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Visitor numbers force Aberdeenshire Council to close access roads


By David Porter

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Good weather and the upcoming further easing of restrictions has seen visitors to popular spots in the north-east turned back due to capacity issues.

By 11am this morning staff at St. Cyrus said that their car park was at full capacity and could not accept any other visitors.

Rangers from Balmoral Castle and Estate said the Loch Muick car park was full to overflowing by 10am, a situation repeated by the NTS Mar Lodge Estate Rangers at Linn of Dee whose car park was also full by 10am.

As per notices made by the council back in April using road orders, access roads to both Loch Muick and Linn of Dee have been closed.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: "We urge the public to act responsibly when gathering outside or visiting beauty spots – not only for the safety of yourselves and others, but also for our beautiful countryside and coastline.

"Popular scenic areas across Aberdeenshire are likely to be busier than normal, and visitors should always have a ‘Plan B’ in mind if they discover that their intended destination is too busy.

"Please note that there is a limited capacity at Glen Muick and at Linn of Dee, and ‘No Entry’ signs will be displayed when car parks at these locations reach capacity.

"Road users are asked to respect the signage, follow advice and guidance from local Estate or Cairngorms National Park Authority Rangers and always park safely and with consideration for other road users, local residents or landowners.

"We encourage the public to remember to plan ahead."

Some hotspots could be busy and facilities such as car parks, shops and toilets may be closed or access reduced, so plan ahead before setting out – including checking relevant websites – and be


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