Visitors to be ‘engaged’ by Outdoor Access Rangers

Highland Council's Seasonal Outdoor Access Rangers began their patrols on Friday, April 1.

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Visitors to Lochaber and Skye may now have the chance to meet Highland Council’s seasonal outdoor access rangers who began patrols and visitor engagement last Friday, April 1.

The local authority plans to build a team of at least 17 rangers by June, working through the high season and into early autumn.

The access rangers will be supporting location action plans (LAP’s) for key tourist ‘hotspot’ destinations including: Road to the Isles – Arisaig/Morar and Glen Brittle – Isle of Skye.

As well as offering friendly and welcoming engagement with the public rangers will inform and educate people about access rights, wild camping, overcrowding, parking – including overnight parking in motorhomes, littering, fires, damage to trees and outdoor toileting.

They will also collect data on visitor numbers and capacity issues especially at popular sites.

In between patrols the rangers will liaise with communities and landowners when issues arise, working together on solutions. The council also hopes to recruit some local volunteer rangers to assist in busy periods.

Anyone interested in volunteering to work alongside the community access rangers in their area for the 2022 spring/summer season, can contact the team by email at accessrangers@highland.gov.uk or by phoning the senior ranger on 07909 051223