Ben A’an Loch Lomond hiking car park to be expanded

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A hiking spot near Loch Lomond will expand its parking lot after increased demand on this hugely popular route.

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has announced plans to increase the capacity of its parking lot in Ben A’an later this year to help reduce congestion.

The popular spot near the western shore of Loch Lomond offers views of both Loch Katrine and all of Loch Lomond once the 1,500-foot peak is reached.

However, with limited space to park cars, this often leads to vehicle abandonment, causing chaos and heavy congestion on narrow roads.

limited parking often leads to vehicles being abandoned on the roads

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Sue Morris, FLS’s visitor services manager, said the work won’t interfere with the hectic summer season Ben A’an usually encounters, but people should always have a second destination in mind.

She said: “Irresponsible parking is an issue that we hope to help alleviate – at least in part – by adding 26 more spaces to the parking lot, which is as many as the site can accommodate.

“We won’t be able to put this in place for the busy summer season, but we are giving a lot of warnings in advance because when we start work in September the parking lot will be closed Monday through Friday.”

Plans for the parking lot extension come months after reports of Stirling council staff were “verbally and physically abused” while in the tourist destination which suffered from overcrowding and traffic. other problems later in April.


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