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Message posted by Capt Lightning15/6/2021 at 7:42am
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From the 'Press Journal'....

It is no surprise that Applecross is a popular stop for tourists completing the North Coast 500.

But now residents of the village will be asked if they want to remain part of the trail amid concerns about its impact on local infrastructure.

Earlier this year, moat-like ditches were dug at the Wester Ross village to stop motorhomes parking in environmentally sensitive places and signs put up warning of dirty camping.

While many businesses in the village are supportive of the NC500 and the trade it brings in, others feel the impact on the roads Ė and in particular on the winding Bealach na Bŗ Ė is starting to take its toll.

Applecross Community Council has said that as part of working on a future strategy for managing the negative effects of tourism, the issue of ďwithdrawingĒ from the NC500 has been mooted.

Chairman John Glover, who also owns his own business, said: ďThere seems to be a bit of a consensus emerging for a local poll on whether we should seek to be removed from the NC500 route. It would basically ask people if they want to still be part of the official route.

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Message posted by TheHeadGardener15/6/2021 at 11:49am
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About time too and I will be interested to see what the result is. The impact of the NC500 on small communities and narrow roads was bad enough in some places before Covid, but now it seems to be out of control.

Am I the only person avoiding the area between May - September because of the NC500?

Message posted by Capt Lightning15/6/2021 at 1:39pm
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No,you're not.   Although travelled most of the route in the past, I've completely avoided the area since the start of the NC500.

TheHeadGardener, coming from the Lake district, you have probably experienced similar things there. When I first started visiting the Lakes - almost 50 years ago, it was so much quieter and you could park without checking your bank balance first.

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 15/6/2021 at 8:09pm
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Iíve noticed a trend to drive the Pass of the Cattle for the bragging rights, like some Lake District passes. Except this one is single track with passing places, unlike the Lake District (apologies if Iím wrong there). When we did the NC500 several years ago, when it was much quieter, we didnít go over to Applecross in the MH by choice.
If the local residents chose to opt out of official NC500 marketing, the place will continue to attract the sensible & responsible (majority of visitors) and the stupid & irresponsible (minority) that are sadly at the bottom of this.
Itíll be interesting to see how this goes, but having to dig ditches in such a beautiful area to deter the idiots in MHs is a big pity.

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Message posted by alan2916/6/2021 at 2:16pm
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I see someone has come up with the Snowdonia 360.
I just wish they wouldn't. There was all sorts of problems last year with people parking all over the roads so emergency services couldnt get through, litter and rubbish and wild fires. Campsites were rammed.

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Message posted by TheHeadGardener16/6/2021 at 3:16pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 15/6/2021
TheHeadGardener, coming from the Lake district, you have probably experienced similar things there. When I first started visiting the Lakes - almost 50 years ago, it was so much quieter and you could park without checking your bank balance first.



Very much so Capt. The Lake District is now very different from the lovely quiet place I came to 30 years ago and I fear it will get worse before it gets better. It is not just the cost of parking, it is finding somewhere safe and sensible to leave your vehicle in the first place!

You may find this recent article about Lake District traffic   interesting (albeit depressing) reading.




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Thereís now a Kintyre 66 or K66. Though most people probably donít know where Kintyre is, so I think itíll stay pretty quiet. The website lacks enough information on campsites though.
Snowdonia was too busy for us many years ago, itís certainly off the list having seen the parking shenanigans last year.

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Iíve been a regular visitor to Applecross for about 12 years now and Iím glad I discovered it before NC500 was conceived.

In the past itís been pointed out to me that you canít complain about tourists if youíre a tourist yourself but there a huge difference between investing time and money in an area ( using campsite, renting cottages, eating and drinking in the pub and bistro and buying from local businesses) and using it as a Ďtick boxí exercise.

Applecross was always a busy destination for tourists but has been completely overwhelmed since NC500 was conceived and the covid situation has exacerbated this further.

Last week I followed a 6 berth, hired motorhome down the Bealach on the Kishorn side. It did no more than 15 miles an hour and the driver clearly had no idea of the length and breadth of the vehicle and didnít pull over to let the long following queue pass til almost at the bottom.
The driver must have been petrified but by now the box has been ticked and itíll be an amusing holiday anecdote.



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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58081513

Scroll down the pix and you'll find a very good reason for being off the NC500!

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There are some beautiful pictures on there, but... that motorhome? Ye Gods! It makes me wonder what some people have instead of brains... if I was driving something that big (which I wouldn't) I'd be researching my route VERY carefully in advance.

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My cousin lives in Lochcarron (the "start" of the NC500), and when we were there last October there were a procession of hyper-cars screaming through the village (easily doing 80+ on the approach) which is now becoming commonplace.
Apparently the target is to "do" the 500 in less than 8 hours which just proves money doesn`t buy commonsense. (and the sub 8-hours has allegedly been done on several occasions)

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Message posted by Ray Clayton06/8/2021 at 5:48pm
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Hi

You know if you abuse it, you will eventually loose it, simple as that.
And if you lived local, you may feel the same way as they do.

Again more than likely that the minority will be spoiling it for the majority once again.






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Glad I did it several years ago on my motorbike when the Bealach was almost empty. A memorable day indeed.


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