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Campaigners were left dismayed and frustrated this week after tents, plastic bottles and bags of litter were left strewn along a river bank in Glen Etive by a group of campers over the weekend.
This latest bout of littering to hit the iconic glen was reported on the Facebook page Glen Etive: the dirty truth, and sparked an angry response from residents and outdoor enthusiasts.
Mark Shone, who set up the Facebook page, said that although finding litter like this is a regular occurrence, he is fully aware that it is ‘a minority spoiling it for the majority’.
‘I have seen a massive increase in the amount of visitors over the past several years which I put down to social media,’ he said. ‘What little infrastructure there is in the glen isn’t capable of withstanding the current pressure. I see it getting a lot worse before it gets better.’
Mr Shone went on to say that the clean-up is left to locals, ‘good Samaritans’ and National Trust staff and volunteers.
‘We don’t want to see an end to wild camping in Glen Etive and welcome people that practice responsible access,’ he added. ‘I don’t know what the answer is long term.’