA trialled a Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTRO) with Balmoral Estate for the Glen Muick road. We also carried out traffic management around the Linn of Dee with Aberdeenshire Council and National Trust for Scotland. These proved to be very useful mechanisms for managing high volumes of visitors.”
“In effect, when the car parks at these locations became full, access to these roads was restricted to ensure that the area was safe and to reduce parking at the sides of the road etc that became dangerous. The roads were only restricted when the car parks became full and were opened again when the car parks started to empty on a one in, one out basis. This was only done on a few occasions last year.”
“Access to these roads will only be restricted to vehicles when it is necessary and signage and staff will be in place. Residents, landowners, cyclists and walkers will still be able to access them.”
“The CNPA have made extra funding available to Aberdeenshire Council for variable message signs and to Balmoral and NTS for staff resources to help with this. We have made funding available to increase car park capacity at a number of locations including Linn of Dee and that work is going on at present. The CNPA has also hired a team of seasonal rangers, who will be patrolling the area in conjunction with the site–based services at Balmoral, Glen Tanar, Mar Lodge and other partners.”
The restrictions for the Linn of Dee will be shortly before the bridge over the Linn. The Glen Muick road closures will be at the turnings from the B976. The roads will remain open to cyclists and walkers, and for access to properties, at all times.