The Highland Council supports Keep Scotland Beautiful #MyBeachyourBeach awareness campaign
The Highland Council is supporting Keep Scotland Beautiful - My Beach Your Beach campaign to encourage people to adopt better habits at the beach this summer and help protect the sand and sea.
Chair of the Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans said: “The Highland region is proudly home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Most folk don’t hesitate to take some basic steps and play their part in keeping the Highland beaches, sea life and wildlife protected, but sadly, there are people who still act irresponsibly.
I welcome the #MyBeachyourBeach initiative to help educate and encourage everyone to practice good habits every time they visit any of our beautiful unspoilt beaches. The natural beauty of the Highlands is world renowned so let’s make sure visitors and locals alike can enjoy the best possible experience.”
There are key things that everyone can do to ensure that our beaches and bathing waters are clean for all to enjoy:
- Dog poo: bag it and bin it and if the litter bin is full, then take it away with you.
- Bin your litter: or take it away with you - there is never an excuse for leaving litter for others to clean up.
- Don't feed the seagulls: leave them be. Attracting seagulls to popular beaches by feeding them can result in them disrupting bins, ingesting litter and generally becoming a nuisance for beach goers, as well as harming the seagulls themselves.
- Never pour fats, oils or greases down the drain. Only flush the 3Ps: pee, poo and paper down the drain.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code also provides some additional recommendations to ensure that beaches remain protected. To find out more information about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code click here (external link).
The Highland Council’s social media platforms will be highlighting the #MyBeachyourBeach campaign throughout the summer. The Council’s website has a dedicated section on tourism, where there are useful guides and links for visiting the Highlands, including public amenities, walks, journey planners, motorhome and campervan guidance.
The Highland Council wishes you a happy and safe visit to the Highlands this Summer. Let’s play our part to ensure our beaches remain a beautiful place for all to enjoy for generations to come!