Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Campervans

Over the years, large numbers of people have visited the Western Isles in a motorhome or campervan. Their presence does not elicit universal approbation, and feelings against them run very high in the district of Ness at the moment. Cafe Sonas in Port of Ness has had to close this week, after visiting motorhomes used their public toilets to empty their chemical toilets into. The restaurant's toilets are blocked and the place cannot open as a result. Also, the motorhome drivers have (ab)used the powerpoints in the toilets to charge up their batteries.

There are designated places in Lewis and Harris for motorhomes to hook up and service the vehicle (like for the toilets). It would appear to me that information about these facilities is being disseminated insufficiently, and there should be proper signage along the road. Also, all motorhome drivers entering the islands should be issued with an information pack as to where services for them are, and also where they can and cannot park for the night. A public carpark is not really appropriate, as it blocks up several spaces for, yes, cars.

I feel that anyone wishing to visit these islands in a motorhome is most welcome to do so. But let's make it a positive experience for all - I've given a few ideas how to make that happen.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes the line between use & abuse is hard to place.
    It would appear to me that information about these facilities is being disseminated insufficiently >>That is the culprit in many cases. Well put.

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