Laggan road now 'bourach' of glen
IT has been celebrated around the world as "Monarch of the Glen" country, but now some can only see it as just a "bourach".
Photographs taken earlier this week along the Loch Laggan road capture a very different image of one of Scotland's best-known beauty spots.
Even the A86 lay-by directly opposite the fairytale Ardverikie House – one of the stars of the BBC series – has become a fly-tipping blackspot, with fridges and oil drums left to rot. Most of the stops along the picturesque road appear to be overrun by litter of all kinds.
Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes was a support of the Strathy's Time for a Spring Clean campaign last year and is fighting her own battle against plastic pollution and straws in particular.
She said: "It's a shame that we're once again talking about the mess left behind by passers-by. Littering is an act of utter selfishness, and the culprits should be forced to spend hours picking up litter.
"Sadly, some people would rather throw litter out the window than dirty their own cars. Whilst we can expend taxpayers money keeping the roadside clear and kindly volunteers can expend time and effort picking up after people, we need to deal with the root cause."