Busy week on roads ahead

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS INVERNESS - BY CALUM ROSS

Po­lice have warned High­land driv­ers to pre­pare for “ex­tremely busy” roads next week as the area hosts the Black Isle Show and Bel­ladrum fes­ti­val.

The Black Isle Show is be­ing held at Muir of Ord on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, while the Bel­ladrum Tar­tan Heart mu­sic fes­ti­val runs from Thurs­day to Sun­day.

Po­lice said that Thurs­day in par­tic­u­lar would be busy on lo­cal roads and backed ad­vice urg­ing peo­ple to ar­rive early for the events.

Car parks and camp­sites at Bel­ladrum are open from 8am on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Event Com­man­der Chief In­spec­tor Bob Mackay said: “We are pleased to be sup­port­ing these events as they re­turn for an­other year.

“Our lo­cal of­fi­cers will be in at­ten­dance at Bel­ladrum Tar­tan Heart Fes­ti­val and the Black Isle Show and I would en­cour­age peo­ple to ap­proach them with any con­cerns they may have or if you need as­sis­tance.

“Any­one who sees any­thing sus­pi­cious should re­port this to po­lice.”

Di­vi­sional Road Polic­ing In­spec­tor Gus Ste­wart added: “For those at­tend­ing the events, we would en­cour­age leav­ing plenty of time for your jour­ney and fol­low the travel ad­vice pro­vided by or­gan­is­ers.

“I would also like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind driv­ers of the drink-drive rules and to be aware of how much you drink the night be­fore you plan to leave, as you could still be over the drink-drive limit in the morn­ing.”

Rod MacKen­zie from the Black Isle Show said: “Black Isle Farm­ers’ So­ci­ety is grate­ful for the help and sup­port we have re­ceived from Po­lice Scot­land and other agen­cies in the plan­ning process which lead up to two ma­jor events.”.”

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