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Locals raise concerns on visitors climbing at Ardvreck Castle in the Highlands


By Louise Glen

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People climbing on the walls of Ardvreck Castle.
People climbing on the walls of Ardvreck Castle.

A shock photo showing a group of people climbing on Ardvreck Castle, is something of a regular sight for residents.

The photo, shared on the twitter page Ullapool Craic, appears to show people climbing around the turret of the ancient castle.

Commenting on the photo, the author of the post said: "Sad to hear that Ardvreck Castle was getting trashed again today, and this evening the Ullapool cemetery is being used as a campsite."

Speaking about concerns around over-tourism in the region due to initiatives such as the North Coast 500 route, they continued: "When will @northernPolice or any of councillors or politicians actually do anything?

"We're being sacrificed for tourist money."

One local resident told the Ross Shire Journal: "Tourists are outnumbering locals by hundreds of visitors and there is just no way anyone can police or control the behaviour of such a large group of people. Bad and naughty behaviour is now being reported on a daily basis. People are not doing anything criminal, it is just uncaring behaviour.

"We have ancient monuments in Scotland because we have cared and respected them for generations.

"It will take for our land and ancient monuments to be destroyed for anyone to sit up and take notice."

"We want tourists, but we are not Ibiza, we have a slow and simple way of life in the Highlands."

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