Planning ahead is key to visiting the Highlands during 2022

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Holidaymakers planning on visiting the Highlands in 2022 are being urged to book ahead as visitor numbers continue to grow.

The chairman of Highland Council’s Tourism Committee Councillor Gordon Adam is asking people booking their 2022 holidays to be aware that popular destinations like Lochaber will be busy during the spring and summer and on bank holiday weekends and to book ahead.

Websites like VisitScotland and the various destination marketing organisations around Highland provide visitors with information on booking accommodation direct, itinerary planning, local insights and general tourist information.

The Highland Council visiting the highlands web pages provide useful information for enjoying the area in 2022.

Visitors planning to camp or come in a motorhome should make sure they are aware of what they can and can’t do and where services are by checking Highland Council’s highlands/motorhome guide.

This also applies to self-contained motorhomes visiting in winter. Out of peak season, camping and motorhome services are still available but are limited, particularly in remote areas. It is important to check these out prior to travel.

The Highland Council is investing in visitor management services and support for public transport and active travel across the Highlands to help balance the increase in visitor numbers on the unique Highland landscape.

At national level, the VisitScotland Tread Lightly  awareness campaign aligns with the council’s ask of all visitors to the Highlands.

Councillor Adam added: ‘While people living and working in Highland tourism welcome and embrace visitors with open arms and are proud to share our spectacular landscapes and historic communities, we ask visitors to help play their part in protecting the very essence of what draws you to visit by being responsible and nurturing the environment to protect it for generations to come.’

Photograph: Glenfinnan Viaduct – just one of many tourist hot spots in Lochaber. September 2021 NO-F39-Glenfinnan-Viaduct-1.jpg