THE OWNERS of Kilchurn Castle have hit out after anglers left cans and bottles and damaged trees so badly they had to be felled.
LANDOWNERS at Kilchurn Castle say there is an ongoing problem with campers.
Last weekend Kenny Gray and his wife Kristina were outraged with the mess one group left.
Mr and Mrs Gray said the group of eight, who were on a fishing trip, left behind around 80 empty cans and Buckfast bottles.
They also said that the group damaged the trees so badly, that they wouldn’t have survived and had to be felled.
‘It’s an ongoing problem,’ Mr Gray said. ‘We own the land around Kilchurn Castle and we keep it as private fishing, which is great, but every so often we get a bunch of people who wreck the place.
‘The bunch that were there on Friday wrecked the trees. They left around 80 cans and bottles of Buckfast. I had to fell the trees as they were so badly damaged. They just left a total mess.
‘It’s getting worse because they closed Loch Lomond and people who went there are now coming here.’
Seasonal camping bye-laws were introduced to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park between March 1 and September 30 each year. The bye-laws were brought in to manage the environmental damage caused by the vast number of people camping in some areas and displaying anti-social behaviour.
People can still stop and rest in lay-bys, including staying overnight if necessary, but permits to stay in them will no longer be issued.
However, vandalism isn’t the only problem the Grays have had to deal with.
‘My wife has been threatened,’ Mr Gray said.
‘That’s why I have started wearing a body camera.’
Mr Gray waited until the next day before reporting the incident to the police, owing to fear of retaliation.
He added: ‘The police said there was not enough evidence. We had photographs, names, addresses and car registrations.
‘I had a meeting with the inspector before and they said just call us, but when I phoned in the other night, there was no action taken.’
At the time of going to press, Police Scotland were unavailable for comment.
Trees were so badly damaged they had to be felled.