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Plan to avoid the busiest walks this weekend

Some of Scotland’s best known places for walks are set to be busy again this weekend, as people continue to enjoy the eased lockdown restrictions. Last week, certain very popular locations within easy reach of a day trip from the central belt became excessively busy, with car parks overfull and excessive parking on the verges causing obstruction on narrow roads. This is likely to be the case again on some routes, especially in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with its proximity to Glasgow. Parking and roads to Ben A’an, Conic Hill and Ben Lomond are likely to be affected.

Scotland’s outdoors has almost endless amounts of space away from the most popular honeypots

If planning to ascend any of those hills, we would recommend arriving very early to be sure of getting a space. But a better plan is probably to chose a less well-known walk. Walkhighlands has over 2,100 walking routes to choose from, of all lengths, in all parts of Scotland – so why not have a browse and find your own perfect outing this weekend?

If you do arrive at parking which is already overful, please be flexible and choose another walk – you wouldn’t want to be the person that created an obstruction and prevented emergency services from being able to reach someone in need.

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